CritterKin, National Teacher Appreciation Week, and Saying Thank You

Today, we want to shine the spotlight on the amazing work of author and illustrator, Jena Ball. Jena, a consummate animal lover and former teacher, wanted to develop a series that taught children the importance of kindness and compassion. The result: CritterKin Book Series. Her books to teach children that animals (critters) are family (kin).

Meet the CritterKin

The CritterKin books have been especially inspirational for young students and teachers have been reaching out to Jena, asking her to present to their classes. Momentum for this movement has grown. Jena now collaborates with teachers all over the county on project-based learning campaigns. Entire schools are now getting involved and working on projects to teach kids the importance of emotional intelligence while incorporating core-based learning skills.

Our never-ending gratitude goes out to people like Jena, and teachers all over the world who work hard to ensure a brighter future for today’s younger generation. These gifted creators make content that impacts the most important among us: the children. Anyone who had a family pet knows how important they are.

Teaching with purpose

Take some time this week, remember the key teachers in your life that went the extra mile, took elevated interest, and worked to see you succeed. Not only in your studies, but in your life. And say thank you.

Work like Jena’s on the CritterKin project helps to highlight the many ways kids can learn. Learning while doing is a vital piece of any complete curriculum. And with resources like CritterKin, there is more than just a lesson. There is something your kids can take home with them (a book).

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