Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Jumbo likes it Green.

 28th July is World Nature Conservation Day. So what can kids do about it? Should it not be the responsibility of us adults? Yes it is, but maybe our generation is facing the devastation and depletion of natural resources because we took it for granted, we didn’t belong to nature and thus did not love it.
Jumbo Kids decided to take a leaf from the Te Whariki curriculum of the Government of New Zealand and instill the principles of Belonging, Family and Community, Contribution and Well Being in the celebration of World Nature Conservation day. We planned the celebrations to culminate on the 28th of July so that children have a sense of and basic understanding about what conservation of nature means to them.
We love something when it belongs to us and when it belongs to us we love it enough to protect it. This is the principle of Belonging. Nature needs to belong to children so to get that sense of belonging each child adopted a tree/plant in the school, each child gave their chosen tree/plant a special name and will say hello everyday to that tree/plant. If the child notices that something is wrong with the tree/plant then the child will seek help of an adult and ensure that the tree is ‘well’ again. Here are some examples of names given by the kids-
·         Mera ped
·         Greeny
·         Tall man
·         Leafy
·         Cutie tree
·         Fresh leaves
One can imagine how the everyday early morning school coming will now have chants of Hello mera ped! Or Hello cutie tree! A daily connection with nature indeed is achieved. Parents do ask your child to adopt a tree at home too.
The principle of Community was instilled by a discussion in our junior kindergarten classes by our 4 to 5 year olds on what are we doing that harms nature and how we can stop it.
These are the points that emerged from their discussion-
1.    Many people are throwing rubbish everywhere, even near trees.
2.    No body waters the plants on the roads; they have to wait for rains.
3.    We hurt trees by hanging tyres on them!
4.    Birds cannot sleep on trees because there are lights on them at night.
5.    Some children pluck leaves! (Not them but some children!)
Sensitivity is the core result of this discussion as it was seen that empathy towards nature was instilled. For the part about how to stop it, it was surprising that most of them wanted to write to the PM about it and 48% wanted to call up Salman Khan (Sultan) to appeal to him to straighten up those who are harming nature! We then had a discussion on how we can peacefully achieve the same!
Parents, while travelling in the car with your child do start such insightful, thinking based conversations.
The principle of Well Being was instilled with a discussion among the senior kindergarteners, 5 to 6 year olds on the importance of leaves in the life of plants and humans. How do leaves keep us all healthy? The discussion ranged from ideas like-
1.    They are the food factory of the tree/plant
2.    We need them in our burgers!
3.    Dadi needs them for decorating the door.
4.    We need spinach to be strong like Popeye.
5.    Leaves call rain, my mummy said we have rain trees.
6.    They give us oxygen.
The discussion ended with the teacher asking, should we pluck leaves and the answer was unanimous, NO, it hurts the plant/tree.
Asking the children to think about how we can reduce the use of plastic developed the principle of Contribution. Many of them are going to appeal to their parents to stop using plastic bags and some are going to pester their parents about buying steel water bottles and snack boxes instead of plastic ones!

The choice given to our schools was simple, do art activities if they help children understand about loving nature or do such thinking activities. The goal is clear, let us help children fall in love with nature so that nature belongs to them and when they grow up they don’t have to work hard to save nature, as nature would already be safe because they love it and treasure it.

HAPPY WORLD NATURE CONSERVATION DAY.

TEAM PODAR JUMBO KIDS



29 comments:

Ashiwini Mungi said...

Superb idea maam Thanks a lot for sharing this blog.It is really a necessity to make our kids and new generation understand the value of growing trees as it help us in many ways.plantations by themselves will make them learn how to take care of trees and make friends.They will also learn to talk about the importance of plants.
PJ K Nashik
Ashwini mungi.

Sunita Jadhav said...

A very unique way to instill in the little minds that Green is not just a color ,it’s something beyond that. Let’s join this beautiful efforts by jumbo team and bring our Future generation closer to nature. Let us Teach them the three R’s of being green…. Reduse,Re-use and Re-cycle. This idea of going green can be instilled in a kids minds through many activities. As kids today have become tech savvy this can be done through games such Nasa’s climate kids,go green mystery games. Thank you Ma’am, we would indeed feel proud to be apart of such commendable efforts of Going Green.
Sunitha Jadhav
Pjk Nashik

Jumbo Kids Nashik said...

I could recall Totochan. Such activities in true sense will help kids connect with nature and instill love, care & belonging. Thank you Ma'am for such a informative article.

Kamini Dhangar said...

Thank you ma'am for sharing the blog. We must grow more trees to keep our environment green.
Kamini dhangar
Pjk Nashik
29. 7. 16

Kamini Dhangar said...

Thank you ma'am for sharing the blog. We must grow more trees to keep our environment green.
Kamini dhangar
Pjk Nashik
29. 7. 16

Kamini Dhangar said...

Thanks you ma'am for sharing the blog. We must plant more trees to our environment green.
Kamini dhangar
Pjk Nashik
29. 7. 16

Tejashree Marathe said...

Thank you so much Ma'am to share with us this article.Yes, this great idea will help our little one's to fall in love with nature.They will learn to take care of trees and their benefits.Trees are our Best Friends.
Happy Nature Conservation Day.
Tejashree Marathe
PJK Teacher
Nashik

sejal pandya said...

It is indeed a very unique way to make children learn the basic principles of life-protecting,caring and showing unconditional love for Nature, family and friends.we as parents,educators and responsible citizens should always show concern and participate in every idea thus igniting the young minds .
Sejal Pandya
PJK Nashik.

Sunita Sharma said...

Wonderful article.We as parents and teachers should always create an awareness among children to come closer to nature.
Sunita Sharma
PJK Nashik

Prutha Doshi said...

That amazing discussion speaks little minds and their feelings for nature.This is how children learn at jumbo kids.

The red lights are on. It is very much necessary to make children understand the importance of nature and thereby teach them to conserve it.
Let us all join the initiative taken by Jumbo kids and save our mother Earth.

Thank you ma'am for sharing this article.

Ms. Prutha Doshi
PJK Rajkot

Mithila Kulkarni said...

A nice article ma'am. All parents and teachers should make aware their children and society the importance of nature and trees. Trees are our friends and how they help us should be explained to them. planting trees is important but conservation and taking care of them is more important. so lets be friends with trees.


PJK Nashik,
Mithila Kulkarni

Sarina Oberoi said...

Wonderful article so aptly shared on the World conservation day.
Green as rightly said is more than just a color...GREEN just as it says GO is now a signal to all parents and teachers to keep this as GO point and make the children understand the value of nature and natural resources and how important it is to conserve it.

Supervisor Siva Priya said...

Thank you mam for the wonderful article stating the importance of nature.yes mam,myself as parent love nature and motivate my child to care nature and also we plant to enjoy green within us

Rajalakshmi S said...

Nice article Maám... The vision will definitely make our children to love the nature...
It is essential to cultivate a behavior among our children to protect our environment from pollution and the ultimate goal to save our planet Earth.

S.RAJALAKSHMI
PJK, NASIK

Jayanthi Subramanian said...

Thank you ma'am for sharing such an informative article which can help children to know many ways to bond with nature and contribute to their conservation. In todays trend of deforestation we as teachers and parents must do our level best to inculcate such green thoughts to preserve the greenary on earth.
Jayanthi Subramanian
PJK Nashik.

Jayanthi Subramanian said...

Thank you ma'am for sharing such an informative article which can help children to know many ways to bond with nature and contribute to their conservation. In todays trend of deforestation we as teachers and parents must do our level best to inculcate such green thoughts to preserve the greenary on earth.
Jayanthi Subramanian
PJK Nashik.

Supriya said...

The effects of urbanisation and global warming beckons us to hear the Natures call to save our environment .Let's join hands with this novel thought
Supriya Labhade
Pjk , Nashik

Jayshree Nemade said...

Thanks ma'am for such a wonderful article. Truly the next generation should understand the importance of nature and planting trees.
JAYSHREE NEMADE
PJK NASHIK.

jayshree shah said...

Ma'am a very informative article as Nature is our treasure Help save it' You have guided and instilled in many children, parents and staff empathy towards nature by principle of belonging, principle of community and principle of well being. We have to save nature as
The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.
Nature is beyond all Teaching and today your article is all about to protect Nature.
I am always trying my best to protect nature by planting trees and watering them.
I have informed our PJk kids also the water left in water bottles should be given to plants.
Thanks once again for always guiding us in a right path to instilled good values in children .

ds Tooltech said...

Thank you ma'am for creating awareness regarding importance of nature and trees. This article will help children to know many different ways to protect our nature and trees. I hope everyone will give their best to take care of nature.

SIDDHI SHAHARKAR
PJK NASHIK

Rashmi Gawde said...

A wonderful and unique way to help children understand nature and the importance of its conservation. Thank you Ma'am, for this informative article .
Warm regards,
Rashmi S. Gawde
Teacher - PJK Nashik.

Pjk Gwalior said...

"I think that I shall never see
A billboard lovely as a tree.
Perhaps, unless the billboards fall,
I'll never see a tree at all."
Vert truly said Ma'am and by following these practises children will surly make a special place for trees in their heart and nurture this beautiful feeling of "belonging" life long and passing to the next............

Pallavi Sharma said...

It's a very interesting article ma'am with the depleting tree population it's necessary for the kids of today's generation to engulf the fact that one day if they don't respect and love thier trees it will be vanish soon. I also think that every child should be taught and showed how each tree grows so the love for Tees and nurturing will happen..... very nicely written ma'am.

Pallavi Sharma said...

It's a very interesting article ma'am with the depleting tree population it's necessary for the kids of today's generation to engulf the fact that one day if they don't respect and love thier trees it will be vanish soon. I also think that every child should be taught and showed how each tree grows so the love for Tees and nurturing will happen..... very nicely written ma'am.

Manju Joshi said...

We see that mothers day , world conservation day etc are been celebrated but have never touched the heart of young ones to believe why it is important. Its the best way to make environment green which is destroyed due to different issues and ailments in the society. I feel now its our turn of every mother and teacher to talk to our children.

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