This project is to help my students learn the importance of cultivating plants, specifically food plants. They will be able to grow plants from seeds and seedlings, learning what plants need to grow and thrive. By growing food plants (carrots, potatoes, lettuce, etc.) They will develop an appreciation of the hard work that goes into producing the food they eat, as well as understand components and benefits of healthy eating.
The following list of benefits to children from gardening are from the Better Health Channel website (betterhealth.vic.gov.au) Responsibility – from caring for plants Understanding – as they learn about cause and effect (for example, plants die without water, weeds compete with plants) Self-confidence – from achieving their goals and enjoying the food they have grown Love of nature – a chance to learn about the outdoor environment in a safe and pleasant place Reasoning and discovery – learning about the science of plants, animals, weather, the environment, nutrition and simple construction Physical activity – doing something fun and productive Cooperation – including shared play activity and teamwork Creativity – finding new and exciting ways to grow food Nutrition – learning about where fresh food comes from.
Funded by Newmarket, ON (January 2016)