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Teaching Empathy and Compassion in Afterschool Programs

When you think of a Mutt-i-gree, an adorable rescue dog or cat probably comes to mind. But have you ever considered that a stuffed animal could be an adequate substitute for teaching empathy and compassion?While increasing numbers of schools are adopting school dogs as part of the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum, one school district is making a - Read more

By: The Mutt-i-grees Team | Categories: Idea Exchange

Beat the “Summer Slide” with Mutt-i-grees

Each year, many children — particularly those from low-income backgrounds — lose as much as three months of reading skills during the summer. Known as the “summer slide,” this learning loss is cumulative and can leave some children up to three years behind their peers by the end of fifth grade. In Arkansas, educators - Read more

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D is for Decisions

We love seeing Mutt-i-gree Puppet in action! He had a blast helping students in Mrs. Kayla Moore's class at Sallie Cone Preschool Center in Conway, AR create "D" dog art while discussing decision-making as part of lessons from the Dealing with Decisions theme in the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum.

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Mutt-i-grees® Song and Dance

Students and teachers across the country have integrated song and dance into their Mutt-i-grees Curriculum. Here are a few examples, feel free to adopt these songs for your students. Or, perhaps they will inspire you to write your own?

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Mutt-i-grees® Reading Room

Students and teachers at South Side School (AR) campus have created a Mutt-i-grees® Reading Room! Second grade students come once a week to read to Tripp, the school’s resident teaching Mutt-i-gree®. Students are so excited to get one-on-one time with Tripp and look forward to reading to him. The school also uses their Mutt-i-grees® Reading - Read more

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Finding Feelings

Finding Feelings, the second theme in the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum, teaches children to understand and label their own emotions and the emotions of others. Before children can begin to figure out how others might be feeling, they have to be attuned to their own feelings. Adults, too, need to be aware, not only of the - Read more

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Building Self-Awareness

How well do you know yourself? Self-awareness is the first step in social and emotional learning. Although we often focus on getting to know our students and their families and, in the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum, on enhancing students’ self-awareness, it’s important to take the time to make sure we get to know ourselves! Gaining awareness - Read more

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Encouraging Empathy

Encouraging Empathy is the core of the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum; the preceding two themes set the foundation for developing empathy, and the themes that follow -- Cultivating Cooperation and Dealing With Decisions -- build on this skill. Although known as a social skill, empathy is critical, not only to effective relationships, but also to academic - Read more

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12 Things You Can Do to Help Animals in Need

The following are some activities you can do to make a difference in the lives of Mutt-i-grees. Remember to ask for your parent or guardian’s permission (and assistance, if needed). Make cat toys from brightly colored yarn, and donate them to your local shelter or rescue group (check out our Pinterest page for ideas). Use - Read more

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Curriculum Activity: Letters to Mutt-i-grees®

Writing letters to Mutt-i-grees® is a creative way to apply lessons on empathy and feelings in your classroom. Encourage students to think about life from the perspective of a Mutt-i-gree® awaiting adoption at a shelter: How might s/he feel? How can you help? Are there any lessons you can learn from Mutt-i-grees®? Jeter’s Tail - Read more

By: Muttigress Team | Categories: Idea Exchange