Make joint walks with kids
It is easy to captivate children with cognitive activity within the framework of joint walks. It can be the creation of feeders or listening to the sounds of nature. Observing the environment can be interesting, and discuss what threats exist for these ecosystems and what can help them.
Teach environmental awareness at class
Are you teaching a foreign language? You can make use of it! Try to raise some topics on climate change or how pollution affects the planet’s ecosystem. It is essential to engage students in the best ways to learn a foreign language and make it worthwhile for our Earth.
You can apply various topics to environmental issues; for example, you can stress the green-friendly solutions and words to describe that when discussing home. You can choose the topics related to the country’s climate, its environmental issues, and challenges. The language approach is a perfect way to raise awareness and learn a foreign language, so if the school uses it – apply there, and your kids will get maximum out of it. The most important thing about raising such topics is to make it from a caregiving position.
Make up and play environmental games
Through play, you can motivate children to be more attentive to natural resources. Fantasize with students in the game’s framework “what happens if suddenly…”: what happens if all the insects suddenly disappear? What will happen to man and all living things if the planet suddenly runs out of freshwater? It is better not to limit the imagination of children. You can pay attention to whether someone comes up with an answer that environmental scientists agree with. Games in the “what and what can be turned” format, for example, crafts made from natural materials or old things, help develop ecological and creative, non-standard thinking.
Read appropriate literature and discuss it afterward
There are many different colorful and visual materials for all ages available today. Working with specialized literature will be an excellent additional activity, including conducting research or project activities. You can conduct environmental quizzes to consolidate knowledge after reading books and reference books.
The study of the topic within the lesson’s framework can be varied with unique materials: watching an educational film or its fragments, using an animated presentation, or unusual handouts with homework. You can make even more exciting classes devoted to specific natural resources of the country with the help of such materials.
Some more tips on raising environmental awareness
There are several stages in environmental education that you can also apply to the educational method you use:
- Be consistent and learn yourself first. Do not demand from a child the things you do not involve yourself in. Show the kids that you are going for this together and that you are also changing your habits. Be an example: only discipline, serious schooling, and action will bring lasting results that can both change the climate to better and educate the kids;
- Children need to be explained what is happening in the world, so tell them a story about environmental problems that already exist. You also have to show how habitual everyday actions can harm nature;
- The other stage is acquaintance with the tools for solving existing environmental problems. Children have a feeling of belonging to the heart on an intuitive level. They don’t need to explain why they need to love nature. It is much more important to show alternative behaviors and how to change habits;
- The restructuring of consciousness to prevent environmental problems is what you will need. You have to explain to kids what a harmonious future world should look like. To do this, you need to show the advantages of the new lifestyle over the existing one.
We hope these tips have helped you plan your next steps to cultivating environmental awareness at school. Reach out, and we’d be happy to help answer any questions or walk through some of the ideas with you further!