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Living Smartly in Today’s World

Once upon a time, a parent or Teacher focused on picking up garbage and “Zappit in the Zibi Bin!”.  Now, we must teach our children that humans have a far greater impact on the environment than just garbage.  Some of the main environmental impacts we now teach them to conserve are –

  • about the biodiversity.  Biodiversity is like a spider’s web.  Everything on Earth is connected and part of this web.  If one part of the web breaks or disappears, it is no longer as strong as it was.  How can your class protect their local biodiversity?  Share your classes conservation efforts with us so that we can see how different Biomes are affected by humans.
  • Do we show our children how to produce less waste? Recycling is all the rage, but re-using and re-purposing previously used items before just shoving them into the recycling bin must be our first option – have your class any new ideas for us?  Start a conversation about how your children react towards wastage.
  • Saving energy is very pertinent to all. What daily actions are the children of the world doing to save energy?  Possibly; they have formed a habit to switch off lights if they are the last person to leave a room or found a friend whose parent is able to share collecting them from school with their mother, thus reducing petrol usage.  It would so interesting to hear your different stories.
  • Cape Town’s children have experienced the effects of drought in a very real way. What water saving methods do they continue use, even though the rains have been plentiful this winter.  Do they understand that the conservation of water, energy, waste and biodiversity is for life?

Join our Facebook Group, Sustaining Ubuntu, and share with us some of the interesting activities your classes do relating to any of the actions relating to managing and improving our environment.  It would be great to hear from different parts of the country.

This week brings the final book (in the series of 6) produced by the 2 Oceans Aquarium.  This is the “I live Smart” book,  perfect for the classroom to read together.  The story encourages free and creative thinking and your class can also download a free poster about energy saving.  This book is also available in Afrikaans.

Coloured Bead StairsThe Hanger for the Colored Bead Stairs and the Bead Houses complements the Colored Bead Stairs featured last week. Look out for our other featured items – the Trigger Spray Bottle and the Animal Puzzle: Fish – both of which help improve the young child’s fine motor muscle development.

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