Learning About Forests is an educatiional programme run by the Foundation for Environmental Education which aims to increase knowledge about the key role forests play in sustaining life on our planet. The programme encourages students to reconnect with our woodland heritage and imbue students with a sense of ownership of their environment which, in many places, has become lost over time.
APPROACHES TO FOREST EDUCATION AT THE LITTLE PRINCE KINDERGARTEN
To maintain a healthy lifestyle, children should be educated in a positive way about the environment in order to create a sense of consciousness and participation, and to help them acquire a knowledge of ecological principles aimed at ensuring a balance between the health of the individual, society, and the environment.
At the Little Prince Kindergarten in Romania, several activities have been developed in order to:
- stimulate interest for maintaining a balanced environment and for acquiring skills that reflect care and protection as well as public awareness. Local authorities are also involved in the designation of many green spaces for relaxation and the children's playground;
- raise awareness on the responsible involvement of preschool children in their environment, which can guarantee health for each of them;
- grow a desire to be actively involved in collaboration with others to protect the environment and to solve problems due to pollution;
- train and practice habits and learn practical skills in order to achieve goals, namely, regarding utilities, renewable and recyclable material;
- raise awareness among the local authorities to designate as many green spaces and playgrounds for children as possible.
Let’s Plant a Tree
Day by day we see how nature suffers from the indifference and carelessness of people whose behavior damages our environment. We love nature and the gifts that it offers, but being thankful is not enough. Thus, we have gathered young and old, children, teachers and parents, to plant small trees in the courtyard of the kindergarten to show that voluntary acts have no obstacles or age limits.
We Collect, Select and Save Trees
This is an ongoing activity at the kindergarten, as it takes place during the entire school year and engages preschoolers from all existing groups in the kindergarten as well as their family members or other members of the local community.
This activity involves collecting recyclable waste and using it to create clothing. At the same time, it aims to bring awareness to and stimulate children and adults (parents, grandparents) to become active participants in cleaning up the environmental and reusing waste.
During this activity, we used waste such as cardboard, pages of books, cardboard rolls from toilet paper or sanitary towels, pieces of polystyrene, twigs, foil, leaves etc. Some of the clothing has been created as a result of a collaboration between children and parents, others were made by preschoolers.
Let’s Love Nature
During this activity, preschoolers have the opportunity to express themselves through theatre using the techniques learned, and their impressions, feelings and emotions linked to nature.
The works were performed in the kindergarten hall, for an audience of visitors.
Advice for Environmentalists: Distribution of Flyers with Eco Messages
The Earth is for all; therefore, only together can we protect it and take care of it properly. The quality of the surrounding environment represents a partnership between the kindergarten, school and the local community to achieve common objectives, such as environmental and social development and the environmental consciousness of citizens for a sustainable society. By distributing flyers, we wanted to bring to everyone's attention the need to protect the environment and our health through concrete and urgent action.
Preschoolers handed out flyers in the park in front of the kindergarten and in the central park, and urged the passersby to adopt sensible habits towards the environment.
The Little Gardeners
Preschoolers were equipped with protective gloves and aprons and headed to the kindergarten yard. They then demonstrated how to work, discovering that once planted, flowers need water to live and grow, and sun to offer light and warmth. Armed with gardening containers, flowerpots and water, preschoolers followed the instructions of teachers and planted flowers.
Meeting With Nature
Outdoor activities among preschoolers are usually a great success, and this time a walk in our city was the best way to learn, namely, by observing how the surrounding nature and trees are suffering. Preschoolers could see pollutants as factors and how much they damage nature, and had the opportunity to make / find ways to protect the environment and to repair damage.
The Park in Colours
Practicing previously learned habits, skills and care of protecting the environment and to instill a proactive ecological attitude was the central aim of this action.
Preschoolers used pebbles, sticks, dried flowers and twigs to create an image of a children's park.The activity followed an updating of their knowledge on: the state of the environment, waste collection rules, and ways in which we can contribute to solving the problems of pollution currently facing the environment.
This project is nationally coordinated by Carpathian-Danubian Centre of Geoecology
- Carpathian-Danubian Centre of Geoecology
- Learn About Forest Programme
- Foundation for Environmental Education
Carpathian-Danubian Centre of Geoecology
Centrul Carpato-Danubian de Geoecologie