What are your thoughts on introducing gardening from an early age to children in kindergartens, as well as in primary and secondary schools? Do you think that is good for children? Do you think that this is not necessary because we live in a modern age where everything is available in the markets?
What are the benefits of introducing a subject like gardening is certainly a question that every parent asks themselves. Parents who have had the opportunity to live in the countryside and who have had the opportunity to plant vegetables, fruits and grow such and similar crops, we believe they know how laborious it is. Children get to know the world when they are young. They find out everything about them, they are interested in everything. They want to know why something exists, why we eat broccoli, how milk gets to our home and so on. The introduction of gardening as part of the teaching that children attend from an early age in kindergartens, will help them understand how fruits and vegetables reach their home. They will learn that they should appreciate nature, that they should not throw food, etc. When you show a small child the process of creating vegetables for example, he will understand better and will understand how it is actually created and finally how it comes to our tables.
When a child from an early age follows the growth process of any fruit, he will be happy that he planted it himself and that he sees it growing. This will create a positive attitude towards nature. He will learn to appreciate the fruits that nature gives us.
Some parents may disagree with this thesis. Some may think that there is no need to introduce this in kindergartens as part of the teaching, because all children know that fruits and vegetables can be bought in any market. But here we will elaborate on that topic. For example, the teacher asks a question to the kindergarten child: “Where does the cabbage grow?” , to which the child replied: “Cabbage grows in our market.” , how will you feel as a parent? This is just one example that can really be misleading to most children. Even older children can be misled if they are not interested enough in school or hear more information than anyone else. Unfortunately, this often happens with many other things that are part of the general culture, so why not happen with such simple things, right?
In reality, older children in primary and secondary education are less likely to have this problem. But they are talking about upbringing and education about the environment. They will appreciate the fruit they planted and cultivated more than the fruit they bought in the nearest market. At the same time, they learn the responsibility they have to take for their fruit, to take care of it, to water it and finally to enjoy its taste.
In this fast paced time we all have everything available on the shelves of the markets, it is very difficult to teach children that in order to get something they have to work hard. This can be a great way to instill a lot of moral values in children, through this process of introducing gardening as part of teaching. Think about this and write us your thoughts in the comments.