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Benefits of School Gardening

Posted by Breggie Hoffman on 20 January 2021 8:30 PM SAST
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Post written by Tamlyn Combrink

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Children get great enjoyment from being outdoors. They’re curious, taking enjoyment from learning when it’s practical and creative. That’s why school gardening could be the start of a lifelong passion for children. Continue reading to see the benefits of school gardening for children.

What’s more, they get the satisfaction of watching something evolve from a tiny seed into a beautiful plant… or even vegetables they can go on to eat.

It’s also fair to say that most children love getting in the dirt! By making mud pies and planting healthy vegetables, children even strengthen their immune system.

Even if you have limited green space, you can still create a garden area. With raised vegetable beds and sensory planters, teachers can make gardening a part of the school day.

For example, a Window Planter is ideal for teaching children about the whole plant life cycle. This is a type of planter with four windows around the sides, which makes it perfect for children to watch their seeds grow below the soil as well. It’s also a great opportunity for minibeast activities whilst gardening with early years pupils.

Gardening is often overlooked in schools, however it can help to develop a number of life skills, as well offering environmental education. What’s more, school gardening projects provide natural and sustainable resources.

The importance of gardening cannot be understated as it contributes to the conservation of insects and biodiversity. In addition to environmental benefits, gardening has a big effect on children and early years pupils as they go through physical, emotional and social development.

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Below are just some of the ways in which gardening benefits school children, from new skills to improved academic performance:

  • Physical activity.
  • Responsibility and independence.
  • Self-confidence.
  • Teamwork and communication.
  • Literacy, numeracy and biology.
  • Healthy lifestyles.
  • Environmental awareness.

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