Children learn about their relationship to the natural world and their community around them in many different ways. At ITC, with the help of the entire community and a donation from the Susan Twombly Grant, we have designed, built and implemented a permanent garden, which currently consists of 6 large beds built by ITC families, one for each age group. By investing in this venture, we are able to broaden the children’s learning experiences; including, but not limited to, the five senses; sight, sound, touch smell and taste. This, along with increased opportunity to work together outdoors, also creates a connection not only among the children and teachers but with the life cycle of growing, cooking, eating, and sustainability.
This garden has been a dream for many staff and ITC families. It’s has been, and will continue to be, a community effort, as we could not have done it without each and every parent, child and teacher who come to ITC to learn, grow, explore and value the outdoors as being as a vital role in our children’s early education.
The key to creating positive experiences in outdoor learning environments lies not only in the physical environment, but with modeling and behavior. This is also how they learn about their relationship to the natural world around them.
The children are gaining a keen understanding where their food is coming from; starting with the planting, watering and weeding to harvesting, sharing and eating together. It’s a proven fact, that being part of the process empowers an individual. ITC’s community garden has, and will continue, to give us more opportunities to expand and invest in this opportunity.
We are looking forward to share our “bounty” within our ITC community.
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