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Routine: Practice : Habit: Growth Patterns = Culture…Growing The Green Lane Diary

One thing that I really love about kids is how they go about building friendships. There is an honesty about the whole ritual of circling someone new, finding a little thread that is common ground( ie a bat or ball, or game) and then allowing things to grow from there.  And it is this simplicity that attracted me to the Green Lane Diary and its approach to building environmental awareness in students.

How do you get kids or even adults for that matter to love something that they dont even know….the key is developing  habits. And a diary is the most typical form of habit that we all know…like the calendar, like the sunrise, it is going to happen and come around again tomorrow. So why not tap into this routine and build relations around routine. Kids respond to routine, it gives them a place in the ocean of life, a bearing to align themselves with. But with routine comes practice and out of practice comes habit and this starts a pattern of growth, like the rings on a tree there for all to see.. And at the end of the day, culture is really just habit…otherwise quite simply known as the way we do things around here.

So when I saw the Green Lane Diary Project it struck me from the outset that this is the best way for kids to get to know the world around them by creating a routine and building the growth rings of the friendship with the metronome of time beating away in the form of a diary. Students latch on to the familiarity, the predictability, the comfort of knowing that they are making friends and seeing these new friends( the tasks, the development, the learning) each day/week. Recording, taking notes, making observations are all tasks but they are more than that, they become like stay overs, or after school play dates, or training, …a routine builder that is just their day to day.

The link here  is to the Green Lane Diary  project and their current call out for support with their campaign. And the Green Lane Diary is one of many initiatives of the Green Cross  who you can learn more about here : Green Cross.

Growth patterns start from the seed and the seedling.

 

 

  • great article and seems a really great project, found the kickstarter campaign too.. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/greenlanediary/green-lane-diary-magazine

    • Done and pledged a donation and shared on my page 🙂 I was just talking to a teacher today about how important it is to teach kids about the environment, growing their own vegetables etc, she says she tries to do her bit but is limited in time as she has to follow a set curriculum sad really isn’t it that these topics aren’t important in the eyes of those that put together such curriculums?!?

    • Luckily, the Green Lane Diary is aligned to the national curriculum, so teachers can incorporate! this can be tricky school to school depending on priorities. its a great program as it can compliment and teachers can use however they can.

  • ConnectToYourGarden

    Hi Costa,

    Love this post and I too believe that growth patterns start from the seed and the seedling!

    Continuing on with the theme of this blog post, I believe that we ALL need to get some green into our routine! I think that we should all try to have at least 2 hours of ‘green time’ a week, to tend to veggie patches or community gardens and then maybe this seed that can be planted in the minds of adults, will provide their children with more engrained green initiatives.

    I’m running a campaign on how to ‘Connect To Your Community Garden’.

    Here are the links:

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/connecttoyourcommunitygarden

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Connect2Garden

    WordPress: http://connecttoyourcommunitygarden.wordpress.com/

    Love for you or anyone interested in community gardens, to follow my campaign and get involved with educating people in the Eastern Suburbs about their community gardens.

    Lena 🙂

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