We stopped in to say hello to my Grandma and eat dinner in their dining room the other day. It felt like we were famous with everyone stopping and saying hello and asking where the animals were. One lady stood out, she stopped at our table to tell us how wonderful she thought our presentations were. We were flattered and said how much we enjoyed them as well, and she replied that she thought they were the best out of all the presentations at The Springs. We thanked her profusely and as she walked away, my Grandma told me that she was going on 101 years old. !!! I don't think I've ever been so humbled and thrilled at the same time. She is over 100 years old and she took the time to stop in at our table to give us a compliment.
Two weeks ago we gave a presentation to 1st graders in Bigfork, MT. The young ones are always so enthusiastic about seeing the animals! We have fun with them in a different way than with the seniors. The young ones are just filled with pure thrill and excitement and we give them a few basic understandings about animals that we hope they retain and are able to apply later in their lives. Look at the photos this reporter captured during our presentation. He published them in their local newspaper. Here's the link, check out all 4 photos. My favorite is the little red head, SO excited about feeding Curly, the White-Cheeked Turaco!
Today we just got home from Meadow Hill Middle School in Missoula, MT. We presented to the special education class and it was such a fun environment! I wish I could go back in time and have a celebration with animals. Having animals in your classroom just sounds so cool! It seems like we're just having a bunch of fun, but in reality the students are learning respect for all animals, facts about 8 different wild animals, and a lesson on adaptations and what helps animals survive in the wild. We even talk about environments and habitats! And they don't even realize they're learning! I love it!