At The International Preschools, every day is a day to take care of the Earth! During the month of April, the classroom themes center around Earth Day; sub-topics include ways to keep our Earth clean and safe for animals and people, including recycling and gardening. The goal is to teach the children small things that we can do to care for our Earth during April, that ultimately we can carry out year-round!
In every classroom, every day, our students are making progress toward protecting our planet Earth. Many classrooms use reusable, plastic tumbler cups at snack time with each child’s name on it. This helps to cut back on waste, as disposable cups are used less frequently. Some Writing Centers have a “scrap box,” where clippings from previous art projects are available for use in new creations! A favorite classroom “job” is to be the Light Switch Helper; this person is in charge of turning the lights off every time the students leave the classroom, helping to save electricity. Other classrooms learn to care for plants and pets!
At our 45th Street location, a rooftop garden has been established, led and initiated by teacher Ms. Robyn. Throughout the school year, children at this location help to cultivate and nourish plants right within our third floor playground! This project has been a wonderful way to visually teach children about gardening and the life-cycle of plants. Children are invited to consider where their food comes from and how it grows using soil, seeds, and water. These activities are perfect for our play-based learning curriculum.
Be sure to check out next week’s blog, which will cover the school-wide 2017 Earth Day celebrations! In the meantime, here is a list of books used by IPS teachers to teach children about taking care of the Earth:
- The Earth Book by Todd Parr
- Earth Day Every Day by Lisa Bullard
- Earth Day Birthday! by Maureen Wright
- Big Earth, Little Me by Thom Wiley
- 10 Things I Can Do To Help My World by Melanie Walsh
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