ESD practices focused particularly on children’s understanding of social and cultural sustainability

This Blog page has been set up to provide a platform for practitioners to share their practical examples of education for sustainable development in the early years. As children get older and begin to develop their understanding of sustainable development it will become increasingly important that we develop curriculum projects that include each of the three pillars: the economic, environmental and the social and cultural. But at this early stage of curriculum development there is currently a particular  need to develop practice in the context of children’s emergent understandings of the economy and thrift, and in terms of international and intercultural understanding. Projects with a particual environmental focus should therefore be posted here. For projects with more of an economic or social/cultural flavour, please post them on the following pages:

ESD practices focused particularly on children’s understanding of economic sustainability

ESD practices focused particularly on children’s understanding of environmental sustainability

2 thoughts on “ESD practices focused particularly on children’s understanding of social and cultural sustainability”

  1. Recommended Story Books for the Early Years

    (Please add your own suggestions – as additional comments below)

    Baker, J. (1989) Where the forest meets the sea, Walker Books
    When a young boy visits a tropical rain forest, he pretends it is a long time ago and that extinct and rare animals live in the forest, and aboriginal children play there. But how much longer will the rainforest remain, he wonders? With full colour illustrations. In LARGE FORMAT.

    Benjamin, F. (1996) Skip across the ocean, Frances Lincoln Publisher
    Each country has its own wealth of traditional songs, lullabies and nursery rhymes to entertain children. This worldwide anthology of classic and less-familiar rhymes – many in the original language – should be enjoyable to parents and children alike.

    Child, L. (2008) Look After Your Planet (Charlie & Lola), Puffin Books
    Charlie has this little sister Lola. At the moment Lola is throwing everything away. “Why don’t you recycle it?” says Charlie. And Lola says, “Recycle it? What is that?” Find out how you can look after your planet and do recycling too. Then fill in your very own tree counter poster – just like Lola!

    Dyer, W. and Tracy, K. (2007) It’s Not What You’ve Got, Hay House
    “The concepts presented in this beautifully illustrated book include: Money does not define who you are; it doesn’t matter what others have, and abundance comes in many forms. Unlike most books on this subject, ‘ You’re Not What You’ve Got’ is not a how-to manual on spending and saving for kids, but rather a positive, spiritual approach to the meaning of money.”
    This is not a story book and the ‘concepts’ referred to may be considered a bit too much like ‘lessons’ to suit many UK Early Years readers: But the values and content are appropriate, and it is written in rhymes, so I think it does have some potential to be used with young children.

    James, S. (2005) Dear Greenpeace, Walker Books Ltd; New Edition
    Worried that the whale living in her pond is unhappy, Emily embarks on a correspondence with Greenpeace which, despite offering the best of advice, insists that it would be impossible for a whale to live in a pond. Undeterred, young Emily continues to seek the best course of action for her beloved whale, finally setting him free.

    Rosen, M. (ed) (1985), South and north, east and west, Walker Books
    An international anthology of stories from countries including Botswana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Vietnam, India and Brazil – have been illustrated by contemporary artists, capturing the distinctive flavour of each tale.


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