ERIC Number: EJ868224
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Reference Count: 6
Seeds in the Window, Soil in the Sensory Table: Science Education through Gardening and Nature-Based Play
Hachey, Alyse C.; Butler, Deanna L.
Young Children, v64 n6 p42-48 Nov 2009
A growing body of evidence indicates that contact with nature is as important to children as good nutrition and adequate sleep, and therefore, educators need to address children's access to nature. This is particularly important in urban areas, where children have few opportunities to interact with nature. Gardening and nature-based curriculum support children's development and learning in academic, social, and health-related domains. The National Research Council states, "Because plants are especially easy to grow and care for, students at every grade level should be involved with gardening projects, using outside space, window boxes, or potted plants." Gardening and nature-based play in preschool classrooms integrate motivating and meaningful activity with the three elements of science education--(1) attitude; (2) process skills; and (3) content. In this article, the authors discuss the three elements of science education and the basics of gardening. Tips on taking gardening further are presented.
Descriptors: Play, Urban Areas, Gardening, Science Education, Teaching Methods, Natural Resources, Preschool Children, Student Attitudes, Science Process Skills, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education
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