Children are inherently curious about everything, especially when they’ve just started to learn about a lot of things around them. When you know kids are at the height of their learning, they can be unstoppable with the kinds of questions they may want to ask you or the people around you. Of course, children that are ready to learn are perhaps the one you should rely on when it comes to lessons on being eco-friendly – after all, getting children to understand the need to care about the environment can help them become better members of society. This article will do just that for you.
It’s not as though this is just some scheme to get you into teaching children about environmental science either. It’s important to remember that more than 200-million people across the globe are affected by toxic pollution, and its worse effects are starting to appear in society as a whole. Aside from making a lot of environments around the world unfit for life, some babies are starting to be born with IQ drops of as 30 to 40 points, and life expectancy on other individuals are starting to be as low as 45 years because of diseases and cancers related to pollution. If you start teaching kids about the environment, we can at least start raising a generation that can do things to help save the environment. Here are some ways to teach kids to care about the environment:
- Make learning interactive: Instead of just telling your kids what they should do, you can perhaps take them sightseeing and share what you see. For instance, you can take them to the park and show them how beautiful the trees are and how happy the animals there are – and then drive them around town to areas where there’s pollution and ask them to compare the two scenes, and which ones they’d want to see for a longer time.
- Make the lessons useful: Sometimes, children can see these “lessons” as things that might annoy them or be an inconvenience for them. Try to make your eco-friendly lessons fun by making them participate in various activities. For instance, if you want them to learn the values of “reduce, reuse, recycle,” maybe you can ask them to take their old clothes and toys and give them to the less fortunate. The smiles on their faces can help your child realize how much they’re helping, and may even motivate them.
- Make them see the results of their labor: A lot of people don’t just believe what they hear, especially children. Sometimes, it takes them to see the things you’re explaining to them before they fully understand why those things are relevant. This is the same way as they’ll learn to brush their teeth once their teeth start to hurt because of eating all the candy you gave them. In the same token, try to make sure what you’re teaching them is actively contributing to what you believe is “saving” the environment. For example, you can show them how much the electric bill has lessened because they learned how to unplug appliances that aren’t in use. You can also help them see how plants have grown because they regularly water the plants.
- Make sure you’re an example: Make sure that when you do teach your children about saving the environment that you become an example as well. Take charge in your lessons and show them how to do things, or actively do things even when they’re not around. Developing a sense of “green thinking” will also help your kids realize that you’re not pulling them into a fad or a trend, and are in fact actively seeking ways to contribute to help save the environment.
Conclusion: It Starts At A Young Age
When it comes to teaching kids to care about the environment, perhaps it’s a matter of how much they’re willing to learn and what forms of applications they want to apply their learning to. Perhaps one of the most efficient forms of learning is to teach children not just what they’re supposed to learn, but why it’s important and how should they apply their lessons in real life. That way, they can see that their knowledge is having an active part towards their growth and can even help the environment.
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