What do children and some plants have in common? They like to climb and they will eventually grow up! For a fun, productive garden that can add a new dimension to your outdoor space, install a vertical garden. Even if you have limited space, there is always a way to garden.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said “A weed is a plant whose virtues have never been discovered.” Before you weed your garden this spring, consider harvesting a familiar backyard plant for dinner – the dandelion! Believe it or not, this plant has not always been considered a weed.
April 22nd marks the annual celebration of Earth Day! It’s a great time to teach children the importance of preserving our planet’s resources. There are many small things kids can do every day to keep the world cleaner and greener. With some creative ingenuity, kids can have fun learning how to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” by transforming common household plastics, such as bottles and milk jugs, into resources for the garden!
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What are terrariums?
Are you ready to start gardening? Design and build a small ecosystem in your classroom by creating your own unique terrarium. Terrariums are miniature gardens, usually grown in glass or plastic containers that provide an easy, low-maintenance way to enjoy plants in the classroom. An excellent learning tool, terrariums can help children understand photosynthesis, the water cycle, and even water conservation.
Are you ready to get growing this garden season? Seed starting in the Start seeds in your classroom or greenhouse. For early spring edibles try lettuce, herbs, and radishes.classroom is a great way to engage students in hands-on science lessons that allow them to use observation skills, apply the scientific method, and you get vegetables! If you are starting seeds for the first time, don’t be afraid to ask questions and learn as you grow.
Don’t start packing up the garden tools just yet! Even though spring and summer are the spotlighted growing seasons, fall is actually an excellent time to garden with kids in many areas of the country. You can plant cool-season vegetables and also use multiple gardening techniques to help you extend your season.
Benefits of gardening with children diagnosed with autism:
Gardens engage the senses without being over stimulating. Children can explore different colors, textures, smells, and sounds in a calming, natural setting.
Gardening provides opportunities for children to hone gross and fine motor skills.
Gardening allows for repetitive activities, yet still offers some challenge by providing constant change. You can establish a comforting routine (gather needed tools, check on the plants, pull a few weeds, water, etc.), but there will be subtle changes to engage the curiosity of the child with each visit such as ripening tomatoes, new insects to observe, flower buds opening, and leaves changing colors.
Gardening is an activity that can be shared. There are many opportunities for positive social interaction and teamwork.
Children with autism bloom in programs that couple inviting garden spaces with appropriately designed horticultural therapy activities. “Many children with autism are calmer and not as anxiety-ridden in the garden space,” shares Gwenn Fried, Manager of Rusk Horticultural Therapy Services at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York, NY.
When PS 41 in Greenwich Village, New York was chosen to receive one of the National Gardening Association’s Adopt a School Garden grants sponsored by Organic Valley, parent volunteer Vicki Sando could not have imagined that their container garden that’s maintained by the Kindergarten class, would turn into a nearly
Kids Gardening and the National Gardening Association actively work with schools and communities across the country to provide educational resources and build gardens to promote health, wellness, and sustainability.