The environment is under attack. It’s human consumption and the use and throw attitude that is the most brutal contributor. How can a single homeschool parent make a difference? By raising their homeschool students with an awareness of what are environmentally friendly practices. The idea of saving the planet is a heady one for children, specially when they can be given actual tangible steps to reduce their carbon footprint. Here are some ideas that may help your homeschool students become green soldiers for Earth.
Have them learn how resources like food and water are limited. How electricity is actually generated and used. Explain to them what all human activities cause a carbon footprint. A good documentary or series of programs on National Geographic or Discovery may be seen as part of the class schedule. Then come up with ways that they can contribute to reducing waste of resources around the house.
- Switch off lights in a room that is not in use.
- Don’t take long showers.
- Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth.
- Only take as much as you can finish eating on your plate.
Making The Most of Your Things
Reusing old toys, clothes linen, notebooks, and more can make a huge difference not just to the environment but also for your monthly family budget. The most obvious way to recycle things is to pass them on from an older sibling to a younger one. If not possible, think of other ways to reuse these items.
- Notebooks from a previous academic year with left over pages can be used for rough work.
- Old bed sheets can be cut into small cloths that can be used for clean up during art and craft work.
- Empty glass jam jars can become the canvas for new pencil stands.
- Plastic bottles can be re-purposed by cutting and painting to become plant pots.
There are so many different ways to do more to save the environment. Just ensure that it’s not a one time fad, but a constant lifestyle choice. What your homeschool students learn by example is what they will continue to do all their lives.