The Earth is the Lord’s – Earth Day Activities for Christian Homeschoolers
The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. -Psalm 24:1-2
Have you considered incorporating Earth Day Activities into your coursework this week?
This year, Earth Day is celebrated around the world on Saturday, April 22, 2017. It offers an opportunity to hone in our curriculum calendar to consider world events, stoking our students’ interest in environmental science, while cultivating a biblically-centered worldview on care for God’s creation. Check out the links below and discern if any of the activities might benefit your students if you incorporate these ideas into your curriculum this week.
Online Games and Learning:
Online resources provide fun, game-like learning exercises online. Here’s a few of our favorites:
- National Geographic offers an Earth Day overview (ages 8-11, but can be adapted for older students).
- Learn about the food chain through an interactive ecosystem on Scholastic.com, and get a printable certificate when completed (ages: 10-14)
- Help your students think through the impact of their choices through a footprint calculator (ages 13+).
Fun with Food:
- An Earth Day staple, Mothering with Creativity has a fun Dirt Cup recipe.
- Food blogger Tamilee Tillison offers an easy Earth Day sugar cookies—bonus points to the cookie that looks like one of the continents.
- For the adventurous types, Energy.gov offers instructions on how to build your own solar pizza oven. Take advantage of the Springtime sunshine and build an oven in the backyard (and maybe get your high schooler to finally cook on their own). 🙂
- If your students like to get their hands dirty (and you have the space), The Homeschool Scientist offers easy step-by-step instructions on how to build a square foot garden.
- Check out Tinker Lab’s 50 Earth Day Activities for tactile, active learning fun.
- Allison at No Time for Flash Cards compiled 20 outdoor and indoor crafts and activities for Earth Day learning fun. We suggest the Nature Detectives for your favorite Young Entomologist.
- Finally, learn by serving! Check in with your church and community resource center, or check out Serve.gov’s listings for service projects that will promote learning about the Earth, while cultivating Christlike servant leadership in your students.
Reflect and Pray
After engaging in any of the above Earth Day Activities, consider a time of devotion with your family. Consider reading Genesis 1-3 with your students, and reflect on these questions.
- Lord, when I see your Creation, do I think it is very good?
- Jesus, what does it mean for me and my family to steward your Creation well?
- Lord, what are you speaking to me through the harmony of your Word and your World?
Dear Lord, help me to see the world as you do, and to know that the Earth is yours, Lord. Help me to cultivate in my family a love for your world. Help us be good stewards of that which you’ve given us to care for. Cultivate in us, Jesus, a love for our neighbors, who are connected to us by the land you’ve given us to live on. And develop in us, Oh God, a reverence for the one who has “measured the waters in the hollow of his hand” and “weighed the mountains on a scale” (Is. 40:12). In Jesus’ name, Amen.