Creative Composters


One of my favourite Garbology lessons is this one. It asks you to take the children outdoors, to explore under rocks, rotting logs, piles of decomposing leaves. The objective? Learn how nature naturally recycles and see why it’s so crucial for us humans to work with and not against nature by recycling too. It’s a wonderful exercise leading to children intuitively seeing how nature works. Last year because there was very little monsoon rains I had to hunt for an area of campus where we might find life–mushrooms, insects, etc.–emerging out of dying parts of nature. This year it was right outside our classroom door. And best of all? Because of the rains we could smell the beauty of rain in soil: petrichor!


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