One of the reasons that so many parents embrace
Montessori education for their children is that it allows students to explore non-traditional
subjects that not only help them develop intellectually but also build
better health. One such example is gardening. Gardening is fun and healthy
for children and teaches them a variety of new skills. Here are some of
the reasons gardening should be part of your child’s life, both
at Montessori school and at home.
Lessons Learned from Gardening
In addition to the thrill of watching the items they plant grow, kids learn
a long lists of skills through gardening. By tending to their plants,
they learn responsibility. By seeing their plants grown successfully,
they build confidence. When they are taking care of their plants, they
get the benefits of physical activity. They also learn many new things,
including how plants grow, what it takes to keep plants alive, how the
weather affects plants, and how to cooperate with the other people sharing
their gardens. Children who garden also learn invaluable lessons about
nutrition and where food comes from, and they develop a love of nature
that can last a lifetime.
Getting Children Involved in Gardening
You can support and sustain your child’s love of gardening at home
easily. Start by giving him or her a small patch to tend, or if space
is an issue, a few containers or pots. Invest in kid-sized equipment,
and consider planting both flowers and vegetables, so your child can explore
a range of colors, smells, and textures. Keep things interesting by planting
things like sunflowers, strawberries, pumpkins, and other fun plants.
Continue to increase your child’s involvement in the garden as he
or she ages. Add new responsibilities as kids gain confidence and skill
in the garden.
Maria Montessori’s method, The Montessori School offers children the freedom to learn independently,
under the careful guidance of caring teachers who are dedicated to the
Montessori approach. To find our more about our Montessori schools in
Allen and North Dallas, Texas, call (972) 908-5055 or (469) 685-1732.