Garden Studies For Young Children

Gardening is a great way to integrate math and science into the school day.  Children can begin by making predictions on growing conditions or how long it will take for plants to grow.  You can plant in cups and transfer the seedling plants to containers outside.  We make beds out of concrete blocks that we put in a rectangle.  Then dirt is thrown in the middle to make large beds and the children also plant in the holes of the blocks on the outside.  Once plants have grown, children can perform field studies to measure and count.  Below are examples of activities that can be done in a school garden.  Marigolds can also be planted in the holes in the blocks surrounding the bed to act as a natural pesticide. Continue reading »