I'm in a bit of a pickle. I have no idea how to address the idea of Earth Day with my four year old. I'd prefer to not have to mention it at all until she is older and can grasp some of the bigger concepts around it, but Earth Day is everywhere.
It's hyped on PBSKids, with some of her favorite shows like Curious George and SuperWhy. It's on billboards, radio, and signs at the grocery store. And I'm afraid that they will talk about it tomorrow at her morning preschool class. They have already talked about Reduce/Reuse/Recycle, so I'd be surprised if it doesn't come up.
If I thought it would help, I'd have her stay home tomorrow just to avoid it, but as I said, Earth Day is everywhere and we're going to have to address it somehow. I just have no idea how.
I'm trying to think of some way I can spin it positively, but I'm at a loss. Should I not address Earth Day directly and instead concentrate on promoting positive values and activities like productive work, science and ingenuity? This may not be too bad of an option, because my guess is that any indoctrination they might try in preschool will be limited to "keeping trash out of our parks" or something similar that a four year old can grasp, which isn't too insidious. If that's the case, my only concern is the positive association that will be implanted between Earth Day and being good.
Does anyone have any ideas about this? Things that worked for your young person or things you tried that didn't have the effect you intended?