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Monday, 22 April 2013 00:00

Earth Day Celebrated by Da Ai Educare's Children

Written by  By Kho Pei Ching, Kuala Lumpur / Translated by Hew Kwee Heong

On Earth Day, children of KL Da Ai Educare Centre went to a park to appreciate nature.【Photograph by Lim Shy Tean】

On the morning of April 22, Earth Day, teachers of KL Da Ai Educare Centre took their students to Titiwangsa Lake Garden for an outing and to appreciate nature. That afternoon at their Centre, they learnt about vegetarianism and how to conserve and extend the lifespan of resources.


Despite their young age, the children knew how to appreciate nature's beauty. Little items, like stone, seed, flower and twig, are so beautiful in the eyes of the little boys and girls!

On the morning of April 22, 2013, Earth Day, children of Kuala Lumpur Da Ai Educare Centre had a nature appreciation lesson at Titiwangsa Lake Garden. They were accompanied by their teachers and volunteers. That afternoon at their centre, the children were served rice with salt, experienced taking an afternoon nap in classrooms without air-conditioning, and made toys from recyclables.

Boundless vitality

Upon arriving at the park, the excited children quickly marched across the grass and headed towards the woods.

"Teacher, what is the name of this flower?" When the little girls saw their teacher picking up a plumeria flower and placing it on her hair, they happily imitated.

"Teacher, look! A coconut tree!" The child had actually mistaken a tall tree for a coconut tree! This shows our children have very little knowledge about nature.

The children were led to do an aerobic exercise before they explored the park further. While they were happily exercising their hands and legs, the mosquitoes started to attack them! Alas, the children had their first lesson on how to live in peace with nature!

"1, 2, 3 Go..." The teacher instructed. Suddenly, the field was filled with happy children running about looking for things that caught their attention.

Pointing at a big tree, a child said, "I am sure no one can find me if I hide behind this tree..."

Another child said, "So many twigs on the floor, so this is how a park looks like."

Picking up a snake-shaped leaf, a little boy asked his teacher, "Teacher, what is this?"; while nearby, a little girl cried out, "Teacher, I am scared..."

This shows different people have different opinions and feelings towards an object.

Embracing nature

The children had a lot of fun playing in the park. Some took off their shoes and laid on the grass to look up at the sky to feel the embrace of Mother Earth.

"The sunlight is glaring!"
"Cover your eyes with your hand then."
"My shirt will be soiled."
"Don't worry! Take a bath and change into clean clothes, and you will be clean again."

Before departing, the children sat under a big tree and shared the things that impressed them, with comments like, there are so many trees in the park, the sky is so beautiful and so on. One child also found a stone made mushroom.

They are part of nature

Six-year old Zeng Hao Xuan produced two seeds from his pocket and said, "I picked up two seeds, one big and one small. I am going to make a snowman by gluing them together, and will draw the eyes and nose on it."

His teacher advised him to return the seeds to the park, as they are part of nature. If everyone takes something home from the park after each visit, the park will not be beautiful anymore. However, Hao Xuan argued: "Teacher, the big tree gave me the seeds, can I take them home?" Although reluctant to let go of the seeds, Hao Xuan eventually kept one and returned the other to nature.

The children ended their tour of the park by singing the "Prayer" song for the earthquake victims in Suchuan. (A strong earthquake struck Yaan, Sichuan on April 20.)

Treasure your fortune and do more good deeds

Back at their centre that afternoon, the children were served rice with only salt!

Teacher Yang Hui Ling said, "Mother Earth is having a fever. Vegetables refuse to grow in hot weather, so we have no vegetables today."

Teacher Huang Wen Si added, "We still have rice, what should we do?"

The children replied, "Be grateful." Seeing that the children have learnt the lesson and promised to treasure their food, the usual meal was served.

When it came time for the children to take a nap, they were placed in a room with only the fans switched on. This is to teach the children the need to conserve Earth's resources.

The teacher explained, "This way, we save some energy and help lower the air temperature."

Lastly, the children learnt to make toys from recyclables; and they were also informed that eating vegetables will help save our ailing Earth.

 

The little children have many questions for their teachers.【Photograph by Lim Choon Huat】 A plumeria flower for everyone.【Photograph by Lim Shy Tean】

The little children have many questions for their teachers.【Photograph by Lim Choon Huat】

A plumeria flower for everyone.【Photograph by Lim Shy Tean】
'1, 2, 3 Go...' Everyone experienced the joy of running freely on the field.【Photograph by Lim Choon Huat】 The children walking on the stones.【Photograph by Lim Shy Tean】

'1, 2, 3 Go...' Everyone experienced the joy of running freely on the field.【Photograph by Lim Choon Huat】

The children walking on the stones.【Photograph by Lim Shy Tean】
These children found an ant nest.【Photograph by Lim Choon Huat】 This little girl playing hide-and-seek with her friends.【Photograph by Lim Choon Huat】

These children found an ant nest.【Photograph by Lim Choon Huat】

This little girl playing hide-and-seek with her friends.【Photograph by Lim Choon Huat】
The children singing a prayer for the earthquake victims in Sichuan, China.【Photograph by Lim Choon Huat】 The children tried eating rice with salt.【Photograph by Lim Shy Tean】

The children singing a prayer for the earthquake victims in Sichuan, China.【Photograph by Lim Choon Huat】

The children tried eating rice with salt.【Photograph by Lim Shy Tean】
The tops are made from recyclables.【Photograph by Lim Shy Tean】

The tops are made from recyclables.【Photograph by Lim Shy Tean】

 

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