Meet Hilltop’s Animals
As an authentic Montessori school, many of our classrooms have animals that reside in appropriate cages or homes. Aside from being cute and interesting to watch, pets bring a lot to a classroom. Having pets to care for helps teach responsibility, compassion, empathy, and an understanding and respect for other living things. Pets teach children to value life other than their own, in addition to teaching them about the natural growth and life cycles of many different species which they can observe on a daily basis. Another benefit is the stress reduction that occurs as a result of observing and petting the animals, from which both the children and the animals can benefit. We invite you to come in and meet our representatives from the Animal Kingdom.
Swimmy is a rain forest frog that lives in water with Ms. Cindi. He’s been around a long, long time but shows no signs of slowing down. If you visit him, he’ll swim right up to say hi! His favorite pastime is just floating!
Ms. Michele’s frenchie can sometimes be found in the office lounging or pulling on the bows on Ms. Shiela’s shoes. Although Violet does not intrude into the classrooms, the students enjoy dropping by when Violet is on campus to say hello. Although Violet is young, she’s expressed interest in being a therapy dog so we look forward to having her offer her services as she grows and matures.
Libby Listens, the Golden Retriever & Other Guests: Libby Listens is just one example of one of the animal visitors that might frequent campus. The school regularly hosts visits from chickens, geckos, birds of prey and other opportunities to experience the animal kingdom up close as part of the curriculum.
Ninja hermit crabs: The upper elementary class has hermit crabs and a beautiful habitat in which to observe them. Their crabs are extremely eager to explore and usually can be found at the very top of their cage.