Monday, April 6, 2009

Humane Parenting Curriculum

I am reading a book right now on Ideology Diffusion Theory called Communicating Nature: How We Create and Understand Environmental Messages by Julia B. Corbett. The book includes a short quiz on page 20 to help readers determine their degree of environmental literacy. I've seen several different versions of this type of quiz, but this time I read it and it struck me - what an interesting way to set a "curriculum" for humane parenting, trying to answer all these questions with your child!

1. Trace the water you drink from its source to your faucet.

2. What stage is the moon in right now?

3. What was the total precipitation in your area last year?

4. Name two native, edible plants in your region. Name two native grasses in this area.

5. From what direction do winter storms generally come in your region?

6. Where does your garbage go?

7. How long is the growing season where you live?

8. When do the deer (or other ungulates) rut here, and when are their young born?

9. Name five resident birds in this area. Name five birds that migrate from this area.

10. What primary ecological event or process influenced the landform here? What's the evidence?

11. From where you are sitting right now, which direction is north?

12. What spring wildflowers (not human planted) are consistently among the first to bloom here?

How did you do?

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