Many teachers have suggested that children as young as four should be given gardening lessons in schools as an option to help solve the current obesity crisis. The Association of Teachers and Lecturers are urging schools to place gardening as an integral part of the curriculum. The educators emphasize that children will learn the benefit of eating healthy foods through gardening lessons.
As the mother of two, I can honestly say both of my sons are full of curiosity, enjoy playing in the dirt and learn by doing—all traits of a natural gardener. I also find that gardening is one more way to get our kids to eat more natural, healthy food options. Below are some fresh ways we’ve made gardening fun and exciting for our kids:
Gardening can be an experience for life, and one of the lessons it teaches children is that there is a season for everything and that it all cycles again. So go ahead and encourage kids to dig in. And let me know what bounty you harvest.
Valeria Galarza is Senior Project Manager at Cooper’s Ferry Partnership where she leads the Get Healthy Camden Initiative. She also serves as Project Manager for New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids-Camden.SHARE: