Zero Waste Stations
The Zero Waste website, is an effort to address the learning problem of understanding SFU Sustainability waste management and 4-stream Zero Waste stations for 3 – 5 years old children who are in the SFUChildcare Society preschool program. It is more than important for them to learn about composing and recycling. In fact, I’d say it is imperative! Today’s children are not really informed in the classroom about significant topics such as recycling. The Zero Waste website as an informal learning tool to capabilities to support preschool kids learning (Hannafin et al, 1997). The impact could be great if children are taught at an early age about recycling and composing that could impact their well-being on the planet, so that they can grow up with an awareness about waste and the ingrained good habits.
The Zero Waste site will provide a unique learning environment for young children to visualize and illustrate knowledge and concepts. The website is primarily intended for the 3 – 5 years old children who are participating in preschool program at SFU Childcare Society. The SFUChildcare Society, as a part of SFU community, is a place where children are encouraged to learn through play, in a caring environment that fosters a sense of community.The site can support young children in early learning by showing them what is happening around their environment. Thus, the website brings preschool program children a broad variety of real life experiences in their early stage learning that will inspire curiosity, exploration and cooperation along with themselves and their parents and educators.
The primary learning goal of the Zero Waste website is to engage young children (3- 5 years old) in early environmental learning and to improve the way we look after our environment through Zero Waste management. Particularly, by listening, watching, and virtual practicing through Zero Waste site, young children should be able to learn about the concept of Zero Waste and understand how to recycle and compost garbage and utilize the four new waste stream Zero Waste stations with high efficiency. In order to learn more about our surrounding environment through the Zero Waste website, children have ability to identify solutions to conflicts happening in our environment; in order to care for planet earth from their early age (Ministry of Education, 2007). Moreover, I hope the site can also be a great tool for adults (educators and parents) to prepare educational materials to support their children’s learning and, in turn, to develop their behaviours, thinking, and formation of habits (Murray, 2008).