What happened this week at the garden? Well you’re mostly wondering why there’s a big pile of dirt in front of the garden..
This week we revamped and switched the soil beds preparing for the spring growth season. It was a tedious process but the kids were up for the challenge. Throughout the night giving a helping hand, or acts of courageousness were shown, even the youngest were making competent decisions.
Herald, one of the brightest young minds at the garden, learned how to use the Garden Trolley or as he calls it “The Train”. I asked Herald “What made you lean toward wanting to use the Garden Trolley of all tools?” “I get to pull around all the heavy stuff and it’s fun because I get to drive it around and drop items off at different stations (hence “The Train”)” is what he replied.
Children learn best when they use their imagination through imaginary games and storytelling children are more likely to adapt learning habits, develop their communication skills and improve their vocabulary. By using their senses and bodies, they can move around and develop their muscles as well as the neurological connections in their brains.
Another achievement for the garden is getting a pizza oven!
The pizza oven isn’t only for the Garden, it’s for the community. It’s giving back what the children are putting in. It also stay extremely hot for at least 5 hours, so it gives someone in the community a place to cook if needed. Shelby who lives across the street from the garden said “The children are always on my porch playing or running around, since the garden has come it has made a big difference to them and now since there is a pizza oven I believe it will benefit a lot of families in the community.”
The pizza oven will teach the kids: How to cook a pizza/make a pizza from scratch, and they can use all the vegetables or fruit grown at the garden.
Social Emotional Development is a skill having the pizza oven will teach because hands on cooking activities help children develop pride and confidence in their skills and abilities. The act of following a recipe can encourage self direction and independence, while also teaching children to follow directions and use thinking skills to problem solve.
Bringing the pizza oven to the garden teaches Physical Development for the reason that chopping, squeezing, spreading, and mixing are all cooking skills that help develop a child’s small muscle control and eye hand coordination. It’s impossible to separate hands on cooking activities from physical development for young children.
Also it helps develop Cognitive Development because cooking inspires children’s curiosity, thinking, and problem solving, offering new opportunities to make predictions and observations. Additionally, cooking offers authentic opportunities for students to understand and apply their knowledge of measuring, one to one correspondence, numbers, and counting. As they follow a recipe, children organize ingredients, follow a sequence, and carry out multiple directions.
One of the more important subjects the pizza oven helps develop is Language Development. With its own vocabulary, cooking is a great opportunity for language development. Take advantage of opportunities for children to match pictures to words and articulate questions inspired by their new experiences.
“Teach a person to fish, they can fish for a lifetime,” is the mantra the garden is going by building the pizza oven. To the kids and the community it’s more than just, a pizza oven it’s a place for strangers to share overlapping stories, or even attract festivals, and a way to bring the community together.