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Teaching Your Child About the Environment

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Teaching your child about the environment and caring for the earth helps shape their perspectives, values and how to interact with the environment. It also nurtures a sense of wonder, imagination and creativity. It exposes them to beauty and helps them remain active. A few simple ways you can start teaching your child about the environment while having fun:

• Gazing – Grab a blanket, lie on your back and look up. Ask your child what he/she sees in the clouds. Ask him/her why they think the sky is blue. If you want a night adventure, ask what stars your child likes. Look on the internet what planets will be out that night and see if you can find them. You may even see a shooting star while you are gazing!
• Wildlife Habitat – Create a wildlife habitat in your backyard for your children, grandchildren or neighbor’s children. Invite them over to observe changes in the wildlife refuge especially with the different seasons.
• Explore – Check out the bugs, butterflies and birds in your own backyard or neighborhood. Grab a magnifying glass and notebook and let your child record her/his findings in their very own bug adventure book!

What are some ways you educate your child about the environment?

2 Responses to “Teaching Your Child About the Environment”

  1. Big Mama April 22, 2010 at 2:21 am #

    I love that there is a big emphasis on nature with my children. I am thankful that I have been influenced to shut the tv off and not allow video games in the house. Some parents think I am totally crazy for doing this, and I feel like they are the ones missing out.
    I just planted the garden with them, planted flowers, and last week went hiking. There is no way I would have the memories I have with them if it weren’t for enjoying the outdoors!
    Thanks for the post!

  2. admin April 22, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    Thank you Big Mama! What an inspiration you are. We are sure your children have wonderful imaginations because they are able to be creative & be outdoors.
    Thank you for sharing with us,
    Michelle

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