In this day and age, issues related to sustainable development and the protection of the environment have become unavoidable. This reality requires us to apprehend the world through its environmental, social and economic dimensions.
The pedagogic garden is more than just a sensitising and world awareness tool; it is a fantastic working tool fitting the targets of the curriculum as it enhances a transverse and interdisciplinary approach of the different school subjects. Moreover, it fosters, the development of both social skills and knowledge, and the aptitudes worked on are numerous and wide-ranging. Finally, it is a flexible working tool, changing with the pupils’ age and the level of the class group.
Considering Mathematics and Natural Sciences for example, the pupil will discover the different reigns of the living, learn to count, to differentiate and classify objects according to their size, colour, texture or function. He will also learn to observe natural phenomena, to find out the causes, to develop hypotheses as well as to calculate distances, to get his bearings within even, space and time, according to the four seasons. The reading, writing and speaking skills as well as creativity are also trained as the pupils keep a diary of the harvests, make oral presentations, read recipes or make an herbarium. While the children dig, plant and build, they enhance their fine motor skills and their coordination. Finally, the children, closely connected to their mates and the surrounding nature, learn to observe, to touch, to smell, to taste, to communicate, to collaborate and to make mistakes to be able to improve. Numerous are the subjects that lead to thought: the respect for the environment, the origin of food, the impact of their good or bad deeds on the garden and the living creatures that abide there, the respect of the rules of life and the others’ work. The pedagogic garden thus aims to be a proximity, thought, experimentation, sharing and hospitality place.
In short, this small piece of land that grows, blooms, feeds, amazes, frosts and sometimes dries up, that simply follows the cycle of life, allows the pupils to discover the wonderful diversity of the world that surrounds him. See you soon in the garden!