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The Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum Q & A

The Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum: Q & A

What is a Mutt-i-gree®?

What is the Mutt-i-grees
® Curriculum?
Why are Social & Emotional Skills Important?
How is the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum Unique?
How was the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum Developed?
What is Included in the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum Kit?
How are Mutt-i-grees
® Integrated into the Lessons?
What's Next for the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum?
How Can I Learn More About the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum?
Pilot Sites :: Testimonials :: Training
Research :: Implementation


What is a Mutt-igree®?
A Mutt-i-gree® is a dog awaiting adoption at a shelter. Click here to see an example.

 
What is the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum?
A curriculum targeting children in pre-kindergarten through third-grade that teaches empathy and related social and emotional skills.  The curriculum aims to enhance children’s self- and social-awareness, relationship skills, and ability to make ethical decisions that benefit people, animals, and the environment. Read More.
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Why are Social & Emotional Skills Important?
Students must be competent in traditional core academic subjects, but to succeed in today’s global environment, they also need to learn social and emotional skills that enhance the ability to communicate and collaborate and promote the appreciation of diversity.  Moreover, when children master these skills they become better learners. A substantial body of research has shown that social and emotional skills that lead to empathy not only build character, but also enhance academic achievement. Socially and emotionally competent students are more likely to use critical thinking skills, make responsible and ethical decisions, and engage in healthy and pro-social behaviors.
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How is the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum Unique?
The curriculum seeks to engage children by capitalizing on the affinity between children and animals; promoting awareness of Mutt-i-grees®; and fostering calm, confident, and caring children.  The curriculum bridges the domains of humane education, emotional intelligence, and social-emotional learning.  The focus on dogs provides a context within with to teach children compassion, empathy, and social responsibility.
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How was the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum Developed?
The Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum is an initiative of the Pet Savers Foundation developed in collaboration with Yale University School of the 21st Century (21C).  21C is a school-based child care and family support program operating in more than 1,300 schools around the country. 21C teachers and administrators, as well as a research and development team from Yale 21C, developed and reviewed lesson plans for the curriculum.  The curriculum was developed with gracious support from The Millan Foundation.
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What is Included in the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum Kit?
The Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum Kit includes the Curriculum binder, the Mutt-i-gree® Puppet and posters. Included in the Curriculum binder are two units: Pre-K/Kindergarten and Grades 1, 2, and 3.  Each unit includes 25 total lessons organized around five themes: Achieving Awareness, Finding Feelings, Encouraging Empathy, Cultivating Cooperation, and Dealing with Decisions.  Additional lessons are available via the Mutt-i-grees® website.  Lesson plans use a traditional format and materials generally available in all classrooms.   Lessons highlight vocabulary words, learning concepts from other subjects, and suggested readings to develop children’s emerging literacy and language development.  Activities and resources for family/community involvement and service learning are also included.
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How are Mutt-i-grees® Integrated into the Lessons?
“Muttigree® Puppet” – a plush puppet used as an instructional aide is integrated throughout the curriculum, and lessons emphasize dual focus on skill relevance for children and animals.  Lessons also include role play using Mutt-i-grees® Puppet, activities, arts and crafts projects, and/or games involving Mutt-i-grees®, as well as featured books and videos highlighting Mutt-i-grees®.  The Mutt-i-grees® website and e-newsletter provide a forum for teacher, parent, and child interaction and discussion.
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What's Next for the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum?
We are currently disseminating and providing training on the Pre-K/Kindergarten and Grade 1, 2, and 3 units. At the same time, Phase II, Grades 4, 5 and 6 and Middle School, is under development, with parts being pilot-tested. We continue to train master teachers and establish a state leadership networks, in selected states. 

 

To learn more about the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum, please visit:

http://education.muttigrees.org/contact

Phone: (203) 432-9944

 
 
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