The team at Krabooz have created a 360 degree pet learning experience for school children across all the primary school levels. This innovative and comprehensive program includes an Education in Hermit Crabs and Pet Care. The Schoolz packs are available in the Island store and include the Krabooz hermit crabs and everything you need to take care of them and a unique code that gives Teachers access to the lesson plans for Pre-school, Lower and Upper primary.
Why Krabooz as Classroom Pets?
The Krabooz are your typical pet Hermit Crab (Coenobita Variabilis) but are presented in a fun and engaging way for children. Krabooz are the perfect classroom pet because they are easy to care for, small in size and engaging for all ages. The Krabooz have an exciting brand of hermit crab tribes and storyline, which adds excitement and adventure for the kids, creating a more interesting, engaging and modern program for learning.
Easy to look after in the classroom and are compact
The Krabooz enclosure takes up a relatively small space within the class room. All you need is an area approx. 30cm x 30cm to place the home. Hermit crabs are easy to look after as you will see in the detailed care guide. Best of all they eat most things and create minimal mess and no odours.
They are a very compact pet, which are very easy to travel with. The easy to carry Krabooz Liferingz allows students to take them home over weekends and holiday periods. It has handle and is made of light plastic (will not fall and shatter). And we have lots of care information online for weekend parents!
Krabooz Enrich the Classroom Experience
- Children with no exposure to animals or nature in their home environment can see, feel, touch and make connections to the wide world of animals with their Krabooz.
- Observing and caring for an animal instills a sense of responsibility and respect for life.
- A class pet brings increased sensitivity and awareness of the feelings and needs of others—both animals and humans.
- Children learn that all living things need more than just food and water for survival.
- Students will see how their behavior and actions directly affect others.
- Studies show that the presence of animals tends to lessen tension in the classroom.
Health and Welfare benefits
Caring for pets in the classroom is one way of improving school attendance and teaching children about responsibility.
The RSPCA support the idea that children who have pets are less likely to miss days of school as well as teach children about responsibility.
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The introduction of a class pet for children with autism may provide a relatively inexpensive and innovative addition to current practices. Studies have shown that “the mere presence of animals alters a child’s attitudes towards him- or herself and improves the ability to relate to others.” Some introductory research has shown that animals can help children with autism to show more pro social behaviour and an increased use of language.
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Taking care of a pet provides opportunities for learning. It builds a child’s self-esteem and develops strong human animal bonds.
Nobody enjoys being treated roughly. Kids soon learn that if they want to be liked and trusted by the Krabooz family, they’ll need to treat them carefully and kindly or they might get a nip! This sort of training benefits all children, including children with disabilities.
Veterinarian surgeon and former RSPCA resident vet Dr Mark Westman, believes that children who have pets benefit from greater self-esteem from interactions and love shared for their pet (27.02.2012).
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A small child can begin to learn to care for the needs of another living being. Whether helping to empty a cup of Muncheiz into the bowl, or filling the Saltz bath, it’s never too early to start teaching children how to care for animals. Teachers must monitor all pet care that the child carries out. Children should be expected to fulfill their responsibilities, but when the inevitable slip-ups occur, we shouldn’t make too much of a fuss; we should just point out that the pet was counting on them.
The Krabooz can have human contact and can become a child’s best buddy. These relationships help to strengthen a child’s social skills, giving them the potential to do better in a school setting.
The Krabooz School Program incorporates a combined curriculum approach. It allows teachers to integrate learning across all Key Learning Areas. Lesson plans and activity ideas cover the following areas:
Students will approach learning with enthusiasm, interest and personal connection. The activities span a wide range of learning styles and cater for all children and their special needs.
- Science and Technology
- Human Society and it’s Environment
- Creative Arts
Included with the pack is a unique code that gives you 1-years access to lesson plans for early years, lower primary and upper primary.
- Unit Of Works
- Program Idea’s
- Black Line Masters
- Notebook Designs