Connecting Nature to Education
School and community gardens can be used for academic enrichment, where students can learn about nutrition, food security, and ecological sustainability.
Today, children’s lives seem to be structured much differently, a world where the phrase “Go play outside” has been replaced by television programs, computer time, and Wifi.
Play in nature encourages children to create games with their own invented rules, conduct experiments with nature, and learn lessons that aren’t taught by
anyone.These types of “no rules” situations promote inventive play and give children a deeper understanding of nature.
School garden offers children opportunities to get outdoors and exercise while teaching them a useful skill. Garden containing flowers and various trees with different leaves can revise attitudes about particular flower or colour; there is even a correlation with flowers. Gardens are likely to transform learner's attitude.
Nature offers hands-on experiences in a variety of core curriculum which includes social sciences, language arts, nutrition and math. This can play a big part in supporting your kids' education outside of the classroom. Encouraging children to connect with nature is a way to establish healthier teaching.
Additionally, nature provides educators with a real-world project to engage students. Gardening projects are hands-on and inquiry-based, including learning opportunities in nearly every academic area.
Nature can function as living laboratories. Students can utilize new learning styles, and develop their perspectives and ways of learning to incorporate critical 21st-century skills such as "curiosity, flexibility, open-mindedness, informed skepticism, creativity, and critical thinking."
By Gajera International School, Utran
January 26, 2021