Back to school is on everyone’s mind in August and September. As the school year commences, teachers and parents often have one big concern in common. How much education has been lost and forgotten during the two and a half months of summer vacation and how much time will be spent reviewing?
Gardening is a great way to keep many school subjects fresh in your child’s mind. The hands on experience will help children retain knowledge. They won’t even realize they are learning, because gardening is fun!
Here are just some of the learning opportunities…
Biology: Talk to your children about animals, insects, the food chain, photosynthesis and life cycles.
Earth Science: You can learn about geology, environmental science, environmental responsibility, climate, weather and the hydrological cycle.
Math: Get hands on experience with economics, personal finance, standard measurements and the calendar year.
Geography: Research Indiana’s local agriculture.
Technology: Use online garden planning tools. Show children how to research plants, insects and solutions to problems that arise.
History: Plant peanuts and learn about George Washington Carver. Make a BLT from fresh lettuce and tomato in honor of the Earl of Sandwich.
Fine Art: Decorate your raised beds with outdoor paint!
Physical Education: Reaching, stretching, lifting, sweating! Children take pride in their hard work when they see beautiful and amazing results growing in front of them. They are more likely to eat nutritious foods when they help grow them. They will also develop a more thorough understanding of where their food comes from.
Foreign Language: Label plants and tools in a foreign language to teach vocabulary. Make some fresh garden salsa and have a fiesta!
Anthropology: Teach children about world problems such as hunger, by donating some of your produce to a local food bank.
Basic Life Skills: In the process, children will also learn organization, responsibility, problem solving, self reliance, self esteem, respect for living things and sustainability practices.