Miniature Horse Leads Big LessonsMarch 27, 2019
In the fall, a pregnant eight-year-old miniature horse joined the Green Chimneys Farm & Wildlife Center. Maya was donated by local longtime friends who understood the wonderful lessons Maya would provide the children of Green Chimneys.
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From biology discussions and hands-on animal care to simply sharing time together, students quickly became quite taken with the mom-to-be. By February staff organized a week-long baby shower. Green Chimneys School students and staff visited Maya, participated in foal birth date and gender guessing games, and decorated coloring sheets depicting visions of the much-anticipated baby.
“Witnessing a foal’s first days and how tenderly the mare bonds with her baby can be a profound experience for us all,” explains Michael Kaufmann, Director of Green Chimneys Farm & Wildlife Director and Head of The Sam and Myra Ross Institute. “Watching a new life begin and seeing the foal’s connection to its mother – these experiences are not only priceless, but they can also be therapeutic.”
Witnessing, Helping, Connecting
For students who may struggle with human relationships, communicating or regulating emotions, Maya and her foal join the farm family in providing ample opportunities for
staff and children to draw parallels, open conversations, and ultimately, help to
care for other living beings.
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