Chickens Speak Sanctuary

carey and a chickenFluffernutter wears a diaper so that she can teach kids about Sanctuary. This may not be a common sentence to read, but that’s because we have an uncommon and amazing program here at Glade Run!

Kids are naturally drawn to the animals so we are taking advantage of this inherent attraction as a way to explain the concepts of non-violence, September’s Sanctuary theme of the month.  Communication is only 7 percent verbal and 93 percent non-verbal. The nonverbal component is made up of body language (55 percent) and tone of voice (38 percent).  The chickens are excellent (non-stop) communicators, and therefore, an excellent conduit to discuss non-violent versus violent communication.  What do you think this chicken is trying to say?  Angry-chicken  How about this one?  Hen-on-eggs

Why do you think these chickens talk so much? Who are they talking to and why? These are great Socratic reasoning questions which kids actually take a moment to think about – and I bet you did too. Chickens, just like us, live in a social collective.  Trauma can be a collective concept as well, so as one chicken becomes angry, and utilizes violent communication, it often affects the whole group.  It may take some time for things to settle down again and for everyone to feel safe, but the more quickly non-violent nonverbals are utilized, the happier the flock becomes.  Sound familiar?


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