From spring to late fall, we homeschool in the garden. And it may be the only homeschooling that is accomplished at that time.
Remember the saying, “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”? As we grow older, we learn just how true that saying really is. While we aren’t talking about fishing, the same principle applies to gardening.
There are so many valuable lessons to be taught and learned while you homeschool in the garden.
As children tend to their plants and the garden, they’ll learn that they have to be responsible and physically take care of the plants so they can grow and be fruitful. They’ll learn that plants need to be watered on a regular basis and that the right amount of sunlight is needed to help the growing process.
There’s a lot of time and hard work involved with gardening and as kids watch their plants grow over time, they’ll be able to see all of their hard work turn into something nutritious and delicious. This will boost their self-confidence and encourage them to keep learning.
Not only is the time involved, but chemicals and other tools are also used which can help teach them about safety when it comes to those things. They’ll learn the safety of being able to use the tools correctly and how to safely handle the chemicals.
As children are growing their fruits and vegetables, they’re learning some basic biology and other scientific techniques. They’re learning how you need sun and water to help the plants grow as well as the concept of photosynthesis.
One of the biggest benefits for children, which is important, is that they are spending more time outside rather than inside. As they are outside in the garden, they’ll come across different insects and other critters that may be attracted to the garden or help pollinate the plants which will encourage them to study and learn about the insects.
This is probably an obvious one, but it really does teach kids about eating healthy.
If you have kids that are interested in cooking, you can use those fruits and vegetables that they’ve learned how to grow to create some delicious meals with them. As they work on the recipes, they may also be building their math skills as they measure and estimate so it can easily become a learning activity in addition to learning how to cook healthy meals.
As you and the children spend time gardening, you’re strengthening your quality time and bonding more with them. If gardening is new to both of you, there may be a lot of learning and experimenting together which can be memorable for both of you.
If your child may not be keen on learning how to garden, there are a few things you can do to make it more fun and interesting for them. Here are a few easy tips to get them ready:
It doesn’t matter if you have a large space for a garden or a small space to work with. No matter the size of the space, there is still a way you can help your child start a garden of their own. For smaller spaces, larger pots can be used, and small pots can usually be brought inside and placed in the window for herbs.
There can be so many valuable lessons that children learn through gardening. These lessons they learn will carry them throughout the rest of their life and will help them provide more for themselves as they become adults.
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Top 9 Tips to Get Your Kids Gardening
10 Ways to Learn Through Gardening
Teach Kids About Nature Through Gardening
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