THE IMPORTANCE OF A SCHOOL GARDEN PROJECT 🌱

School Gardens help to extend the classroom beyond traditional settings by expanding it outside. Gardening can provide students with hands-on learning opportunities while increasing environmental awareness and vital experience in problem-solving.

In a school garden, children are learning to grow more than just plants. According to Musa Sarjo, who manages the program The Classroom Gardener,“the garden is a wonderful place where children learn to come up with solutions to challenges they might not otherwise experience. Nature is nature, things are never going to happen the way you think they will, and this gives students a chance to learn how to problem-solve and self-regulate.” Usually, an outdoor space is for children to run, jump, and play. “Adding time in the garden helps children focus their attention by digging into the raised garden beds; watering plants, and watching bugs. Children are tuning in their attention and calming down” before reentering the traditional classroom.

School gardens are also a great way to get children to learn about nutrition by helping them make the connection between growing food and proper diets.

Schools are also incorporating health and nutrition curriculum alongside their school garden. The school gardens are changing the eating habits of the students! This type of curriculum is extending beyond the garden to the school kitchen and kitchens at home.

There’s this common misconception that gardening is an activity best suited for the elderly.

However, that is not even remotely true. You see, studies have shown that there are many benefits of introducing gardening to kids at age toddlers to preschoolers. Through garden play, children acquire and improve crucial skills, have fun, and develop self-confidence all the while enjoying a nature-friendly childhood.

But, how exactly does gardening help a child’s development?

A garden can be an interactive playground for kids that will engage all of their senses. It’s where they can touch and feel the fruits of their labour, fancy the brightly coloured flowers, grow accustomed to natural scents and the sound of rustling shrubs. Of course, you can do indoor gardening with children as well.

But what are the skills children learn from nature and how does gardening help a child’s development?

Reliability and responsibility when it comes to taking care of a plant day after day;
Self-confidence: nothing is more rewarding than the fruits of our own labour;
Learning cause and effect – do good, not bad;
Curiosity in species, growing tips, Botanics and more;
Physical activity: gardening makes you move a lot;
Exploring texture: Gaining insight on density, weight, malleability, permeability, and more;
Growing the love of nature: putting love in what they grow;
Teamwork: friends or family;
Math: counting days, measuring nutrition, light exposure and more;
Creativity: crafting own landscape designs or painting a pair of wellies.

Engage your students/children in gardening and see the other artistic side of them.

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