Using the seasons to teach children

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) Spring is here and along with it, the time of year the nation shines a spotlight on environmental conservation. One place that’s getting children involved with eco-conscious living is The Goddard School in Grand Rapids.

The Goddard School believes children are never too young to learn about protecting the planet. Their Root for Earth campaign aims to plant the seeds of change in children, their families, and their communities to create a healthier, happier environment. They teach children about environmental conservation through fun activities like creating a solar oven, using recycled materials to create art projects and musical instruments, and even walking through paint to talk about their carbon footprint and the impact they can have on the earth.

Another issue parents should be aware of this time of year is summer learning loss. Children can lose up to a month’s worth of learning if they are not academically stimulated during the summer. Goddard uses a three-fold approach of adventure, fun, and learning with its summer program. Here are some other tips and tricks to avoid summer learning loss:

  • Maintain bedtime, meal times
  • Visit museums
  • Take a music class
  • Go to the park
  • Create mini-masterpieces at home

The Goddard School is having a Summer Sneak Peek Open House from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 3. Registration is free. You can find more information on their website. They are located at 1544 MacNider Road SE in Grand Rapids, off Cascade Road next to Watermark.

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