After a long cold winter nothing celebrates spring like starting a garden. Gardening is a rewarding activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Introducing young children to the art of gardening can provide a life long hobby. In the classroom, we enjoy the many benefits having a small school yard garden. Checking on the progress of our garden gives little hearts a reason to be excited to get to school. The garden is a natural extension of learning that takes place inside the classroom. Our class enjoys planting and caring for herbs they are easy to grow and very forgiving. Children are attracted to the pleasant smell herbs provide when brushed against and love to taste something they have just picked. We are also able to use herbs inside the classroom for activities like flower arranging and cutting practice. Children enjoy using herbs from our garden to create art. Herbs have interesting textures and leaves which makes beautiful nature prints. Our class also enjoys planting plants that will attract butterflies.
Here is just a short list of concepts and skills our garden helps young children experience:
Use of science inquiry skill
Life cycles of insects
How to measure and use tools
Basic understanding of where our food comes from
Basic knowledge of living things
How to solve problems
Creates opportunities to show curiosity and motivation
Use Classification skills
Work together as a member of a team
Creates an opportunities to be a problem solver
*This post was written by guest blogger and preschool teacher, Tracey Hampton, at The Bridge Learning Center in Carrollton, Georgia.