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How to teach your kids about solar power

How to teach your kids about solar power

It’s simple to teach kids about things that matter if you find the subjects that naturally fascinate them, and solar power is an exciting topic for kids. They enjoy hearing about how our biggest and most powerful star makes more energy is a single second that human civilisations have needed since the beginning of time.

Energy is a subject that children are naturally drawn to.  Just try asking a small child how he thinks his body creates the power to breath and walk and talk and run. That will get him thinking, and asking all manner of questions.  It’s a good springboard too, onto the subject of how we use energy to power our houses and our lives.  You could try talking about ‘clean’ energy and ‘dirty’ energy, or about the type of energy that is running out (fossil fuel, natural gas), and the type of energy that never runs out (solar, wind, wave power etc).

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Hank D and the Bee: Republican Treehuggers

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Child's Guide to Tree Hugging

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Pesticides Permeate Children's Pee

366437759_d08875c812.jpgOnly mothers can sit around talking about their children’s diapers and toilet learning behaviors in “normal” conversation. Now they can add the presence of pesticides in their children’s eliminations to their discussions.

A new, peer-reviewed study has found in children’s urine and saliva organophosphates, a family of pesticides spawned by the creation nerve-gas in WWII. How did it get there? Conventionally grown food.

The study was conducted for a year on Mercer Island, Washington, involving 21 children from ages three to eleven. Amazingly, once the children switched to eating only organically-grown food, the presence of pesticides was eliminated from their body fluids in eight to 36 hours. Principal author of the study and Emory University professor Chensheng Lu explains:

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Great Children's Literature: My Mom Hugs Trees

51chcfc9czl_aa240_.jpgI have to admit, I am a mom who hugs trees. There’s even a black and white self-portrait of me hugging a cedar tree in my mother’s house. Since before my children were born, I have hiked to a sacred yew tree on my land, hugged it, and said my prayers several times a week.

Sometimes my children join in, sometimes they just explore the yew grove. Last winter, my hugging yew tree fell over after a great snow fall. I still hug it, and it is still alive, but I must lean over to hug my tree now.

My daughter can definitely relate to My Mom Hugs Trees, written by Robyn Ringgold and illustrated by Vidya Vasudevan. This rhyming book is the story of a mother that not only hugs trees, but she talks to plants, rescues bugs instead of killing them, plants seeds from the fruit they eat, asks the flowers if she can pick them, etc. OK, she’s a hippie!

After bedtime stories, Mom says good night to the moon and stars. “Good night, Moon. Good night, Stars. Thank you for your light from afar. [Read more…]