Students bring pets along to the class for a lesson!

More than 50 children brought their favourite animals including dogs, parakeets, rabbits, love birds and even turtles to the pet show organised by the school to help their classmates know more about the fun involved in rearing animals.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Kautilya Vidyalaya principal L Savitha said, “The children have a chapter titled ‘Me and my pet’ in the fourth standard. We don’t teach that subject. Instead, we asked our students to bring their pets, so that the kids could  know more about animals practically.” She said, “The concept was started in order to develop empathy for animals.”

Mentioning that students with pets at home are less likely to get frustrated due to failures, Savitha said animals act as stress busters. It helps reduce the burden on the children.
While children at this age are engaged in a competitive race, it is better for them to develop awareness about the importance of animals, she added.

Unique pet

Rakshitha Paul, a ninth standard student, had a unique pet to showcase at the event. Her pet was an earthworm. Rakshitha said she found her pet when she was gardening in the backyard of her home. She exclaimed that her pet was 22 cm long. Within one week it had grown by four centimeters, she added. Named as ‘Misty’, the earthworm was the cynosure as students crowded around to catch a glimpse.  Rakshitha said she chose the worm as pet because it was unique. Another attraction at the show were two turtles imported from Singapore by T Aditya Bhagawath, an LKG student. He also caught the attention of the organizers by bringing along the French Bull Dog as well.

The show combined as a learning experience for both teacher and students as even the former were seen admiring the pets at the show.

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