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Chasing Lizards

Lizards are small and safe and provide educational opportunities throughout childhood. Young toddlers watch them, pre-K kids love to catch them, and older school agers fine-tune their lessons in compassion and gentleness, as well as biological sciences. It's important to insist that children be gentle, caring, and respectful of their lizard friends. Cruelty to animals has been consistently shown as an initial indicator of later cruelty to people, so don't allow it. Bullying is a learned behavior, so be careful what you are teaching.
SCIENCE
Lizards provide a great child-friendly introduction to the biological world.
PATIENCE & DETERMINATION
You'll need to be calm and patient to catch a lizard. It often takes children several tries to learn how to catch a lizard, over several weeks if they are young. Learning perseverance is a great thing to do. Never give up!
COMPASSION
Lizards have delicate bodies, so you'll need to gentle. It's quite common for at least one or two lizards to sacrifice their lives while providing this lesson for children. When that happens, move on gently to the next lesson in compassion, with a respectful burial and a quiet moment to remember our loved ones, even if they were lizards.
READING
An interest in lizards can help bring a reluctant reader into the world of books. Books about animals are full of beautiful photographs to get started with, and then, bit by bit, reading the words becomes an easier and more interesting task than it might have been in the past.

Suggested books about Lizards.
(Please click the picture for more info or to purchase.)

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