9 Ways to Engage Your Kids with Eco-Friendly Activities at Home

Unexpectedly thrown into homeschooling? It’s no small task to keep your kids on track with learning their usual requirements when it comes to reading, writing, and math. But the extracurricular part is where you can really have fun with it! And since you’re here we have a feeling that you and your kids are nature-lovers through and through. 

That’s why we’ve gathered 9 fun ways to engage your kids around sustainability, start some great new conversations, and have FUN along the way.

 Watch A Movie

The Lorax, Wall-E, DisneyNature’s Penguins – Pop some popcorn and watch these childhood favorites. When it’s over, chat with your kids about how they feel about it.

2. Start a compost

It’s the perfect time to reuse your food waste to create the perfect soil for your garden this Spring. Want a step by step? Download our kit of fun, kid-friendly how-to’s here

3. Play a game

Minecraft: Education Edition has a great set of biodiversity based games, free to anyone with a minecraft subscription. Check out these from WWF here: Extinction! Biodiversity, Extinction! Safari.

4. Calculate your carbon footprint 

Learn a little more about what a carbon footprint is in our lesson for kids. Follow along with this guide, and this powerpoint. Then, use this quiz we put together to see your family’s carbon footprint, and make a pledge to lower it.

5. Spring cleaning 

Sort through old clothes and toys to make a give away bag to donate later. Find something broken along the way? Try to repair it before replacing it! If your kids are reluctant to part with their things, tell them it’s essential if they want to make room for something new in the future.

6. Follow the ABC’s of going green

Go down the list to see what you’re already doing, and what changes you could make as a family. Download it here.

7. Make art 

Upcycle old materials to create a fun art project. Did you know, you can cut off the ends of dried markers, and soak them in water to make watercolor paint? Try painting on old newspapers, or the inside of cereal boxes for a cool textured background!

8. Love sea life?

Check out this livestream from Ripley’s Aquarium Canada, where you can watch sharks and other fish in real time! It’s almost like being there yourself. Make a list of all the different types of fish you see and look them up later to learn more!

9. Make some plant based treats 

This is a personal favorite recipe of mine- 3 ingredient oatmeal banana cookies! Bonus! They’re great as breakfast and super easy to make. Check out the recipe here. Want more eco-friendly, kid-friendly activities to keep kids busy? Check out our homeschool activity guide for more ideas and how-to’s.

Music Monday – May 4, 2020

On Monday May 4, 2020, many children, youth, teachers, parents and community members across Canada will join #TogetherInHarmony for Music Monday.  

Music Monday was launched in 2005 by the Coalition for Music Education.  Each year, hundreds of thousands of students, educators and music makers celebrate with events from coast to coast, and participate in the collective singing of the Music Monday Anthem.  This years’ song is called “Hymn to Freedom” by Oscar Peterson and Hariette Hamilton.  

At German Mills P.S.,  we would like to show our support for Music Monday, by asking all students to learn “Hymn to Freedom” and help fill the air with music and joy!  How can we do this?  On Monday May 4, 2020 at approximately 11:00am, you and your family can get outside (on your back deck, porch, open a window… etc.) 

Mrs. Mandel is asking for you to do two things.  First, create a poster with your favourite instruments, musicians, songs, etc. or “I love music because…” and take it outside with you while you sing Hymn to Freedom.  Second, take a picture/video of you/your family with the poster, singing the song!  Once you have done this, you will submit your photo/video to Mrs. Mandel and she will put together a Music Monday montage video!   For more information about Music Monday and to see us on the map go to https://coalitioncanada.ca/musicmonday/en/  

Thank you! 🙂

Mrs. Mandel

Assistance with Planning for the 2020-2021 School Year

Our school has begun to plan for the 2020 – 2021 academic year.  In some respects, the work we do now is especially important, because our accuracy with anticipated enrollment helps us better plan, and optimistically, minimizes the need to move students across classes in September. 

Please inform the office as soon as possible, if you know that you will be moving out of the area in the months ahead or know your child will not be returning to German Mills P.S. next year. This information will help us be accurate with our enrollment estimates. Similarly, if you have a child who will be joining us at the school for the first time in Junior Kindergarten (or any other grade) and have yet to register, we would ask you to do so at your earliest convenience.  If you meet someone moving into the community, or have a neighbour with kindergarten-aged children, please encourage them to register sooner rather than later. Families can register at: http://www.yrdsb.ca/schools/Kindergarten/Pages/default.aspx

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.