Gardening teaches children new skills
A recent survey looking at how gardening could teach children valuable skills was commissioned by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) was conducted in 10 schools and involved 1,300 teachers.
Researchers found that taking part in gardening can help youngsters to feel happy which in turn boosts development whilst encouraging them to become more confident and live healthy lives.
The study found that the teachers who used gardening as part of learning reported an improvement in children’s readiness to learn as well as making pupils more active in problem solving, literacy and numeracy plus a heightened response to the challenges of adult life. In addition to this it also helps young children overcome their fear of insects and teaches them patience as they are required to wait for things to grow.
Teachers also reported that children are more willing to try vegetables they have grown themselves which is an encouraging step towards healthier living.
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