Early Childhood Education
It’s no secret that fruits and vegetables taste better when you grow them yourself. This holds true for children too.
Getting toddlers or preschoolers involved in a preschool garden allows them to experience plant care and nourish a responsible, consistent and positive attitude towards hard work.
For self-grown fruits and veggies children will take great pride, you can rest assured.
Before you can think of it, they will be eating tomatoes, spinach and even celery! By explaining the importance of gardening from an early age, healthy eating will become a day-to-day habit shaping the foundations of any young mind.
A preschool garden can be an interactive playground for kids that will engage all of their senses.
Getting toddlers or preschoolers in gardening allows them to experience plant care and nourish a responsible, consistent and positive attitude towards hard work.
While in the preschool garden, children are constantly practicing their locomotor skills without thinking about it.
Using gardening as a way to teach preschool children science is a fairly new and unique approach but considerably rewarding. Not only do young ones become a part of the learning process, but they acquire practical knowledge not found in textbooks.
Gardening can be a huge stress reliever for children as it teaches how to relax, calm down and control emotions. Spending time in nature, amongst flowers and trees has been proven to make both children and the elderly feel happier.
Nowadays, preschool children have an ever shorter attention span mainly because of immediate gratification that our digital age provides.
A great way to teach children patience and also improve their focus is through regular garden care.
Helping preschool kids get into the habit of caring for seeds and plants they’ve sown can instill a great sense of responsibility. As children spend more time in the garden, they become naturally driven to green thinking and environmental preservation.
Confidence is crucial for the healthy development of any child. It might come as no surprise but gardening helps children feel more capable.
Studies have shown that preschool students developed better interpersonal relationship skills after participating in a school or community garden program.
Youth Gardening Projects have been shown to help increase children’s self-esteem while also helping them develop a stronger sense of ownership and responsibility.
Preschool kids' show a more positive attitude toward fruit and vegetable snacks after completing horticulture activities from a nutrition gardening curriculum.
JMG also inspires youths to be of service to others through service learning and leadership development projects, and rewards them with certification and recognition.
Preschool Children can get involved in exploring their world through meaningful activities that encourage leadership development, personal pride and responsibility, and community involvement. Youth involved in the program develop critical thinking skills, and the ability to identify community concerns and take action to address them through individual group projects.
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