How to Teach Young Children About Green Living
Teaching young children about green living can be difficult especially in a modern school environment or the homeschool environment. Unfortunately, although green living is very popular there are not many resources for parents and teachers to use in order to teach children about green living. Here are some steps that you can use as a teacher or as a homeschool instructor to help teach younger children about the green living concept. Remember that young children tend to remember concepts based on not only an audible concept but a visual concept as well. The best way to teach young children is to incorporate hearing, touch, smell and taste and combine those together in a theme for the project.
Choose a Book
The first about teaching children about green living is to choose a book regarding the topic. If the children are very young you may want to choose a book that is similar to a Doctor Seuss style so that the children will remember it easily. Once you have chosen the book it is time to move on to the next step in the cohesive learning process.
Choose a Taste Item
It is assumed that you will be reading the book to the children in order to teach them about green living. This means that the audible portion of the teaching concept has already been met. It's time to move to the taste portion. One of the best ways to offer this is to create a snack that directly connects to the book itself. For example, if the book on green living is about solar power you may want to create a cupcake or sugar cookie snack that looks like the sun. This will help the children have a visual reminder as well as a taste reminder. They will also remember the smell of the baking cookies or cupcakes or whatever snack you choose to use.
Hands On or Touch Learning
Hands-on or touch learning is the last step in the process of teaching young children about green living. Find a project that the children can create themselves. This can be something as simple as a drawing or as complex as a solar living kit. Solar kits can be purchased for children as young as four years old. There are of course other green living kits that can be purchased for ages four and up depending on the type of green living book you chose and the type of content you are trying to deliver to the young children about green living. Once the project has been completed you will have given the children an audible version of the green living concept, a taste and smell version of the concept and a hands on or touch version of the concept. In other words, all of their senses will have been used.