A portrait of the sky, taken by six-year-old Emma
How do you teach your kids to love this world we live in? It seems to me that children are born with a deep appreciation for nature, and our role as parents is to nurture this instinct, rather than stifling it. In our family, we encourage loving the earth by spending a lot of time outside (geocaching on nearby trails is a particularly popular pastime). We recycle, compost, grow some of our own food, visit farms and farmer’s markets, and use cloth diapers. We even turn most of our cardboard boxes into temporary toys before recycling them!
Children do go through stages when they fear the natural world. We’ve worked a lot on overcoming bug phobias, with quite a bit of success. The poor moth in this improvised cage survived two days of tremendous affection before I finally let it go. I think it’s time to consider an ant farm…
Let’s Go Chipper was one of the MeMetales Readathon books this week, and my children ADORED it! Emma drew the above picture of a very fashionable bunny looking for Chipper (who looks quite spiky in the picture) using a magnifying glass. Chipper talking about different animals also inspired Emma to learn about beavers:
Since nine months pregnant me wasn’t very interested in taking the kids camping, Lily set up her own “tent” inside a cardboard box:
How do you encourage your children to love and appreciate Planet Earth? Check out this week’s second Readathon book, What Does It Mean To Be Green?, for more ideas!
Disclosure: I receive copies of the MeMeTales Readathon books as a thank you for supporting this summer reading program with weekly blog posts.