Summer Garden Tour / A Child’s View


The subjects that are ordinarily being taught in schools are math, language arts, social studies, science, physical education, fine arts and sometimes music. These subjects pretty much stay the same until the high school level yet even then, depending on what is available, the subjects don’t venture too far off the narrow path. The student needs to be really motivated to choose not to take the typical subjects and what is usually encouraged by guidance counselors and their parents.

You would think that if these subjects are the required coursework for twelve years in most schools, then they would be part of a larger network to prepare our children for the rest of their lives. When in fact, other than reading, writing and basic math, none of these subjects prepare our children for the rest of their lives. Adult life consists of healthy living, relationships, furthering education, holding down a job and especially finances such as money management, savings, home ownership, investments and learning the importance of staying out of debt. But how often do we see courses teaching even some of this?

One way I prepare my children is to teach them as much as I can about HORTICULTURE. Horticulture -/ˈhôrdəˌkəlCHər/ noun. the art or practice of garden cultivation and management. Why the big fancy word for “gardening?” Because I use it on my children’s transcripts. 😁 But also because I think it’s important to teach children about where their food comes from, how to grow their own and how to live more self-sustainably. I want them to know what the ingredients they’re eating in packaged food and how it effects their overall health. This is why I begin teaching them as early as they can comprehend and continue teaching them through books and hands-on projects until they graduate.

I also think it’s important to teach this subject throughout their childhood so that they develop an appreciation for all the farmers and growers whose responsibility it is to provide food at the local grocery stores. It takes a lot of hard work to grow our small garden and knowing this helps them to understand the work that’s undertaken by the big growers.

Thank you for watching and I wish you a healthy day!

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