First posted April 2010. Ponytails was in grade 7 and Dollygirl (then called Crayons) was in grade 3.
I am not the only one to think of calling April 22nd "God's Earth Day," but it did come into my head as I contemplated one of my least favourite "holidays," on which it's demanded that we bow down not only to the Bunny but to the Asian Elephant, the Blue Whale, the Hybrid Spider Monkey, and every other endangered species, not to mention the Dandelion and the Recyclable Plastic Bag.
"On April 22nd, over six million Canadians will join one billion people worldwide in celebrating Earth Day. Nearly every school across Canada will also participate in Earth Day events and festivities. Everyone is looking to make a difference – one that will heal our planet."--TVOntario website
So how are we reclaiming this homeschooling day without using the words green, environment, recycle, or eco-anything?
Bible "Sword Drills" using the word "Earth"
Bible memory song: Psalm 100: "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands..."
Favourite hymns: All Creatures of Our God and King, This is My Father's World, any others...and ending with Isaiah 6:3: "....Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory."
A chapter of Eleanor Doorly's The Insect Man (biography of Jean Henri Fabre)
Nature notebook time in the backyard--lots of dandelions to sketch, and our lone tulip that hasn't yet been eaten by The Bunny...
A game of Beaver Ed's Nature Cards, or maybe a round of Animal, Vegetable or Mineral (Twenty Questions)
A lesson for Crayons from Munro Leaf's book Geography Can Be Fun (which is about the earth too)
Watering the cucumber and pepper plants we've started indoors, and remembering to rinse the lentil sprouts in the cupboard
Usborne Map of the World Jigsaw
Making something good to eat...just haven't decided what yet...
Want more? Christian Earth Day Printables (colouring pages and such)
O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!....Psalm 8:1