All bunnies aren't created the same.
Today I was able to share one of my greatest passions - fiber. I have been a weaver since high school. I was blessed with an art program that allowed me to learn how to weave and gave me the freedom to take independent art and weave for entire afternoons. My art teacher helped foster a passion that has grown with time.
Until a few years ago, I never shared that passion at school. I compartmentalized what I enjoyed and was passionate about... until I realized how much weaving and fiber impacted my life. I am fortunate enough to be able to continue to share what was shared with me.
I started by writing a Donor's Choose grant that allowed me to purchase looms. In third grade, I incorporated the fibers and weaving techniques of around the world into our social studies curriculum. I built the option of weaving into our Daily Five and found that for many of my struggling learners that the ability to weave really became as important to them as it is to me. I really think that it helped spark my steps into the "maker movement" because it made me realize just how important it is to make and create both in the virtual and physical worlds.
Butterscotch, my fawn colored English Angora bunny, was a part of our classroom for two years. She was a life saver for both me and my students. There were many days when a student would sit in our comfy chair holding her tight while reading. There were days when the world became too much for any of us and her soft calmness helped everyone to remember what is important - love.
Sometimes I think in our quest for children to be proficient in reading and math, we forget..... we all need to find a passion that speaks to us. Our children are unique and each one is not created the same... lessons that little furry friends can help with (kindness, affection, love).