There are many ways to create environmentally friendly classrooms, which help infuse green living habits in young children. If you’re a teacher, create one. Parents should also support environmental awareness in their children through green classrooms.
Eco-Friendly Classroom Ideas
• Reusable containers for snacks, drinks and lunches. Even plastic containers help the environment if they are reusable. These containers, because of their usability, will not quickly make their way to landfills, where they may remain for hundreds of years. Unlike natural products, non-recyclable plastics, like most water bottles, will not environmentally break down and become useful aids to the environment. Reusable containers, particularly metal or cardboard, will reduce waste in local landfills.
• Install scrap paper boxes or containers. Scrap paper can often be reused for notes, practice writing, drawing or projects. Saving trees via reusing scrap paper helps the environment without increasing waste volume.
• Support class—or entire school—recycling programs. While this idea should be obvious, many people fail to consider establishing the habit of recycling in classrooms. Many items used in classrooms are recyclable. Teaching children this valuable habit is worthwhile and will save financially challenged schools much needed money.
• Make craft material boxes for discardables. Many classroom items destined for the trash bin can be reused as inexpensive materials for crafts projects. Designating one or more receptacles as craft material storage allows students to recycle things like small boxes, string, plastic bottles, paper with at least one clean side, and tissue paper as future craft and project materials.
• Cut up plastic six-pack rings to save animals. Convince the food service staff to deliver those troublesome six-pack plastic rings used for soda, juice and other drinks to your classroom. When these are carelessly discarded, both land and sea animals can get caught in them, leading to strangulation. Cutting these dangerous rings can save many animals and discarding them properly will help landfills.
• Design environmental awareness projects for students. Teachers can energize their creativity to design eco-friendly projects for their young charges. For example, a project requiring students to learn about creating paper and the damage caused by cutting down numerous trees will make them aware of the importance of recycling paper. Students could also display their understanding and commitment to environmentally friendly living by planting a tree on school grounds.
Supporting environmentally friendly classrooms is valuable to everyone. Reinforcing these concepts by having young students practice everyday conservation and green activities will infuse environmentally friendly habits into the minds and lives of children. When compared to other necessary learning activities, these suggestions should be fun and easy for the classroom.