With the sunny weather and rainy afternoons our plants are growing and our gardens are looking fantastic - the weeds have also enjoyed the amazing weather.
Today, the children helped our educators to care for the garden beds, watering plants, and removing some of the weeds from our garden.
During this experience we chatted together about caring for our environment and discussed why it is important to remove the weeds.
One child explained to his friends that the “weeds will make our plants die”.
Another child suggested that there wasn’t enough room for both the plants and the weeds.
One child suggested that if we take out the weeds it will make our garden beautiful!
The children chatted together about helping at home. Stories about planting, weeding and watering experiences were shared as they worked together to tidy up our gardens.
By paying attention to environmental awareness and sustainability and including children in these care and maintenance experiences, is teaching them how to respect and care for themselves and their environment.
This is experience is linked to outcomes within the Early Years Learning Framework:
Learning outcome 2.4
Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment.
This is evident when children show growing appreciation and care for natural and constructed environments.