She’ll see that food comes from the ground and not from the market. She’ll watch as plants grow and develop, just as she is.
She’ll also learn responsibility. As she plants, weeds and waters, she’ll know that her efforts are helping those plants grow.
For most elementary school children, a “yardstick” garden (3 feet by 3 feet) is a good size. Or you can plant a smaller garden in a pot or larger container. Let your child choose the plants for her garden. Let her do the planting herself. Label each with the packet from the seeds.
At first, your child will be happy to weed and water. But as summer wears on, the novelty will wear off. You can help by putting a special “garden” sticker on the calendar on the days she needs to complete these tasks.
When the harvest is in, be sure to prepare the food and serve it to the whole family. Your child will be so proud of what she’s grown that she may even eat those veggies!
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