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Giving Children a Natural Start

Posted by: Rhonda October 7, 2014

If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it.  David Sobel

What is the best way to lay a foundation in environmental education for children? How can you teach a child to love the earth?

“If you want a child to become a competent reader, it’s vital for caring adults to share engaging books with the child from birth,” Christy Merrick, Director of the Natural Start Alliance, reminds us. “The same is true for building environmental literacy: we must start early with positive experiences that give children a reason to keep learning about and caring about the world around them.”

It certainly doesn’t take a lot of complex programming. In fact, Christy writes, “a child’s early positive experiences—watching ants march down the sidewalk, listening to birds calling in the trees, catching rainwater in a rain barrel—give children a great start that sets them up for later learning that builds into environmental literacy.” Read the article.