City Gardening with Ivy
I believe that learning through gardening shouldnt be an indispensable part of children's education and personal development because it allows the kids to connect with the food and community and engages them to learn about a healthier planet.
Gardening provides a dynamic environment to observe, discover, experiment, nurture and learn. They are like living laboratories where lessons are drawn from real life experiences and fueled by a child’s curiosity and enthusiasm for the learning process.
Ivy love to play in the dirt. Well, I guess, all kids do. They like to search for earthworms and bugs for example. Watering plants, and anything else, brings great joy for them. Our little ones want to be part of the household and do some of the same things as mom and dad, So why not involve them in the garden?
When you do gardening with kids it really can be anything from planting a seed, water the plants up to helping maintaining a garden. They gain self-esteem and a deeper connection to the natural world and learn important lessons about the environment without even knowing it. It might even encourage them to eat the vegetables they helped taking care of.
There is some sort of natural magnetic attraction between children and the earth, whether it's making mud or discovering a germinating seed emerge from the earth. It opens new windows in a world dominated by technology.
Below you can see some pictures of my daughter Ivy which is a year and a half but already finds joy watering plants and helping maintain them. She was so happy carrying the watering pot around even though it was half her size and it weighted quite a bit as well (with water on it).
I know that it gets harder to do this kind of activities when you live in an apartment or don't have a backyard but i believe that you can always find a way to educate your kids about gardening that is adjustable to your lifestyle. You can do that by for example: playing games, collecting leaves from different plants on the streets, plant something in a vase at home or buy a plant where you took care of it together and so on.
Enjoy gardening with kids!