It's important to me that I raise my son to understand the importance of composting, growing a garden and to respect the need to live an eco-friendly life. The other day I had a greasy paper bag which most people would throw in the trash, but is actually perfect for adding to the compost.
I gave him the task of cutting up the bag into small piece for the compost. At first glance this may seem like just another chore, but he actually liked it and it kept him busy.
We chatted while he performed the task and I noticed the following skills being learned:
Fine Motor: scissors use small finger muscles important for writing and other tasks
Nature and Science: paper can decompose just like kitchen scraps since it also comes from a plant
Math: a whole can be divided into smaller parts
Good Citizenship: reduce waste for a greener world.
Isn't it marvelous how simple, practical life tasks teach kids so much? Do you compost with your kids?