I read somewhere that this generation of students is the first who are taught and aware of environmental issues from grade school on. As a homeschooler, I wanted my kids to be active learners in this area as well.
Teaching your child(ren) about environmental issues is as simple or as complex as you choose to make it. Books, science programs (Discovery channel, animal planet, etc), and simple explanations can all make your points about what is good and bad for the earth. And, don’t think your kids aren’t interested…my twin boys who are 13, (and have special needs), became very excited about recycling….when I became excited about recycling.
Here are 20 ideas for your next “green unit”:
- Composting (worm composting is simple and kids love it)
- How paper is made
- Planting (seeds, herb garden, flowers, vegetables)
- Making and Using Organic Cleaners
- Reduce/Reuse/Recycle (the three R’s)
- Importance of decreasing consumerism
- Simple Herb garden
- A unit on farmers
- Animal habitats
- Life cycle units (flower, butterfly, etc)
- Natural resources unit
Homeschool green units are a great way to tie in field trips…Gardens, Farms, Florists, Nurseries, Lowes, Science Centers…endless options!
Last year, we started trying to implement just one green practice a week into our normal routine. Since starting this, we have made lots of little changes that have added up to big changes in how we perceive the environment, our world, and our place in it. I encourage all of you…try for just one small change a week.