Everyone has to learn how they feel about the world as they grow up. It’s much easier to form those opinions when your parents raised you with scientific activities. Gardening teaches children about science by making them form observations, conducting experiments to grow their plants and drawing conclusions. They’ll use the same skills to define their beliefs, preferences and personalities.
It’s nice when people sometimes take responsibilities off of your shoulders, but everyone needs to learn the value of hard work. Your kids can work hard to raise beautiful plants and take pride in what their garden becomes. When they need to work just as hard in school or other activities, they’ll remember how rewarding it was to give something all of their focus and effort.
Now that you know what you can teach your children through gardening together, help them find plants they’d like to grow.
You may keep your kids on a schedule now, but they’ll have to take charge later in life. Show them how to keep a schedule by making a gardening calendar. They can reference it when they need to water their plants and fit that responsibility into the rest of their weekly routines.
Now that you know what you can teach your children through gardening together, help them find plants they’d like to grow. Whether you end up with a gorgeous collection of flowers or delicious veggies for their school lunches, they’ll gain many essential skills by jumping into the experience with you.
Jane is the founder and editor-in-chief of Environment.co where she shares practical tips on how to live a greener life.