It’s never too early to get children excited about taking care of the Earth. In April, the students in Junior Kindergarten celebrated Earth Day and learned about ways to take better care of the Earth and the environment. In order to spark their interest, the children were introduced to some green initiatives with help from our friend, the Green Spartan. The Green Spartan, a character designed by Upper School Art teacher Mr. Copus, helped the children to learn about and develop an enthusiasm for making changes at school and at home to keep the Earth clean and green.

We started in our classrooms, by setting up recycling bins that the children will use to recycle classroom items such as crayons, markers, and glue sticks. Throughout the week, the children learned about the 3R’s by participating in various play-based activities that encouraged them to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Some of those activities included making newspaper art, creating notepads with recycled materials, playing a recycling sorting game, and cleaning an “ocean” polluted with trash. A trip to a farm taught Junior Kindergarten students about planting, how to grow their own food, and about earthworms and composting. Finally, a visit to Mrs. Estill-Shover’s science lab, let students get up close and personal with those wiggly worms and discover how they help the planet.

It was an exciting week of learning about many ways to “be green.”  Don’t be surprised if your little Green Spartan reminds you to shut off the lights when you leave the room, not to use plastic straws, to turn off the water when you brush your teeth, and to reduce, reuse, and recycle as much as possible. Remember those small changes in how we take care of the Earth now, will make big changes in their future!