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4 Resources for Greening Your Schoolyard

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 17, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

(Our Thursday blog posts are now reflecting monthly themes. For April, in honor of National Environmental Education Week (April 13-19), we’re posting about environmental protection issues and resources. Let us know what you think by… More

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Activities on Environmental Protection, Reawakening Wonder

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 10, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

(Our Thursday blog posts are now reflecting monthly themes. For April, in honor of National Environmental Education Week (April 13-19), we’re posting about environmental protection issues and resources. Let us know what you think by… More

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14 Picture Books for Exploring Eco-Friendly Actions

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 3, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

(Our Thursday blog posts are now reflecting monthly themes. For April, in honor of National Environmental Education Week (April 13-19), we’re posting about environmental protection issues and resources. Let us know what you think by… More

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Goose’s Story

by Cari Best

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on January 27, 2014 | Filed under Animal Protection, Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Early Childhood, Elementary, Resources, Science

When a girl and her dog greet the geese as they return in the spring, she discovers one of the geese is missing a foot. The other geese shun the injured goose at first, and… More

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7 Tips for Nurturing Compassion in Young Children

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 26, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

When people are asked to list the best qualities of humans, kindness and compassion are always at the top of the list. We’re able to be compassionate with others in large part because we can… More

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Rekindle Students’ Love of Nature with “Natural Value”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on November 14, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Despite what a recent toy advertisement might have us believe, children tend to have an inherent affinity for the natural world. That connection can fade if it’s not nurtured regularly. But even with young people… More

Natural Value

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on November 12, 2013 | Filed under Activism, Animal Protection, Citizenship & Community, Environmental Protection, High School, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Middle School, Resources, Science

Students reflect on an image that captures natural beauty and the intrinsic value that nature has in order to consider their own roles in protecting nature  and to help nurture their sense of wonder. (As… More

Mouse vs. Zucchini: A Lesson on Perspective

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 7, 2013 | Filed under Animal Protection, Citizenship & Community, Elementary, Humane Living, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Media & Culture, Middle School, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

Using a brief video featuring a mouse and a zucchini on a kitchen counter, students will consider the issue of perspective and discover and think about the perspectives of other people and of nonhuman animals…. More

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Lifelong Learning Makes the Best Bucket List

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on September 3, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

I decided to work fewer hours than usual this summer. What a privilege this was. I live in Downeast, Maine. Coastal Maine people usually work much harder in summers than at other times of year…. More