The following is an excerpt by Catherine Hartridge from the Garden Artisans
“Starting a garden, either at home with the kids or as a school project is a wonderful project filled with learning, adventure and experimentation. Most children learn best while they are having fun … gardening is just the thing! Plus, they get to get dirty and get up close and personal with the creepy crawlies!
Lisa Taylor, Children’s Garden Director at Seattle Tilth, a non-profit community gardening organization says, “With little people, they’re a lot closer to the ground; they have an intimate relationship with the earth. Anything we can do to bring that non-descript terra firma to life is good.” There are many benefits to gardening with children. They learn patience and responsibility, they gain an understanding of where food comes from, and they even learn to deal with loss through their flowers dying at the end of a season.”
To read the free Beginning a Spring Garden at School or at Home in its entirety, as well as Growing Your Own Herbs and Cooking with Your Children, please visit AMC Montessori Spring Hands On Lesson Planning Newsletter – Part IV