All Cedar River Montessori students, from early childhood through middle school, learn about animal care and behavior.
Through a student-centered (and animal-centered!) approach, and careful observation and knowledge of human and animal behavior, our animal behaviorist creates a positive learning environment for both the students and our animals.
With our pasture animals, the students go beyond the basic feeding and watering to practice animal husbandry techniques like hoof care and administration of baking soda/water to calm stomachs. Animal behavior and handling is a key part of all levels of students working with the animals, including creating animal enrichment activities (the students learn that the goats often like to play with toys just like they do!). The 12 Acre Classroom experiences complement the fundamental human needs lessons, revealing to the students the commonalities between all living things – plants, animals, and humans, alike.