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Children today are more involved in issues to do with our environment and we as parents should encourage that. After all, this is the world they are going to inherit from us. The World Wildlife Fund recently published a report saying that "humanity has wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970". We know that nature is very complex, and that every part of it is interlinked. If one part of nature fails, it has consquences for other parts of nature. The more diversity there is in nature, the more successful it becomes and that benefits everyone. We should value even the smallest and most insignificant seeming species of plant, animal, bird or insect.
Find out more about why biodiversity is so important with this video on TedEd by Kim Preshoff.
Here's a list of things you can do to encourage biodiversity where you are.
Children gain confidence in speaking through demonstrating their knowledge to others. Chatting and listening to your child will help build their communication skills. Talking about words and their meaning in everyday life will also help build your child’s vocabulary – and your own!
Funny stories are interesting and a good excuse to get your child talking. At mealtimes, each family member could tell something interesting or something funny that happened during the day. Watching TV together can also provide a good opportunity for chat and to discuss what you are watching. Check if your child understands different things they hear and encourage your child to teach you new words and things they have learnt.
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