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