Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Say "yes" to gardening


School is just around the corner. It harkens  the end of summer and beginning of Autumn. I love this weather and this time of the year but for children heading back to school; it is filled with apprehension.
I read somewhere that one in ten children is bullied.  It could be more or less depending on the source.
For children who are bullied, school is no longer a place of learning.  Studies have shown that gardening has a therapeutic effect for those who bully others and those who are bullied. Incorporating a curriculum that include gardening can be one of many ways a school can make a difference. And bullying is occurring in affluent communities as well as poor communities.

Hopefully, the programs that are in already place will inspire one more child to love gardening.

Say "yes" to gardening

 


 

 

 

4 comments:

  1. Traditional Chinese medicine used the seeds, usually in the form of an infusion, as an aromatic carminative, and used as decoction and gargle for toothaches.

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  2. O.K. but does it calm kids? Thanks.

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  3. Anonymous, I'm gonna assume you're asking whether or not gardening calms kids (and because of the commenter's handle: coriander seed), not whether coriander seeds calm kids.

    My experience is that gardening is therapeutic on a number of levels and has many long-term well-earned benefits for kids (and other humans).

    Calming? The physical work tires kids; the garden is a productive place to expend some of that amorphous, youthful energy, and it feels good to be physically tired. It gets them outside where they see and can marvel at nature, which opens them up to something broader than themselves; which is also calming. It helps to teach them how to nurture and maintain something for future harvest, (which can have positive implications for nurturing and maintaining relationships). It teaches delayed gratification, a key to living within their means as they grow older, and an appreciation for the work of their hands.

    All of these things are calming to a human being. And, if they grow it themselves, they are more likely - since we are talking about growing something to EAT -- to learn to cook it (a healthy life skill to say nothing of the ability to live well economically) and then to eat it! Satisfying. Calming. And potentially a visual clue to the fact that community is made up of a variety of things, which helps to teach the lesson that all of life is an ecology. There endeth the lesson. :-)


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  4. well said...UME research has shown that elementary school students who grow and taste vegetables are more likely to try new foods and increase their vegetable and fruit consumption.

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