Explain to parents that this year your group will be studying "How to Explore and Protect Our Planet." Inform them that you'll be reading books, as well as taking walks and field trips to explore the natural world, and doing lots of projects to learn about conservation and ecology. Then suggest that parents extend the learning at home with the following:
Foster recycling-save paper scraps; recycle cans, bottles, and newspapers; turn off lights where they are not needed; and explain to your child the reasons for these actions.
Try to find ways to reuse plastic and cardboard food packaging. Do simple art projects with the materials and use some of the plastic containers for storing household items. Always make your child aware of why you are recycling.
Take walks in your neighborhood-urban, suburban, or rural-to observe the plants and animals. Talk about what is needed to keep the plants and animals healthy.
Listen for bird and animal calls and learn to identify the sounds made by different creatures.
Take a trip to the library to find books about weather, space, or other topics about the natural world that are of interest to you and your child. Read and discuss the books together. Encourage your child to ask questions and express ideas.
Build a bird feeder and learn about the type of foods your local birds eat.
Watch for seasonal changes in the bird population.
If you live near a beach, collect sea shells and learn about the creatures that inhabit them. Talk about the importance of clean water for their survival.
If you live in an area where it snows, take a walk to look for animal tracks. Find out what animals do to survive in cold climates.
Grow things! Plants in city apartments, gardens in the backyard or a container, flowers in boxes, leaves in water-it doesn't matter what you grow. Every experience will teach your child valuable lessons about the importance of light, clean water, and nutrient-rich soil for growing plants.