Educating Our Children About Living Things

The world we inhabit and share with the countless living things from blades of grass to towering redwoods, from the unseen single celled Amoeba to the gigantic blue whale, and every living thing in between is what makes Earth so special and beautiful to behold.

As the brain develops, it is assaulted with a plethora of sights and sounds, bright colors and wondrous fragrances, sensational textures and satisfying tastes. It can be quite overwhelming and frustrating to not be able to express the pleasures inspired by the rich diversity of the world around us.

Books are invaluable tools of knowledge and gratify the desire to know, to learn, to explore the inquisitive. As children grow into adolescence, their curiosity may not dissipate completely but diminishes as their society's (school, peers) interests influence them with an acceptable need to fit in. The fascination with living things takes a backseat and may never ride shotgun again.

Children's books about living things will help them to understand themselves and people as we are the most incredible of living things. By the right method, the author can incorporate nature's constant about living things. Inhaling oxygen and exhaling carbon dioxide for animals and the inverse for plants plainly states the direct relationship and the importance of saving the rain forests and being conscious about trees being chopped down for commerce. The basis of carbon as one of the fundamental elements to all living things can give this chaotic world some order and perspective.

Igniting an interest in reading for further knowledge and answers to questions children were not conscious of or had not thought of prior makes children's books about living things entertaining. In a world full of distractions motivated by technological advancement it's easy to lose sight of the important things. Now more than ever the health of our planet is dependent upon children and their concern for living things.

It's not enough to tell children that living things that can't speak or act for themselves are important; we need to get the children to come to that conclusion themselves. Children books about living things need to exemplify why it is vital for the Brazilian rain forests to remain standing so that the pretty caterpillar can hang a nice cocoon in which to grow into a graceful butterfly or why the mommy polar bear crushing through ice, that is rapidly diminishing at a faster rate due to indirect negative human intervention, in search of a seal to feed its baby polar bear, is important to the planet, if not in their everyday lives.

It is our job to help children understand that without a healthy Earth they'll have no place to call home. Children's delight in living things and the world around them begins with adults genuine enthusiasm to which children look up to.

Robert Grazian is an accomplished niche website developer and author.

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