Vegetable Garden

The Vegetable Garden

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The children have experienced a wide range of playful and real learning opportunities over the last few months, so I thought it would be nice to write a few short blogs each month to give you all an insight into the reasons behind why we plan real learning experiences and encourage the children to direct their own learning …

The development of the vegetable garden

Over the last few months the children have been busy thinking about and planning the vegetables and herbs they would like to plant within our vegetable garden, it has been great to see the children’s interests and awe and wonder of the world develop as signs of growth have emerged over the last few weeks. The experience of planting seeds, nurturing these, observing signs of growth and then eventually picking and preparing our crops to produce a meal, completes the full cycle of this process. This hands on and very real experience is so valuable to the children’s learning and development, as well as their knowledge and understanding of the world. The development of the vegetable garden has enabled the children to have the opportunity to take part in experiential learning (learning through doing) and develop an awareness of environmental sustainability (knowledge of how to grow their own food, look after the environment, which in turn helps the children to respect the environment and develop an understanding around healthy eating). The process of developing the vegetable garden has created limitless opportunities for exploration and learning within the natural environment.

Drawing in the garden

How does this develop and strengthen learning experiences?

Watering the garden

  • Experiential learning enables the children to physically experience and become part of real learning opportunities; this hands-on experience is far more interesting, memorable and exciting than looking at pictures of growth or watching this on the TV or a computer screen.  The children can experience first-hand the process of growth and change, observing this process for themselves and having the opportunity to reflect and make connections in their learning through questioning and addressing misconceptions.
  • The process of developing the vegetable garden also promotes environmental sustainability and develops the importance of caring for and respecting the environment around us.
  • Supporting the children to plan, develop and care for the vegetable garden provides the children with a sense of ownership, responsibility and encourages them to direct their own learning within a trusted environment. It is lovely to see them take care of their crops and enjoy the responsibility of this.
  • This process has also developed lots of cross curricular links – from recording growth in a range of ways, to comparing the similarities and differences between the crops, exploring healthy eating, developing awareness of what different living things need to grow, measuring growth, categorising crops, using ICT to research and record growth, planning and preparing recipes, knowledge of cooking, garden shop / home corner role play etc. … The opportunities really are limitless!

What can you do at home to further support your child’s learning?

  • You could plant your own seeds together at home.
  • Your children could help you to prepare, make or cook a meal.
  • You could go on a nature walk around the garden or outside and try and spot some signs of growth.
  • You could create a natural collage, using objects you find on a nature walk.
  • Take the time to connect with nature – and explore the natural world around us!

We cannot wait to help the children plan their recipes and prepare their meals once are herbs and vegetables are fully grown … we are sure they will taste delicious!

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