World Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 at Wisconsin, USA with an aim to bring the nations of the world together in combating climate change and protecting the environment. While countries have discussed and formulated several measures in this regard, we often find children eager to know how they can help.
A Native American saying goes like this…”Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children.”While the adults must certainly remember this quote and take care of the environment around them to the best possible manner, the children also have a vital role to play in this regard.
Parents and relatives, pre-schools, schools and day cares must celebrate with the kids in forming a harmonic bond with Mother Nature by singing songs, participating in art and crafts and sharing knowledge about how our daily-life practices affect the environment around us.
At Sesame Street Preschool, we take great efforts in imbibing a global culture in the children who study at our centres. This includes being conscious about the earth and environment-friendly in words and action. It is important to inform children that the planet’s resources are not infinite. If not preserved, it will lead to the extinction of the resources and lead to a polluted, grim and unhealthy future for them.
The best method of teaching the younger generation is through our own actions. At Sesame Street Preschool centres, we celebrated Earth Day by planting saplings and watering them, cleaning the litter in the classrooms, screening environmental videos, and learning the dos and don’ts regarding environment.
Kids will learn the best via examples and they won’t understand the fragility of the environment unless we integrate this learning in our daily lives.
- Not littering
- Turning the tap off when not in use
- Reusing and recycling
- Turning off lights when leaving the room
Small steps such as these, go a long way in inculcating environment-friendly values in kids.