Gardening Fun with Island Prep Students!
In the Garden…
Hi friends! Spring has finally sprung at Island Prep, and despite our mild winter, no one is more excited than our students. The sunshine and fresh air help everyone get their wiggles out, but another activity that captivates the students is gardening.
Did you know that each Island Prep campus has a garden? The beds are filled with seasonal herbs, berries, veggies, and flowers and all the children are encouraged to dig in and get dirty.
Gardening offers so many learning opportunities, plus its a fun activity to do outside with your kids. (One that doesn’t involve you pulling a hamstring while demonstrating proper cartwheel technique as is usually requested.) Now you might be thinking, “OK, OK, I get it, kids learn about plants,” but there is so much to explore in a garden that can be turned into a lesson. For example, younger children can practice math by counting the number of tomatoes on the vines or work on color recognition by pointing out the different shades of flowers. Older children can study weather patterns and how plant growth is affected, or dive into a lesson about seasons to learn which plants grow at what time of year. They can practice their measuring skills by monitoring how tall the plants grow. There are so many topics to cover!
Gardening also provides a great opportunity to show children where their food comes from. Some kids are fascinated to learn it’s from somewhere other than the grocery store. Furthermore, children are often more willing to try new foods if they are involved with it in some way. My daughter helped me make tacos last week and then ate two entire tacos. This child’s diet usually consists of mandarin oranges, grated parmesan cheese and pears. But she was ecstatic to be a part of the process and was proud to eat what she made. We’re not growing tacos in our gardens (sadly!) but the same idea holds true- if your child grows a cucumber, maybe she’ll give it a try. And if she needs an extra push, a little ranch dressing can go a long way.
Now we want to hear from you! Do you have a garden at home? How do you get your kids involved? Tell us all about it on Instagram and Facebook! Use #thewhalestales #islandprep @islandprep
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