• Earth Day Fun for Secular Homeschoolers

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    Earth Day 2019 is here! What is Earth Day? It is an annual event, held every year on April 22 to celebrate awareness for environmental protection. First started in 1970, it has grown to become a worldwide day to honor Earth. Next year it celebrates 50 years.

    How can you celebrate or incorporate Earth Day into your homeschool? Easiest way, research and learn about Earth Day, how and why it started, what it entails and ways you can help. You can also check for Earth Day activities in your area.

    Earth Day is not to be confused with Arbor Day, which is held on April 26th this year. Though you can combine the 2 and create a whole “save the world” week with planet conservation and tree conservation in one! That’s how we do it. The whole week becomes about ways we can help Earth.

    How can you help Earth?

    • Recycle: If you don’t already, start. Even a small step is a step.
    • Create a Compost Bin: You can compost any vegetative matter and create dirt. Go one farther and create a worm bin. You can watch the worms do all the work.
    • Start a garden. Whether you live in a house or an apartment, you can still garden. Container gardening is all the rage.
    • Watch your electricity usage. Take Earth Hour and turn it into a weekly or monthly thing. Get a wattage detector and check where leakage is happening in your home.
    • Check with your power company for an Energy Evaluation of your home. They come and do a free or low-cost check of your home’s energy usage. They check things like air leaks, door and window seals, power usage, etc.
    • Look for park or beach clean-ups in your area. Great way to help, by keeping these areas clean, we help the animals as well as the environment.
    • Plant a tree. Plain and simple.
    • Reduce your plastic use. Whether plastic store bags or plastic water bottles, buy fabric and metal alternatives.
    • Conserve water. Install rainbarrels. Turn off faucets when not used. Use grey water to water plants.
    • Stop using chemical cleaners. Not only are they not good for us to breathe or absorb while using but washing them down the drain, puts them in our water and they can’t always be 100% removed when the water is cleaned at a plant. Natural cleaners like vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda do wonders.
    • Drive less. Bike more places or use public transportation. If you can’t do those, carpool. Combine trips.


    Earth Day 2019 is a perfect time to make some changes. Have the kids help. Make one in charge of lights/power usage. Make another in charge of water usage. Basically like being a hall monitor! Make it a game, create a chart, give them a star for every reminder they do. Enjoy and save the place we all call home!
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