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Respecting Nature

In one of our most recent storybooks, ‘Rainbow’s Day Out’, we look to focus on how young children can respect their surroundings, particularly the natural world.

During the story, Rainbow goes to the countryside with their grandparents. As they go through the park, they discover all kinds of insects and plants. Rainbow goes to pick a flower, at which point their grandad explains the importance of leaving nature as we find it. He goes on to explain the importance of respecting wildlife. Emphasising that entities like plants and insects are not as insignificant as they may appear on the surface is a crucial, perhaps underappreciated part of positive child development.

It’s a simple lesson, but an important one, especially as the threat of climate change becomes ever more real. Inspiring a future generation to be respectful of nature’s beauty is more crucial than we may realise. We at 1decision realise that the lessons that young children receive now will shape them considerably in future. This is why we simplify concepts that appear complex initially. We want to show that they are not as daunting as they may appear.

This philosophy doesn’t just cover the concept of respect for the environment, but also respect toward others as well. Take for example ‘Why Does Purple Play Differently?’, which looks to help end the stigma around autism. We also have ‘Yellow Wants to Play With Orange’, which deals with taboos around racism, showing children that they are all human regardless of race or ethnicity. We realise that negative behaviours are learned, so teaching positive behaviours at an early stage of development can only be hugely beneficial in the long term.

As well as teaching children a valuable lesson on the environment, we also do so through our non-binary character, Rainbow. We believe it’s important for children to recognise those that identify in other ways on the LGBTQ+ spectrum. We are all human after all, and we all want to be accepted and loved. It’s a simple message that should definitely be encouraged.

Overall, the 1decision philosophy hinges on the idea of prevention rather than a cure, meaning that a lot of issues potentially arising in later life can be prevented at source rather than dealt with at a later point in time. We have the potential to build an incredible generation, and we mustn't squander that.

Feel free to check out the rest of our website, where you can also find and follow our social media accounts (see the top right hand corner) to see just how we’re making a difference to countless lives. Maybe see about a free trial for your school to see if we’re the right fit for this academic year. We’re very excited about potentially reaching more schools and continuing to make that difference.

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