By: Khaleeqa Rouse
Recently Elizabeth Groundworks visited our center and helped our preschoolers learn about the importance of planting. Each student had a roll in planting earth boxes of sugar snap peas. The children learned how the earth box sucks water from the bottom in order to feed the roots of the plants; and how this method was more efficient in having a successful garden. The children each planted a sugar snap seed, after they fertilized the soil.
Initially it was hard to get the children to focus, but they made up songs as each of their classmates went and helped prepare the box and plant the seed. The peas were the first addition to our garden this year. We hope have a garden full of delicious vegetables.
Cultivating healthy sustainable living starts at an early age. We have found that if children are involved in the process of gardening then they are more likely to eat vegetables because they know where they come from. Teaching the children how to plant reinforces curriculum concepts such as math and science, also the children just love to play and get their hands dirty.