“Taking better care of the planet is more than just talk at Kinderland,” says Melissa Zanndria Lim, principal at Kinderland’s Marine Parade centre, who adds that the school has always adopted a “hands-on approach to sustainability.”
“Based on the school term’s theme, children learn about reusing and recycling through stories and current affairs, take part in projects or initiatives spearheaded by the school and more” explains Melissa, adding that these activities are designed to create awareness about the 3Rs – Reuse, Reduce and Recycle – in preschoolers.
Melissa says Kinderland believes that protecting the environment is a responsibility for everyone, which means it is important to inculcate these values in children from a young age. (Just check out the project here – growing plants in reused plastic bottles – and the art project, above, using recycled materials!)
Some efforts that Kinderland incorporates into its curriculum include creating a resource-sharing area where children repurpose recyclable materials – some of which are contributed by parents – to create toys and artwork; engaging children in discussions about sustainable practices and encouraging them to switch off lights, fans and air-conditioning and turn off taps when not in use.
Outside of school, children help create awareness about recycling through planned projects via Kinderland’s Home Learning Link, which encourages parental involvement, as well as through participating in sustainability events such as the Earth Day Carnival and Save the Otters along with water-rationing exercises. Why is this so important? “We have a responsibility to ensure our children grow up with the right values of protecting and cherishing the Earth,” says Melissa.
Melissa Zanndria Lim, the principal at Kinderland’s Marine Parade preschool, explains why it’s essential to teach kids about saving the planet.
Why Teaching Green Habits Matters
“Teaching children eco-friendly habits early on is valuable, as it offers them a greater understanding and connection to the world around them, ignites a desire to investigate and creates a ‘multiplier effect’ where children can widen their impact and spread the message of environmental protection.”
How Long She’s Been with Kinderland
“I’ve been teaching at Kinderland since 2010, and I’m always proud to empower young minds and mentor new teachers.”
Why She Loves Her Job
“It keeps you on your toes and young at heart. It has a meaningful purpose, and I get to touch lives and be part of a child’s learning journey.”
Kinderland Preschool & Infant
Tel: 6881 8818
From The Finder (Issue 293), June 2018 / Last updated: Sara Lyle Bow, October 2018
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