This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month, our members are talking about how they extend their family’s natural lifestyle to their child’s school. Hop around to each post to get some tips and share your own!
My children are not in school yet but this fall my husband and I are looking into all the educational options for our kids. My daughter starts kindergarten next year and we are starting to tour private schools and arranging a visit to our local public school. Our mind is all over the place with options and what we think we might want to do. What I do know is I am going to look at the following things at all the schools.
Curriculum: Where does science, social studies, and environmental education fall in the curriculum. It is one thing to have an assembly or some activities around Earth Day but it is a another thing to incorporate it into the curriculum as whole. I want to see science lessons in the curriculum including education about weather, plants, and animals. Often in preparation for core skills testing mandated by state and federal guidelines science and social studies get pushed to more of an elective role, or worse, it is almost nonexistent. I want to see it incorporated as much as it can be even in kindergarten. [Read more...]