I’ve mentioned a couple of time that I got a new job a few weeks ago, but what I haven’t mentioned is that with my new job I also happened to inherit a class pet!
He’s hands down the most adorable hamster I’ve ever seen in my life. Dude has been dropped on the ground, thrown into desk drawers, and rubbed all over my student’s faces but he just handles it like a pro. He’s awesome with my kids, and I am so lucky to have such a cool class pet – if I pick him up while he’s asleep, he’ll even go right back to sleep in my hands!
I brought him to our house over the long Easter weekend so he didn’t have to be alone at school, and it was quickly evident that the dogs were very interested in him.
Sparky, however, wasn’t so interested in them.
Over the several days that he was at the house, though, he came out of his shell a little and started investigating the dogs more.
Of course, the dogs weren’t the only ones who were fascinated with him – my nieces were in LOVE. They came over one night to stay with us, and we spent quite a bit of time hanging out with Sparky – he loved the attention!
He’s back at school now, but he’ll be at our house over the summer and the girls are already itching to see him again. The dogs are too.
You may have noticed the little “s” on the end of the title up there. You see, this past week Sparky wasn’t the only pet in my class. We also had Shelly.
Let’s just say it all together – AWWWWW.
This little guy was in my room because one of my students built an incubator a few weeks ago and has been excitedly tracking the progress of his eggs for the past almost-month. Only…they didn’t hatch (oops?). So, another teacher in my school was kind enough to help me out and get a chick for me to swap out with one of the eggs – we just couldn’t let him down! Thankfully, he never knew the difference and gleefully enjoyed this past week with the chick – as did all of my other students.
Sadly, Friday was our last day with the chick and now she’s off to live with a family who raises chickens. My class will miss her, and as much as I complained about the noise (and the smell!), I have to admit I’m a little sad she’s gone too.
I have a feeling this might have to become a yearly tradition!
Did you have any class pets growing up? I remember we had snakes in my second grade class, and I think we had a hedgehog when I was in first grade!