The Second week of May the preschoolers and school-agers will be starting their Garden Unit. A gardening journal will be provided for each child. The children will be able to write down words and draw pictures as they watch their gardens grow.
We will be planting in our garden box and in individual containers this year. Planting a garden provides multiple learning opportunities for the children. Gardening can easily be connected to various subjects including math, science, literacy, and nutrition.
The children will be given the opportunity to experience planting seeds, caring for plants, and harvesting and tasting the results. Gardening will also teach the children respect for the earth, responsibility, nurturing skills, knowledge of where their food comes from, healthy eating, pride in their accomplishments, plant parts, what plants need to live, the differences between a plant and a weed, and how to save water by collecting rain water for our plants.
Involving children in gardening is a great way to increase fruit and vegetable consumption and a way to increase physical activity.
We are excited about all the great learning opportunities the garden will provide this summer.