Thursday, April 1, 2010

small space gardening in preschools


A passionfruit vine growing in pots and climbing up a window:  wouldn't this be a beautiful idea to add  greenery and life to a preschool classroom?   Children would be able to experience the joy of growing and harvesting, even in the most spatially-challenged preschool!
I just read the NAEYC article "Seeds in the Window, Soil in the Sensory Table" and can recommend it for many examples of how to introduce gardening and nature into preschool classrooms.

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6 comments:

  1. Good on you Jenny ... this is perfect! ... No longer will anybody need to use lack of space or inclement weather as an excuse for not having a garden ... and we find a bit of greenery inside always helps to make a room look inviting too! Another GREAT idea!

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  2. They're going to look so beautiful with the sunlight shining through the window. We have a tiny garden at home but that doesn't stopus growing all sorts of fruit and veg. Where there's a will there's a way. You might like to see the sunflowerclub we're running too.
    http://nurturestore.co.uk/category/mind/sunflower-club

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  3. thanks guys, and thanks Cathy for the link - I'm going to go and check it out now.

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  4. The passionfruit vines look gorgeous. Your gardening program is wonderful - you've got it all. The children that attend your pre school are so very fortunate.

    Gardening is such a great activity for children. It is hands on and it is so exciting for little ones to see plants and flowers growing. My children get very excited whenever we plant something and they are always keen to water the plants, see if any new flowers have bloomed and check on newly planted herbs.

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  5. Elise, that's great your kids get so excited. Sadly, my boys show not much interest in gardening despite my efforts and the fact that they do a fair bit at school in the kitchen garden. I tried to get them involved in helping me build a veggie garden and their interest lasted all of about 1/2 hour.

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  6. Too cool Jenny ... we're definitely coming for a visit now! :) :)

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