Homeschooling with bunnies

Yesterday we got bunnies.

I’ll let that sink in.

BUNNIES!

!!!!! BUNNIES !!!!!

For those of you who know me, this may come as a shock.  Getting a pet was not on my to-do list.  In fact, I think it was on my ‘How can I avoid this without ruining my children’s childhood?’ list.  But when Hubby showed me an offer of two child-friendly bunnies, along with all their kit, going free to a loving and spacious home something just felt right about it.  The owner, a very sweet lady, loved them dearly but was no longer able to give them the kind of home she felt they needed (running free about the house and garden).  I was struck by her sense of responsibility to do what was right for the animals despite her own desire to keep them.  So yesterday afternoon they arrived to check us out and it soon became clear that we were perfectly suited.  So we told the kids.

Prince was inspired to write this, dedicated to the new loves in his life <3

Prince was inspired to write this, dedicated to the new loves in his life ❤

Princess snatching some reading time before swimming this morning.

Princess snatching some reading time before swimming this morning.

Now we are adjusting to being bunny owners. And not just any bunny owners – Homeschooling Bunny Owners! Pets obviously provide many opportunities for learning, and I’m looking forward to taking full advantage of every one that comes our way.  So far Princess has been doing reading practice with ‘My Pet Rabbit’ and Prince (having already read and practically memorised all three books we’ve borrowed on bunnies) walks around spouting rabbit facts at us, such as “When they flick their paw you mustn’t touch them – they are about to groom,” and “Two sisters tend to get along best.”  Prince even said he’d like to take responsibility for cleaning out the hutch!  [Delighted Mommy giggle here.]

Have you got pets?  I’d love to hear how you incorporate pet care into your child’s education.

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