We have a side yard that is used for our garden area. In the garden the children plant and care for flowers and crops and they learn respect for other forms of life. As the children water the seeds they have planted, they are reminded that they are now responsible for the seeds. The children can also see the cycle of life when their crops are allowed to go to seed and then they plant the new seeds to produce new crops. A fascinating aspect of the garden is when the caterpillars on our Milk Weed plants turn into a chrysalis and then into a butterfly.
The children use a mortar and pestle to crush egg shells and scatter them in the flower beds to keep the snails away. This activity helps them learn about natural ways to protect our garden from insects and bugs. When it is time to harvest our goodies, the children share in what is ready to eat. Our crops often include sugar snap peas, carrots, strawberries, and guava among other things.
The garden area also supports other outdoor activities such as painting with water on slate, sweeping, pounding nails into a tree stump, recycling, and caring for and maintaining our worm farm.