I would love to say that I've been teaching my four year old son a little bit of what I've been blogging about... but I haven't. The good news is he's learning about it at pre-school!
Two days ago he finished his yogurt cup and proudly said "Finished. This is plastic. We recycle plastic." Well, you can just imagine how surprised and elated I was. I've seen all the display boards at school with images of recycling bins and recyclable containers, but I guess I didn't realize how much the kids were actually learning about it all. More importantly, I didn't realize that now is a prime time to teach my son all the concepts we are struggling with now as adults.
Think how easy it will be for him to recycle years from now, when it's already been engrained in him as a routine thing to do! It will be effortless and second nature because that's what he's been doing all his life.
So now I'll let him take stuff to the recycle bin in the garage the same way he throws away his trash. Then we'll move on to reducing waste. We'll slowly tackle little things like using five sheets of paper for coloring and then throwing them away knowing we could use them again... since it wasn't a work of art!