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)