What world are we leaving our children? And above all, how can we teach them love and respect for Nature?
Educating children to respect the environment
We are living in an era that is taking seriously the environmental issue just now. Polluted seas, rivers covered with foams, unbreathable air and full of particles harmful to health. It is not only us human beings who do the math in this open-air dustbin, but also all the animal species that populate the seas and the mainland. How can we teach our children respect for the environment It’s the nature? We can do a lot and the school is a real ally in this task.
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Environmental education at school
If the adults, the greats of politics, discuss it around a table, the little ones add the facts to the words and do it in their “natural” environment, that is the school.
Referring to CM n.86 of 27 October 2010 of the Miur, in teaching “Citizenship and Constitution” the importance of environmental sensitivity anddevelopment education sustainable. However, one cannot think that a world-wide topic can only be exhausted in the school months.
If the Miur calls the school, it responds and does it in the way most congenial to it, through projects and participation in workshops on eco-sustainability. In a discourse based on multidisciplinarity, teachers set out to educate and teach children, starting from kindergarten, respect for the environment in which they live, starting from their classroom to continue this commitment at home. and then touch the neighborhood and the municipality of belonging.
Summer camps in nature
And when does the school close? How can children make their contribution to nature? No problem, given the high interest rate for the topic addressed, fortunately, summer centers are organized throughout Italy with the aim not only of entertaining children and young people, but above all educating to respect for the environment. Here are some really interesting activities that take place every year in Italy. Of course due to the pandemic, several of these activities are likely to be suspended, but this list is worth keeping in mind for the future.
- Summer camps at the CEA (Environmental Education Center) “The old beech” of Sasso di Castalda in prov. Of Cosenza. In fact, the site legambientepotenza.it reads “The residential summer camps are organized by the environmental association through their volunteers, with years of experience in environmental education, offering numerous activities from excursions in the woods to visits to the deer wildlife oasis. activities are scheduled during all the days of the summer camps and all aspects of environmental education are in-depth: from waste to energy, passing through respect for natural resources (water, soil and much more) “.
- We don’t have a planet B. In Reggello from 29 June to 4 July for children aged 6 to 10 and teenagers between 11 and 14 “In a beautiful historic villa attentive to eco-sustainability, in the splendid Tuscan setting, games and activities will be offered workshops, sensory paths and nature walks reflecting on climate change and the environmental impact of food production.
- The Casone Valle dell’Aniene-Anticoli Corrado (RM) from 23 June to 20 July environmental, artistic and theatrical games and workshops are organized, as well as excursions in the Valley and among the small villages, to continue with an exciting rafting on the Aniene river, all arranged by legambientemondipossibili.
- WWF organizes summer camps in nature and activities to protect the environment and animals. The 2021 calendar is already available on the website.
Activities for children about respecting the environment
However, themed activities to safeguard our planet are fine, but let’s not forget what can be done in the four walls of the house. In fact, parents are entitled to all kinds of primary education, so to speak, and educating children, from an early age, to respect nature is one of these values. Avoiding waste, whatever it is, energy or food, is certainly one way to help the Earth. Municipalities invest a lot in separate waste collection, but then someone at home tries to be smart or turn a blind eye by saying “okay for a bottle you want it to be!” and is thrown where it shouldn’t be.
A few simple tips to make helping nature be child’s play for children.
- Teach your children why it is important to separate waste, don’t just say “Throw it in the paper!”
- Prepare some nice recycling bins, you could attach eyes with a big mouth and thus give the idea that they are “animated”
- Water is a precious commodity, tell them that it is needed by all people, including their friends and that we cannot waste it when we brush our teeth or in the bathroom, same thing goes for electric light
- Take time out from time to time to explore the nature around the area where you live, you will discover places you did not know existed
- Organize themed trips, perhaps involving other parents, for example a weekend at the sea to clean up the beaches
- Ask the Municipality of residence which projects have been implemented to protect the environment and how the children can make their contribution.
- Respect nature… reading! Go to the library and organize a sort of treasure hunt for the most eco-sustainable book, or choose together with your children some books in which the topic is addressed. They will discover, I am sure, a new world that will fascinate them.