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.
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.