If you’re an environmentally responsible individual, you probably want others to become more aware of how their actions affect the environment and learn how they can make changes that create positive results. Children should also be taught to be environmentally responsible because they are the ones who will need to continue doing so in the future. If children start learning about the environment at an early age, they’ll be better able to incorporate being environmentally responsible into their lives. Knowing how you can teach your children about protecting the environment can help you to teach them how to become good stewards of the environment on a daily basis.
Many public schools now require that students learn about the environment, recycling, and other issues affecting our communities and natural resources. Educators are involving students in educational programs and hands-on activities that help children to understand what the environment is, why we need to protect it, and what they can do to help at such a young age. As a part of environmental education, many students also get to participate in environmental projects that help reinforce the concepts taught by teachers and other school professionals.
Setting a Good Example
Children often mimic what you say and do, so be environmentally responsible so that your children can watch and learn from you. Show your child what is right by not littering, recycling as many items as you can, properly disposing of potentially harmful substances, and using recycled products in your home. Even if you can’t explain what you are doing due to their ages, your children will pick up on your actions and mimic them. It’s important to set a good example so they’ll mimic positive actions.
Getting Involved Together
You can help your child learn about the environment by participating in environmental conservation, recycling, and other related activities with him or her. This is a great way to spend time together while you show your child something of value that they can use in their daily lives for many years to come. You may take your child on a nature walk, have them sort your recyclable items, or work with your child on a poster or essay about the importance of the environment. It is important that you explain what you’re doing so that your child knows you’re not just having a good time.
Your child can learn a lot just by observing other family members, teachers, and friends. If you create a situation or environment where you can put some of what has been taught into practice, then you can create a positive learning experience for your child. Let your son or daughter invite friends over for a recycling party. Volunteer to lead your child and a group of friends on an environmental educational trip. Combining classroom education with observation and reinforced practice of what has been taught will help your child to understand his or her role in the environment and take steps to make a difference.