Composting with Young Children

Anyone that knows me, would tell you that I am not a gardening/earth kind of person.  However, as an early childhood educator, I recognize the value.  Composting teaches children to take care of the environment, and gain an understanding of the benefits of environmental sustainability.

At  meal time, children actively participate in recycling by separating their waste into food scraps for the general compost bin.  Joanne Stewart, our Outdoor Environmental Specialist, is pictured below introducing a child to our new system.

If you would like to learn more; The Outdoor Learning Environment (OLE) has a great publication, Composting in Childcare Center that is a how-to guide for starting a garden-related standard compost bin in a childcare center or home.

Compost Stew by Mary McKenna Siddals is a great book to introduce composting to young children.  You can purchase it on Amazon .

There are lots of ways to bring it into your classroom.  Check out this for only $20.00 at Khols!

It’s easier than you think!  Encourage your child to be involved in composting whether it’s at school or home.

Norma Honeycutt, Executive Director