The Science of Gardening
Research has found that children who participate in cultivating a garden at school show a greater willingness to try new foods, demonstrate better eating habits, and retain knowledge about nutrition. In working with thousands of children, we have found that 96% of the kids who grow their own vegetables eat them! Bloomers Schoolyard strives to cultivate in young children, a connection with nature and predilection for healthy food choices in one of the spaces they spend the most time: school!
The Scientific Method for Early Learners
The Scientific Method is an organized way of asking and then answering questions about the world around us. It involves a series of steps (typically 6) beginning with a question and ending with a conclusion. Early learners are already natural scientists: inherently curious and trying to make sense of the world around them. Think of all the “why” questions you hear.
A garden is a opportune venue for an array of science activities and lessons. No garden? No problem – many hands-on activities can be done inside the classroom using the elements of gardening, like, seeds, water, dirt, and small indoor plants.