Reading, Writing and Recycling
If we are really to change the world, it’s up to those of us who are parents right now. Just like good manners, Global Awareness begins at home. I was no more than five years old when my Grandfather told me all about litter bugs. I took this very seriously. It was enough to make me very aware of the landscape and the natural beauty that surrounds us. Later it was the six pack can rings getting wrapped around critter’s necks that furthered my understanding of how everything we do, or don’t do, affects everything else. Reuse, reduce, recycle should go right along with reading, writing and arithmetic. The best way to make your children life long recyclers with a keen Global awareness is to make it fun and routine for them when they are young. There are literally thousands of things you can do with your “garbage” aside from throwing it away and many ways to teach our children to respect the earth besides the standard, “Turn off your light, you’re wasting electricity!”
- Ask yourself, can someone else use this? Mostly likely the answer will be yes. Teach your children the beauty of giving their stuff away. My children love giving their ignored toys and outgrown clothes to those that are less fortunate.
- Get crafty! For the toddlers you can make coffee can stilts and castles from paper towel tubes. For the school age children there are many pencil holders to be made from tin cans, piggy banks from plastic bottles, purses from old pant pockets and cities from card board boxes. Keep a Junk Box in your closet filled with the colored paper that was last weeks school newsletter, bottle caps, cardboard scraps, Popsicle sticks, old magazines and catalogs, broken toy pieces, fabric scraps, stickers, buttons, beads, cool little jars of unusual shape or color and anything else that can be used in crafty projects.
- Combine the lesson of recycling with the lesson of compassion. Let your children decide on a charity they would like to support and then give all your bottle and can refunds to that organization.
- Composting is another wonderful thing to do as a family. It teaches valuable lessons about the nature of food, cuts down on waste and instills a lifelong love of gardening.
- Teach your children the importance of supporting local food suppliers (the less our food travels to get to our tables the less pollution we create) and local merchants. Make a family outing to the farmer’s market each weekend.
- Educate yourself. The more that you know about saving and preserving our natural resources the more you can teach your children.
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