Saturday, June 25, 2011

Lessons from the Garden

A garden is a great opportunity for learning.  This year our home school group shared the task of growing a large garden.  Although it has been fun, it has definitely been a challenge.  A garden is a real hands on learning project.

Consider the following learning opportunities that we've experienced while gardening this spring and summer:

History Lessons
* How did the potato find its place to tables all over the world?
*Evolution of farm equipment.
What is a three sisters garden?

Science Lessons
*plant anatomy
*the role of insects in the garden - the good the bad and the ugly
*soil structure - What kind is best for gardening?
*climate - How does it affect what you grow and when it needs to be planted?

Social Lessons
*Respect for the land and where our food comes from.
*Appreciation for modern conveniences, i.e., air conditioning, gas powered lawn mowers, fair wages and large supermarkets that have every kind of produce imaginable. 
*The general value of being patient, giving attending to detail, and hard work.

If you live in the city or the suburbs look for an opportunity to share a large garden with others.  I think you'll be glad you invested the time.

If you don't have a garden and want to expose your children to some virtual gardening click here.

And if all else fails...they can play in sprinkler while you finish weeding.


Pamela said...

It looks so interesting where you live! I'm a new follower from the Homeschool Lounge. Hope to see you around!

MissMOE said...

I drag all of my kids to our plots at the community garden. They usually don't want to come, but always find something to occupy their time while there--usually chasing lizards!

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