Happy Earth-Day To You: Ways to Celebrate

Well, Earth Day is upon us.  Thursday, April 22nd is Earth Day.  I read that there was some discussion in our local papers about  Earth Hour (turn off everything for an hour) and whether or not it’s a good thing.  I suppose that we could ask the same questions about Earth Day.  Is it really worth it?  Does it actually make a difference to think about the Earth and change your habits for one day?  I think that the point is awareness and effort.  Yes!  It does make a difference.  The biggest difference it can make is that we try something new, we reflect on our actions and their global impact, we make an effort to make a change and, hey… maybe we even decide that it wasn’t so bad and maybe we could do it more often… and (while we’re at it) try to make other efforts, as well!   If we all just make one little change and push ourselves to make one more effort for our planet… the world will be a better place and the impact can be long-lasting.

I’ve got a list of ten little things that we can do to “go green” that I want to share with you.  Little differences can go a long way!

1) Two years ago, my husband and I bought ourselves a Worm Factory as an Earth-day gift to ourselves.  It’s a great biology lesson for the kids.  We love that the kids get the chance to get up-close and personal with our own creepy-crawlies that are composting our kitchen goods, right before our eyes!  Also, it creates an amazing soil that helps our plants to grow really well.  We tend to use that rich soil for our indoor plants, as it would take a lot longer to make a significant difference in our garden.

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Pudding Fingerpaint: Crafting With Kids

Ms. Marlene from Bumblebees Family Centre (Next Tuesday’s the vision screening day for your thee-year-old, by the way) has offered up a few of her secret recipes!!  Ms. Marlene is an Early Childhood Educator and mama to three wonderful kids.  We tried it out, at home.  Yummm…

This instant pudding artwork is finger-lickin’ good!

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Little Farmers Petting Zoo

Meg Wallner is Mommy to one,  jewelry-maker, and a freelance writer from Kamloops.

My family and I just visited the Little Farmers Petting Zoo in Westsyde. My daughter, who is 16 months, had a blast! Never had she seen so many different animals that children don’t get to see on a daily basis. There were a variety of exotic birds, like Polish and Bantam chickens, along with regular barnyard chickens, ducks, emus, peacocks and pheasants. Also a sight to see, are the large turkeys, called Bronze Wild turkeys. The animals were rather friendly too, the goats and ducks come right up to the fence, hoping for a treat or two. At one point during our visit to the zoo, one of the goats was in the old car in the goat pen. It was quite comical.

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Homeschooling with a Large Family: One Parent’s Perspective

This post is by KamloopsParents.Com reader, Miranda Brown – Kamloops Mom to 6 children and homeschooling family for 7 years.

I often get asked while I am out with my six children in tow, “How do you do it?” It’s one of those questions that stumps me every time it is asked.  Homeschooling 3 children and having 3 little ones at home brings some very full busy days but wonderful, too. A schedule is one of the best ways I have achieved our homeschooling goals and to help feel encouraged by what we are doing. With a schedule, I have a goal to work toward.  At the same time, homeschooling with many children… the biggest lesson I had to learn was flexibility. Life happens when you are at home.  Spills happen, kids get sick and some days just get hairy.

For us, having some routine for our day brings balance and order. The school-aged children have their routine and the three little ones look to me for what they can do.  Times when I let them “just play” are times when the house gets turned upside down and all the blankets are pulled off the beds and couch cushions dumped (which is great every now and then) and when we are done our schooling I look around and have a ton to clean up.  That just can not happen everyday.  So I have come up with activities I can do with my babies, toddlers, and preschoolers during our school time and still teach the older kids.

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