Your children go to school for at least 12 consecutive years. However, there are certain things that a school curriculum won’t teach your children. Right now, let us take a close and detailed look at five ways to teach your children about the environment.

Going Green

To start things off, teach your children about the recent movement of going green. After all, eco-friendly actions are designed to sustain this planet for future generations. Your children will be here for nearly another century, and they will benefit the most from these eco-friendly decisions. Show your children how they can contribute to going green on a daily basis. If they enjoy drinking juice after soccer practice, tell them to recycle these cans in a bag. When they take a shower, don’t use more water than they need to. Not only will save your household money, but it is also simply good for the environment.

Simulate a City

Next, simulate a city in the living room or garage of your home. You can include boxes for buildings, miniature people, and vehicles on the ground. For example, you might use a toy front end loader to fill the streets of your city. On the outside of the city, craft a forest and other elements of nature. You’ll be able to show your children how urban areas interact with nature. It’s also a good opportunity to teach them the definition of gulches, cliffs, and other natural formations. Because the planet is so big, it can be a lot to take in all at once. Miniature cities are amazing for scaling things down and showing your children around one step at a time.

Go Hiking

The best way to learn about something is to experience it firsthand. If you’re trying to teach about the environment, head to the heart of the environment via a hike. Find a gentle trail near your home. On a weekend afternoon, take your children to this hike and go in and out for a few miles. They’ll be able to see trees and plants that they’ve never seen before. It doesn’t even matter what sort of climate you live in. If you live by a beach, they’ll be able to see the water and fine grains of sand. If you live near a mountaintop, they’ll be impressed by snow and icefall at the very top.

Plant a garden

Much like hiking, gardening is a firsthand experience. In this case, you and your children are adding to the environment for future generations. If you have a large backyard, you can plant and harvest delicious vegetables such as lettuce and tomatoes. If you live in a sunny climate, you might opt for beautiful flowers instead. Either way, a garden is a great way to teach your children about how to classify different species of plants. They’ll also be able to see the roots and seeds up close.

Watch TV shows

Last but not least, educational TV shows can grab your children’s attention for hours. Children love to watch explorers who duck and weave through mother nature. Animated TV series are also great in this regard. While you can teach them as much as you can from an encyclopedia, it’s of no use if they get bored and uninterested. We all know how much kids love watching TV, so put on an educational show to kill two birds with one stone. You can even find terrific episodes on Youtube and other online sites.

In conclusion, these are a couple of great ways to teach your children about the environment. The environment is all around us, and it’s important for them to know the basics. They might not learn this in school, so go ahead and tell them a thing or two.

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Amy Sloane

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