The ABCs of Longmeadow
Kids…strap on your boots and take a trip to Longmeadow Rescue Ranch! A visit to the ranch is as basic as ABC, but the impact can last a lifetime.
A – Animals are the Agenda
Field trip curriculum meets STEM requirements, using animals instead of textbooks. For example, a demonstration of the Henneke body scoring system used to assess a horse’s physical condition becomes a lesson in biology. Learning about laws that protect animals becomes a social science class. Following the animal welfare movement dating back to the 19th century becomes a history lesson.
B – Build a Bond with the Animals
Some children from the St. Louis area might never have had contact with horses and farm animals. “Coming face-to-face with these splendid creatures is a unique and memorable experience,” says JoEllyn Klepacki, director of education for the Humane Society of Missouri. “The first time a child of any age, especially one who thinks of himself as ‘big,’ looks up at a 2000-pound horse, the world changes.”
C – Children Become Advocates for Animals
Children leave the ranch with a sense of appreciation for the work the Humane Society of Missouri does in providing a safe haven for hundreds of rescued ranch animals. They are touched – hopefully changed – to appreciate the value of all animals that share our world.
Attention teachers: Week-long downloadable curricula for students in grades K-6 that meet national, state and local student performance standards can be found on the Humane Society of Missouri website, at hsmo.org/teacher-resources. Please add them to your class and experience the difference humane education makes in your classroom and the lives of your students.
Individuals and groups interested in visiting Longmeadow Rescue Ranch may call Linda Chapman at 314.646.5670, or send us an email.