Gardening offers so many fun and interesting learning opportunities for children. Great lessons we have learned these months include: responsibility, patience, planning and ownership. In addition, understanding and refreshing previous knowledge from classwork about plants, including the needs of the plants, parts of a root, parts of the plant, the types of leaves and the different types of plants. Moreover, children gain self-confidence from achieving their goals, see their plants growing and lastly, children were very excited about collecting the food they had grown.
Gardening helped children connect with nature in a very significant way. Furthermore, it enhances the activation of the senses and motor skills, spreading awareness of the importance of environmental protection, and nurturing healthy eating habits.
This process started in the classroom where children learned about seeds, and eventually they planted beans, spinach and lettuce to eventually replant in the allotment. They took care of the plants, and it was constant work, then, children collected the food and got the soil ready for spring-summer plants. Then it started all over again!
It has been an amazing journey, full of great moments to remember!