School gardens have been used to teach students since the 1800's. Fredrick Froebel founded the first kindergarten in 1840. Froebel designed his kindergarten, which translated means child garden, to teach children through gardening. Since this time, teachers throughout the world have recognized the benefits of using school gardens.
The benefits of school gardens are numerous some include:
- Exciting and meaningful learning for students.
- Enhanced academic achievement.
- Improvement of students' social skills and cooperation.
- Understanding of the natural world.
School gardens can be an enjoyable place for teachers and students.
A great website for information on gardening with children.
Knowing that many Mississippians share a love for home-grown tomatoes, two Mississippi State University Extension Service agents designed programs just for them.
There’s always something new happening in the world of Extension. This time, the spotlight is on a new workshop: “From Micro to Macro: Growing Ag Literacy.”
Before we get into the specifics, you might be asking, “what is ag literacy and why is it important?” (Photo by Kevin Hudson)
You’ve got a lovely container, and you want to put a plant in it. But if that container doesn’t have drainage holes, you’ll end up with a dead plant. (Photo by Jonathan Parrish/Cindy Callahan)
Gardens are great outdoor classrooms, and schools are increasingly embracing gardens to enhance their students’ learning. Home gardens are also perfect for hands-on outdoor experiences that are both fun and educational.