Child psychologists say children are like sponges, they tend to absorb anything that they see from their environment. It is called cognitive skill. And this starts at home.
When your child see you segregating biodegradable from non-biodegradable wastes at home, she will likely copy it when she matures. This is the first step wherein you informally teaches her to care for the environment. Biodegradable materials are those that decompose or disintegrate easily, like food, vegetables, paper, cartons, and common kitchen wastes; while non-biodegradable materials are those than do not decompose, or take so many years before it disintegrates into another form or chemical composition.
Put a separate bin or container for your recyclable materials at home. You can put in cartons, papers, plastic bottles, aluminum cans from drinks or other canned foods, tin cans, bottles, and other things you want to discard to lessen clutter in your home. You can sell it or just hand it to the trash collector as giveaway for his services. He would thank you for that because it can be sold in junk shops.
Food wastes like vegetable trimmings can be used as organic fertilizer for your plants. Just put it on your plant pots. It serves as natural mulch to prevent fast water evaporation and provides food for the earthworm or beneficial organisms in the soil, making your plant healthy.
There are so many simple things at home that you can do to teach your child how to care for the environment, like using water wisely, turning off unused lights, turning off television or electronic gadgets when not in use, buying things that are just necessities, among others. By being a concerned consumer, you are teaching your children to be frugal too, and indirectly, care for the environment.
When she attends school, her initial knowledge in caring for the environment will be further enhanced.
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