Gardening With Children
Science Is Found Everywhere
Your kids are out in the garden busy digging through the mud with plastic shovels. As the minutes pass you notice their clothes becoming increasingly dirty. Mud, pebbles, insects and leaves are flying through the air and you say to yourself, "Is this a great idea? Do I want to spend an hour giving them a bath today?" Quite simply, yes, you most certainly do.
Gardening stimulates your child's scientific attitude. Gardening supports your child's curiosity about the natural world and provides opportunities to build self-confidence through successful nurturing of plants.
As children work with a shovel, watering can, dirt and planting pots they are fostering scientific processing skills. Gardens provide a work space for children to raise questions about the natural world, take hands-on action, and seek answers through observation and exploration.
Scientific concepts become more concrete as gardens act as little laboratories where concepts take shape. Children can explore the cycle of life by playing with plants and insects and develop a fundamental respect for nature.
Gardening with your children also stimulates social skills, fine and gross motor skills, verbal skills and problem-solving skills. So, the next time your children come home covered in mud with a bag full of brown leaves and pill bugs, take a deep breath and say, "Wow, you must have learned a lot today!"
Aqua-Globes: Conserving Water With Children
- Aqua Globes: Conserving Water With Children
Aqua-Globes gave us the opportunity to save our garden, conserve water and appreciate the gifts that surround us.
The Shoreline- A Different Classroom For Your Child
- The Shoreline: A Different Classroom For Your Child
The shoreline in all its muddy glory is the perfect place to learn about the environment and how to protect Earth's natural resources. From salt marshes to crab exoskeletons, your child will find a new discovery with every step. Check out your local
Let There Be Mud
- Education And Nature: Let There Be Mud!
Teachable moments can be found everywhere, even while playing in the mud. By allowing children to explore the natural world you open their minds to a wealth of knowledge that will last a lifetime.