Happy Earth Day Fellow Earthlings!
I hope you all had a chance to get outdoors today and enjoy nature! I was excited to check out the hardiness of my garden’s cold crops (kale, spinach, cabbage) on this chilly, windy, snowy (?) spring day.
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Today we celebrate this amazing planet, what it provides for us, and what good deeds we can do for it. We remember that the earth is the water we drink, the soil that grows our food, and the air we breathe – and that soil, water, and air are all shared globally. That sounds like a big feat to take on doesn’t it?! It’s important to remember that we can all do small things to care for the earth. These small things add up and make a difference!
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Here’s one of my favorite examples this week of connecting kids to nature in honor of Earth Day:
I dried milkweed pods last fall and saved them to plant this spring. I took first graders outside yesterday. We opened up a milkweed pod and watched the wind carry away the seeds. This is something that happens regularly in Northwest, Ohio, however, this moment of discussion and observation close up thrilled them so much that some were jumping up and down and screaming! Check out this picture:
After this quick nature connection, we put milkweed seeds into a ball of clay. The kids are excited to throw these into an area needing native plants (of course with parental permission), to grow more native milkweed in our area.
If you didn’t get a chance to connect to nature today and answer my questions, it’s ok – do it tomorrow! After all, everyday is Earth Day!