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Why Parents Should Care

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We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children… Native American proverb                        

Why parents should care about the environmental education of their children

As parents, we care about the environment, in large part, out of concern for our children. And when we begin to realize the environment, as our children will know it, depends on the lifestyle policies we adopt in order to protect their health and well-being, there will then be an instinctive understanding that the environment, as our children’s children will know, it depends on the lifestyle policies they adopt. Continue Reading →




Children’s Connection with Nature

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The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards… Anatole France  

Although children are eager learners, they are inquisitive learners and want to know why.

But why Mommy? How’s come Daddy? How many parents have heard this, and often? Teaching children effectively entails more responsibility than merely telling a story or making statements or issuing commands. Although children are eager learners, they are inquisitive learners and want to know why. With young children, lessons are easier for them to learn if there is a personal reference for them to relate to. So with regard to the environment, it is important for children to experience nature. There are many ways to help children connect with nature, regardless of the opportunities for direct access. Continue Reading →




Understanding How Children Develop

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Childhood has its own way of seeing, thinking and feeling and nothing is more foolish than to try to substitute ours for theirs… Jean Jacques Rousseau

The White Hutchinson Leisure and Learning Group published an article titled Nurturing Children’s Biophilia: Developmentally Appropriate Environmental Education for Young Children that discusses the 3 basic stages of children’s environmental education and development:  

Empathy

Early Childhood (ages 3-7) 

  

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How Parents Can Help

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There seems to be an ongoing debate with regard to the best way to teach children about the environment. Does environmental education require the child to have access to outdoor opportunities? Or must this education be taught in the classroom? Is the environmental education provided in the classroom or on TV biased? Does it really matter and if so, to what extent? Well, considering the fact that until our children leave home and set out on their own, it remains our responsibility as their parents to sit as sentinels to safeguard and provide what we believe are appropriate core values.

It would be difficult for parents to teach their children without being a role model for them to follow. Young children are impressionable. Teach your children in a simple way how to interact with the natural environment around them. At an early age it is important for them to become aware of what exists in their world, not what they may see on TV, a thousand miles from their environment. Continue Reading →




A Final Word for the Children

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The promising news for parents who accept that their responsibility to environmental stewardship should include green education for their children is the fact that children are just that – children. Children are born with the innate ability to be inquisitive and caring. Take a child to the zoo or stroll along a path in the park or nature center and this becomes immediately obvious – their caring for the birds and flowers and most things in nature. Trees seem to be a natural habitat for children as well as animals. Providing the opportunity for children to nurture their connection with nature almost certainly guarantees success for the first step in their environmental education – awareness. Continue Reading →




Green Websites and Blogs for the Children

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For the volumes of green websites that focus on the environment and green industry, few offer such exemplary experiences as those created for the green education of our children. Those listed in this section represent a few of the best planned and most effective. By design, many offer excellent resources for the parents, with the intended effort to induce a shared experience.

 

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): NRDC is an environmental action group, and this webpage aggregates a large and comprehensive listing of resources for kids of all ages; categorized links to sites that cover the environment, animals, plants, habitats, oceans, air pollution, global warming, recycling, parks, forests and global activism

Care2: although Care2 is a great site for all ages, this section also presents a very nice collection of websites dedicated to kids

Environmental Kids Club: who better to present the environmental story to kids than the EPA 

National Geographic Kids: exactly what we expect from National Geographic

KidsRgreen: Center for Environment Education, this webpage offers effective techniques for teaching the very young group the most basic green fundamentals

Recycle City: a great EPA site for kids to learn the basics of recycling by creating their own Recycle City

Charity Guide: a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire and facilitate flexible volunteerism with a Volunteering on Demand approach; how you can make a difference in 15 minutes, in a few hours or while on vacation, for a variety of concerns including children’s issues, animal welfare, health and safety, community development, poverty and environmental protection; however, the relevancy here is the information offered in the sections addressing the environmental education of children and consumers; many common sense tips on how consumers can be environmentally responsible and save money; this page is specific to the environmental education of children  

Family Education: has Your Child sections for age groups 0-6 yrs, 7-11 yrs, 12-18 yrs

GreenMyParents: GreenMyParents is a revolutionary, nationwide program to help young people teach their peers and parents how to work together to help the economy, earn money at home, and save the planet through simple, everyday actions

Kids F.A.C.E. (Kids For A Green Environment):  provides information on environmental issues to children, to encourge and facilitate youth’s involvement with effective environmental action and to recognize those efforts which result in the improvement of nature

Kids for Saving Earth: the mission of Kids for Saving Earth is to educate, inspire, and empower children to protect the Earth’s environment; Kids for Saving Earth provides educational materials, posters, and a highly acclaimed web site featuring environmental education curriculum and activities

Ollie’s World: child-friendly, comprehensive, fun and stimulating website presenting information on all sorts of issues relating to sustainability principles; an interactive sustainability resource site for youngsters covering topics such as recycling, water conservation, biodiversity, green projects and includes a family of characters for the children to relate to on their level

Kids Geo – Geography for Kids: comprehensive educational Kids Know It Network that must be visited; topics covering the earth, astronomy, biology, geology, history, spelling, math and so much more. Includes Miamiopia, a free educational virtual world

DITC Environmental Education Foundation, Inc: resource for education to all, particularly eight to twelve year old children learning about animals, trees, air, water and oceans, recycling and pollution

Biodiversity – Everything Counts: from the American Museum of Natural History, find out how biodiversity affects your everyday life – even if you live in a city  

EEK!:  an online magazine for grades four to eight created by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, is packed with short articles and activities about animals, plants and environmental issues

eartheasy: eartheasy is a good website for general green living information but also has a nice collection of children’s green websites     

Meet the Greens: this site has created an array of high-traffic, compelling, award-winning content for getting kids to think about the world and their place in it; highly interactive, using animation and other visual techniques to keep its readers attention, Meet the Greens is a website for all ages

Energy Kids: U.S. Energy Information Administration site that explains what energy is, what sources provide energy, how we use and can save energy, also has games for the kids

EekoWorld: PBS website teaches kids ages 6 to 9 how they can help take care of the earth; animated characters use games and activities to present facts about ecosystems and pollution; children can build their own “EekoCreature” and help it overcome

Children of the Earth United: geared towards youth and their families and teachers

Rainforest Heroes: The Rainforest Action Network is a site for teachers and families to help explain to the very young the importance of forest stewardship with regards to their ecosystems

Healthy Kids Go Green: good site for parents as well as children, with an interactive blog for interesting topics; also aggregates a collection of green websites for kids

Scholastic Act Green: interesting website for teachers, families and kids

Green (Environmental) Websites for Kids: neat collection sites, including links to the U.S. government and EPA

EPA Student Center: well-conceived EPA site for mid to upper level school age children that begins with environmental basics and includes topics such as ecosystems, air, water, conservation, waste and recycling, human health and climate change. Includes sections for games, videos and quizzes

EPA WaterSense Kids: Great site teaching kids about water, why save water, simple ways to save water, includes game  

Cyberspace Safety

Every parent is concerned about the perils their children may be subjected to whenever they interact in cyberspace, whether it involves social networking, chat rooms, blogging or just surfing the web. We encourage parents to supervise their children so that they do not disclose any personal information about themselves in any of our public discussion areas.

Microsoft Online Safety

ConnectSafely

GuardingKids

Cyberbullying

Net Nanny

Facebook’s New Anti-Bullying Tools

Whitehouse Conference for Bullying Prevention

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