Lessons & Classes
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 teacher-resources. Please add them to your class and experience the difference humane education makes in your classroom and the lives of your students.
Let’s Create a Class – A Unique Approach to Humane Education
The Humane Society of Missouri has created a new program JUST FOR YOU! Our programs are taught by specially-trained volunteer humane educators who are well informed about animal-related topics and are familiar with age-level learning characteristics.