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Joys & Challenges of Having a Pet

 Today’s book suggestion is Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion pictures by Margaret Bloy Graham.

Harry the Dirty Dog is a wonderful adventure book for reading to your child or class, and it is a great book for children to practice learning how to read. This 1956 classic touches on the joys and challenges of having a pet, which can be a great lesson in learning empathy as well.

Making Pet Rocks

Pet Rocks



For this activity, we suggest you stick with acrylic paints. They are inexpensive and bright and adhere well to most kinds of rocks. Make sure you have a protected work surface, paint smocks, brushes, and water for rinsing the brushes.

This process art sneaks in a lot of important learning! When the students paint these rocks, they are:
• Practicing and gaining fine muscle control and strengthening eye-hand motor coordination.
• The opportunity to make choices and solve problems.
• Problem Solving! When the student makes choices, they learn that some of the choices don’t turn out as expected.
• Experiencing different points of view. The children will find that their friends paint their rocks differently.
• Imagination and Creativity! The rocks clearly are not the typical kind of pet a student might have at home. This opens up a lot of “let’s pretend” for the preschool student.

“All Fun & Books” is a weekly post from Sara, Dunebrook’s Public Education Coordinator. She is the mother of three-year-old twin girls.

At Dunebrook we invite parents to be the best parents possible.  In the spirit of trust, kindness and experience, we can be there with them and support them, and their children and entire family. 

We’re just a phone call away! 1-800-897-0007

Public Education and Our Community:

The key to keeping children safe is prevention education. According to the Child Molestation Research & Prevention Institute, 95% of child maltreatment is preventable through education.

Sounds good…what do I do next:

  • Call or email Sara Hoyt at 874-0007, sara@dunebrook.orgto receive specific information about our sexual abuse prevention trainings and parenting support groups.

Our prevention trainings and support groups are free and serve a variety of different settings.  We’ve been funded for over 30 years by the generosity of community grants, fundraising support and some federal program funding.