It’s love a tree day! What can we do for the guardians of our planet?

love a tree day

It’s love a tree day today and we figured it’s the perfect day to mention various tips and benefits of protecting the trees all around us.

There are many things you can do to conserve trees (including planting trees, reducing any excessive use of tree products, and being a voice for trees when they’re unnecessarily cut down), most (if not all) of these activities can be done with your children, thereby teaching them just how important trees are to our survival.

Here are a few ways you can help conserve and protect trees:

1) Recycle

Boring right? And usually used in long speeches about reducing pollution. How does recycling help save trees? Well, it depends on what you recycle. Paper, for instance, when recycled means fewer trees have to be cut down. Paper is a direct product of trees and therefore the fewer sheets of paper we use, the fewer the number of trees that need to be cut down.

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Never underestimate the importance of Mother’s Day

Mother's day

Mother’s day is completely different from each family member’s perspective. From a child’s perspective it’s a day to show appreciation for their mother, from a father’s perspective it’s a day to recognize how your partner has been central to raising your children as well as you did, from a mother’s perspective it’s a day when they’re finally given the praise they deserve on a daily basis.

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It’s thank a teacher day!

Thank a teacher

Teaching. The noblest of professions.

That’s it. Poof. Any conversation I’ve ever had about teaching started and ended with that statement.

It’s a profession we take for granted. Every one of us understands how important the job is (hence the use of that noblest of professions statement), but we couldn’t be bothered to actually think about it, it’s always a fleeting thought.

Teaching as a profession doesn’t garner a lot of attention. Teaching isn’t a particularly exciting occupation, it’s no stuntman or celebrity chef. It’s a quiet job, that’s gladly fulfilled by people that are rarely ever appreciated.

But today, let’s take a moment to really think about what teachers do for us. Let’s not beat around the bush here, except for a really tiny percentage of the population, all the rest of us have only achieved whatever we have because of a really great teacher (or a few) that came into our lives when we really needed them. An image of this teacher just flashed through your mind didn’t it?

We’ve all had these mystical teachers that just showed up when we really needed them and got us to understand what we were struggling with. They’ve literally taught us everything: from the alphabet to integration of areas to the calculation of the densities of various objects. If you really think about it you realize that you can only speak, read, and write because of your teachers, that’s how fundamental a teacher is to our achievements.

We’ve got to remember that teachers don’t really work for the money (we all know teaching isn’t a very well-paying profession). This means that all those teachers we’ve learned from did it because they really wanted to pass on their knowledge to children.

Do you remember how annoying we used to be to our teachers? And they came back day after day to try and fill our little noggins with as much knowledge as they could. It truly is a noble profession.

If you’re still in touch with your teachers or can get in touch with them, give them a call or send them a text letting them know just how much you appreciate all they’ve done for you. It’ll make their day, I assure you. If you can, send them a nice little gift basket too.

Today’s also a special day at Kidvento because more than half the people working here are teachers. We’re going to follow our own advice and go thank all our in-house teachers for all the great work they do.

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Children choosing their own careers isn’t the worst idea (it might even be the best)

Various careers that children could pursue

Most people are currently working jobs that they are neither interested in nor care about. The factors that got them to the position they’re in vary from uncontrollable circumstances that landed them there to fear of being unemployed to being forced into a profession they hate but their parents believed would make them rich.

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Screen time, Children and Consequences

Screen time for kids

Screen time is a term most parents are familiar with. It’s a term that parents have been bombarded with since 2010. Are you letting your child have too much screen time? Are you providing enough access to digital media to your child? Does the size of the screen have an effect on development? What about the quality of media? These are some of the titles of screen time articles targeted at parents.

Based on various studies and advice by medical associations such as the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP), we can safely say that screen time does, in fact, affect the development of children.

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There’s no minimum age to be an inventor

Young inventors

When you think of inventors you’re usually thinking about scientists in spotless labs or engineers building machines in huge R&D centres but that’s not the only way to be an inventor. In fact, you don’t even have to be an adult or have a degree, you could just be someone that pursues an idea and sticks with it until it becomes successful. This article is a list of young inventors some new, some old but all very young when they became inventors.

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The significance of Earth Hour.

Light bulb of the Earth

Earth hour is an annual event held every year at the end of March. It’s held at this time every year because the northern and southern hemispheres experience almost identical sunset times. Earth hour is run by the World Wide Fund for Nature-WWF (not the professional wrestling company) and is a symbolic gesture about energy conservation than an actual energy conservation step. However, it can be noted that switching off lights, gadgets, and appliances for an hour can save quite a lot of power and reduce the carbon dioxide produced.

But Earth hour is a voluntary campaign and no one has to switch off their electronics for it. Therefore, the energy saved during earth hour over the last ten years has not been a very large amount. This doesn’t mean Earth Hour was unsuccessful because the goal was never to save vast amounts of energy by turning off the lights for an hour. Earth hour is meant to spread awareness of our energy use and it does so successfully with almost every nation participating in it every year. It is a testament to how global cooperation can bring about incredible changes and improve the state of the environment.

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Out with the old classrooms, it’s time for an upgrade.

Innovative classroomsAs time passes, the regular methods of teaching used in schools, mainly verbal and written, grow outdated. Whether the teaching methodology employed in most schools today is outdated or not isn’t a topic that’s up for debate because as we look back through the generations, very little has changed in classrooms. The way our children are taught is the same way we were taught, which is the same way our parents were taught, and so on.

Practically every sector updates itself at least once every decade to use the new technology and methodologies available so that they’re not wiped out. Not the education sector though, it just sticks to its roots and rarely ever changes a thing.

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Choosing between artistic kits and science kits for kids

Science kits and arts kits

Full disclosure, we create science kits. But this isn’t a puff piece that places the advantages of science kits over art kits. That wouldn’t even be possible since they’re so different that they promote different areas of development.

So what must you know first?

Science kits and artistic kits while extremely different in their goals are often grouped together. This is common because many parents are simply looking for productive ways to keep their kids engaged and aren’t especially concerned about the skills obtained through these activities.

It’s understandable as children generally change their interests every few weeks or months, sometimes even days, and their preferences in terms of art or science or any other field might change as well.

However, exposing the minds of children to these worlds even if they’re very young can have a meaningful impact on their lives.

If they are artistic souls, they’ll favour the artistic kits and their exposure to these kits at a young age can only help their artistic development. If they’re kids that love technology and logical thinking, they’ll favour the science kits over the artistic ones.

Parents may know their child better than anyone else but could mistakenly believe their child is artistic while they’re technophiles or vice-versa. The easiest option would be to let them choose which kit they’d prefer and get them that one.

Early exposure to fields that they possess a natural talent for, will only help them form a deeper bond with the field and an earlier realization of what they enjoy and are good at.

Obviously, arts and science are not the only two paths a child can take or might be gifted in, but the entire span of career choices and natural talent falls out of the scope of this post.

I’ll be sticking with the artistic and the scientific here, but if your kid expresses no interest in either then try other fields they might be interested in, sports perhaps or music or even math.

Benefits of artistic kits:

Artistic kits (craft kits, activity kits, painting or drawing kits) all promote some form of artistic expression. And children with a penchant for the arts will take to it gladly.

Exposure to these kits might make your child realize that they love artistic endeavours and want to build a life around it. They might, one day, become painters, artists, planners, architects, designers or one of the other million artistic professionals.

The early head-start might also make them better than their contemporaries, although natural talent and effort invested are probably better determiners of this outcome.

Benefits of science kits:

Science kits, similarly, promote some discipline of science: Mechanics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Electronics, Programming, etc. Children that enjoy tinkering with electronics or are curious about mechanical structures or enjoy chemical reactions will enjoy science kits. Various science kits exist that cater to each discipline of science: chemistry kits, building kits, electronic kits, robotic kits, etc.

Being introduced to science early may allow them to quickly identify a field they’re passionate about and dive into it. Your kids might become another innovator that the world will praise or an inventor that brings about a technological revolution.

We’ve got a line of science kits too, check out our Science Boxes ™.

I’d conclude with, don’t knock off one type of kit because of your preference for the other. Listen to the interests of your child and get them the kit they’d like to try.

As I’ve mentioned there are various subcategories of artistic kits and various subcategories of science kits. Pay close attention to their interests and let them try their hand at whichever field they’re interested in.

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