School Garden News – Florida

Teachers use garden plots to bring nature to school

Providence Christian School teacher Sonya Tripple is sowing the seeds early. The kindergarten teacher at the Cape Coral school recently had her students plant lima bean seeds as part of this semester’s science lesson. The children placed the seeds in dirt in plastic cups to observe the growth of the root system. “That’s the neat thing about this age,” she said. “They show genuine curiosity and interest.”

Tripple is just one of the area professionals introducing young children to garden projects. The earlier the exposure, the better, environmental experts say. “This really has been a neglected item in recent years,” said David Parton, director of the Holton Eco-Preserve, whose online site states, “We Help Children Love the Earth.”

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