There is nothing better than doing an activity together with your children and seeing them learn about the world around them as they enjoy spending time with you. Gardening is one such activity that provides hours of time spent together as well as ample opportunities to learn.
Learning in the garden isn’t just about the actual process of gardening, but about life cycles, water conservation, tending to chores, following directions, and so much more. Gardening is such a well-rounded teaching tool not only for science, but also in life lessons. You will be surprised at just how much your child can learn in the garden!
Children who garden are often much more ready and willing to learn.
Gardening gives them greater control over their own education and makes them more active seekers of knowledge. It also helps teach them problem solving skills.
Gardening can help children take the academic and turn it into real world experiences. It makes children much more inquisitive, and with this great eagerness to learn it makes it much easier to teach the basics within education.
Because of the ever-changing circumstances of gardening (such as weather changes and plant disease), it teaches children to think on their feet, making them more flexible and easier to learn problem solving skills.
Gardening makes children stronger.
Resiliency is important for children to have. Gardening can boost a child’s self-esteem, teach children the ability to cope with life’s ups and downs, and improve concentration.
Through many gardening setbacks (crop damage due to insects, failed crops, or weather), children become more resilient. They are forced to deal with these problems and move forward to achieve their ultimate goals.
Children can more easily concentrate when working with a garden, making it easier to teach them many different lessons. Learning the life cycle of plants, water conservation, and even the effects of the sun on plant life are easily taught to children through the garden and during gardening.
Gardening teaches kids responsibility.
A lot of work goes into gardening. Watering and weeding are both important parts of keeping a garden alive and will help children see the importance of doing these chores if they want a healthy growing garden.
Beyond that, responsible eating choices can be made through gardening. Children are more willing to try vegetables that they have grown with their own two hands, helping them to discover a love for many foods they might never have tried before.
Since gardening often requires tools and chemicals we might not normally want our children to have access to, we can take this time to teach them how to be careful with these items. We are able to teach our children how certain chemicals help the plants while the same chemicals can be harmful to us, and the importance of washing our hands thoroughly after working in the garden. Gardening is also a great way to teach children that sharp gardening tools are not toys and how to responsibly use them.
Once crops are grown children can learn about the business of selling crops at a roadside stand or local farmers’ market. Teach them the responsibility of budgeting money and negotiating prices, helping them to begin to understand commerce in a real world setting. These are early job skills learned right there in your own back yard.
Gardening teaches kids about more than just science.
Learning about the science behind a garden is only a very small part of what gardening can teach children. Life skills and a willingness to learn are things gardening can open up to a child’s life. Take advantage of these teaching opportunities and grow a garden with your children this summer!