Thinking Outside the Classroom
It’s a sad fact: Most children don’t spend enough time outside today. Between schools cutting recess and physical education programs to computer and video game dominance to safety issues, there are a number of reasons why our kids don’t go outside as much. But a new program is trying to reunite children with the outdoors with school gardens.
Learning and Growing
Studies show that children who spent more time outside, either by taking walks or by observing their surroundings and environment, not only enhance their creativity but also perform better in school. School gardens have also boosted engagement in children who typically don’t participate in classroom settings.
Only approximately 27 percent of schools have a school garden. But they have slowly picked up popularity over the last fifteen years, and many teachers are even adapting their lesson plans to include sessions in the school garden.