Reduce, Recycle, Reuse
At Kumon, we put a great deal of emphasis on our commitment to the community and take a conscientious approach to improve the quality of life for current and future generations. Part of that commitment is taking care of the environment. We believe it is necessary to combine the knowledge of people from around the world in order to solve global environmental problems.
Earth Day, celebrated on April 22nd, is the perfect opportunity to discuss environmental awareness with your family. Whether you already have Earth Day traditions or are looking for new ways to get involved, now is the perfect time to start talking about the importance of preserving our planet.
Reduce. Recycle. Reuse
A great introduction to Earth Day is the discussion of the three R’s—Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Make three circle maps, one for each word and use them to list ideas on how to do each of these things to help the Earth. When you are done, let your child pick three activities.
- Plant Seeds of Learning. Many people plant a tree on Earth Day. Children can learn about plants by growing little seedlings in milk cartons on the window sill of your house or by actually going outside and digging in the dirt. This is an opportunity for students to learn about the importance of plants and how they reduce our carbon footprint. They’ll also learn more about scientific classification and plant structure.
- Recycle. This is the number one action we can do to improve the environment. Help your children understand the importance of recycling with some interesting facts. The U.S. recycles less than 22% of its discarded materials. Did you know that the average American family wastes about 150 pounds of paper per year and that Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour? Encourage your children to help protect our oceans and forests by creating three recycling bins around the house for paper, glass and plastic.
- Build a Birdhouse. Encourage the reuse of recycled products by making an art project. For example, reuse a plastic bottle, toilet paper roll or milk jug to make a birdhouse. This not only promotes recycling and reusing products, but also encourages a sense of compassion towards nature. Birdhouses provide nesting spaces in the increasingly threatened habitat of birds. An increased bird population is not only pleasant for the eyes and ears, but is also important to our ecosystem. Birds scavenge waste and pollinate plants.
The good news is that people of all ages can do their part to treat the Earth better. Learn more about Kumon’s commitment to the environment!