Gardening With Your Child
April showers bring May flowers! With the longevity of winter and the recent snow, we are so excited to plant our Spring gardens! Vegetables and flowers are so easy to plant and watching them grow is exciting and rewarding.
Benefits Of Gardening With Your Child
“One study showed that children who participated in gardening projects scored higher in science achievement than those who did not. The wonder of seeing a garden grow may spark your kids to ask questions like: Why do the plants need sun? How does the plant “drink” water? Why are worms good for the plants? Add a little math while gardening by measuring how much plants are growing from week to week or counting the flowers on each plant. Supplement the experience of gardening with books about plants, trips to a botanical garden, or a photo journal of the plants that you are growing.” Nimali Fernando, MD, MPH and Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP
Incorporating Spanish Into Gardening
Planting can be a great time to bond with your child and practice your Spanish as well. A few great ideas for projects while gardening are to create photo cards with the English and Spanish version of a plant or flower and quiz your child on what they are learning while gardening, count how many seeds you are planting in Spanish to practice math, or call out colors or animals you see in your garden!
Share Your Garden
We love seeing Rayito de Sol family gardens. Please share them on our Facebook or Instagram page. Our staff would love to see the new gardens our children are planting.