Children for a better tomorrow
“No one can do everything, but everyone can do something!”
We’re all aware that the environment today is not how we would like it to be. It is already late for us to intervene to prevent irreversible damage. Whatever little hope we can have would come from ensuring that the future generations have an idea of the state of the environment, get them to be environmentally smart,and aiding them in understanding the role they can play to help in its betterment.
Little ones are the biggest determinants of our future liveson this planet. It would not be wrong to say they are a mirror to what the world would be like a few years down the line. To ensure this revelation is a satisfactory one, it becomes paramount that our children are made aware of the environment duringearly childhood education. This can be really helpful in guiding parents to achieve this herculean task.
Tips to raise environmentally smart and responsible children
Bringing up children who are considerate towards the environment takes continuous and consistent effort from parents. How can we as caregivers be catalysts in raising children who are environmentally friendly? Here are a few tips that can help:
Encourage spending time with nature – For children to develop a bond with nature, they must have an opportunity to spend time outdoors. To experience the abundance of nature and understand how they can make a positive impact on all that constitutes our environment.
Advocate using natural resources efficiently – Children will never understand wastage unless specifically made aware of. It is the role of parents and caregivers to ensure that children are taught the importance of conserving natural resources and minimizing wastage.
Help understand the3 Rs of waste management – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,this is a concept and value best ingrained early on in life. When children learn the importance of effective waste management, they are already on the path of being environmentally conscious.
Make nature connection a habit –Another effective way to ensure children have a chance to be close to nature is to involve them in activities that aid in nurturing the environment – thesecould includegardening, planting saplings, watering them, etc. Gardening not only gets them involved in a fun activity but also imprints a nurturing tendency towards nature.
Foster a love for animals – The environment belongs to the animals as much as it does to humans and so, raising an eco-conscious child would include ensuring theylearn to be kind and caring to animals as well. This care can be developed when they have introductions to animals through a petting zoo or a safari.
Make learning about nature fun – There are many fun ways for children to learn about the environment. Take them on nature walks, watch educational videos with them, and read books about environmental topics. You can also play games and do activities that teach children about the environment.
Be their role model –Children learn by watching the adults in their lives. If you want your child to be environmentally conscious, be sure to model these behaviors yourself. Show your child that you care about the environment by making sustainable choices in your everyday life.
Various schools including Dibber International Kindergarten ensure children have a holistic development in their learning journey especially from an early age. This can unlock their creativity, encourage children to look beyond the textbook curriculum, and identify the various learning opportunities while keeping the environment in mind.
The planet has numerous environmental challenges. Plastic and other pollutants are rightfully receiving global attention. At Dibber International Kindergartens, we want to contribute and respond to this global challenge with a focus on the following three areas:
Instilling environmental awareness and a solid belief that, by choice, every individual can make a difference.
Reducing the use of plastic (especially consumer plastics).
Reducing the emission of pollutants.
By making these small changes in our everyday life, we believe that one can teach children the importance of protecting the environment and show them that everyone can make a difference.