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Gardening With Children

Updated on March 25, 2013
Education and nature, a different classroom for learning.
Education and nature, a different classroom for learning.

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!"

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      TeachableMoments 4 years ago from California

      Wow, it sounds like your kids have a great teacher. Intentional teaching really is achieved when we use the world around us, not just textbooks and charts. Children retain information when they become active participants. Great job Mom!

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      Learn Things Web 4 years ago from California

      I've taught my kids so much while gardening. Obviously how seeds grow. But also photosynthesis, how desert plants store water, the importance of having nutrients in the soil, how nutrients move from plants to animals, and how people breed certain characteristics in plants. It's a great time to talk and they ask a lot of questions.

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      TeachableMoments 4 years ago from California

      Thanks Redberry! I hope the kids enjoy gardening. Children learn so much by exploring the basics of life. Please let me know how it goes.

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      Redberry Sky 4 years ago

      Great idea, Teachable - I don't have kids but I help out at Girl Guides sometimes, and this sounds like an excellent idea to look into and make into a project to try out with them. Thanks for sharing the idea :)

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      Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      I was a science teacher and watching things grow etc. is a great way to teach it. Welcome to Hubs! I enjoyed this very much. You have this laid out beautifully and it is easy to understand. Keep up the great HUBS. I gotta give this an Up ONE AND BEAUTIFUL. I'm now your fan!