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Share your Story!

Do you know about someone for whom a Mutt-i-grees® meant so much? Or do you have a personal experience you can share about your dog? Do you know of an incident or experience where lessons from the Curriculum made a difference?

By submitting your personal stories you have the opportunity to “Share your Story” about you, students, friends or other teachers and their special relationships with their dogs. Share you stories about visits to an animal shelter or volunteer activity that you or your students are involved in.

Provided by: Deirdre McKay, Museum Educator
Stepping Stones Museum for Children
Norwalk, CT

I have been facilitating the Mutt-i-grees program at the Stepping Stones Museum for Children, here in Norwalk, Connecticut. It's been a pleasure to bring valuable lessons to children and their parents. We differ from the school classroom-based Mutt-i-grees programs because we have parents along with the children, and they can continue inserting the Mutt-i-grees values into their children’s lives. We have partnered with our local PAWS animal shelter and their representative Lisa Didinato has wholeheartedly embraced the partnership opportunity. Lisa comes to the museum every week, bringing along a different shelter dog each visit. We teach the children that animals have feelings and communicate too!

Letter to Yale, School of the 21st Century

Provided by: Roxanne Marci, Preschool Teacher
Ben Franklin School
Meriden, CT

We had the extreme pleasure of meeting and working with Cesar Millan when he came to visit our school to see the Mutt-i-grees Curriclulum in action. Prior to him coming I began studying the curriculum and thought it was just perfect for Pre-K students. If you want to be successful the best place to start is at an early age. One thing I noticed was there was no music to go along with the curriculum. Children of all ages love to sing and get involved. I decided to write a little jingle to go along with the program (Muttigree Teaches Me). I use it at the beginning and end of each lesson. After the lesson is over and we sing our song and I ask the question “What did Diego (our mutt-i-gree puppet) teach you today?” This is a fun way to reinforce and review the lesson being taught. I also sing the song randomly throughout the week. The children just love singing to Diego. As we sing, Diego is passed around the circle from student to student. If a situation arises in my classroom, I will ask the students “how would Diego handle this?” It helps the children begin to problem solve in a positive way. As you can see the children and I love the program.

Click here to see our video and hear our song...

Letter to Yale, School of the 21st Century

Provided by: Kathy Jones, Principal
Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School
Tujunga, CA

Thank you so much for the follow up information! I cannot begin to tell you how much we have enjoyed the program. In fact, this week in my Kindergarten, I had an issue with one of my students and his aggressive response. With the puppet in hand, my student found his voice and was able to express the feelings of the animals and his remorse for his actions.

Talk about a teachable moment!

Your program has blended so beautifully with not only the faith values that are in place in a Catholic school, but also they have integrated with the Josephson Institute's Character Counts program that has been in place at our school for the last seven years.

Building character and empathy truly helps to create a climate that is ultimately the best environment for student achievement and personal development.

So once again thank you for your dedication. It is an honor to be associated with you and the program.

Click here to read past stories from users of the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum

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