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New Preschool Teaches Gardening And Urban Farming

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 Cinnamon    14,455

By John Vibes

A new preschool is teaching children gardening and urban farming, and many of their classes are hands-on, working on an actual farm.

Edoardo Capuzzo Dolcetta and a team of other designers have been working to bring children closer to nature during their studies and teach them skills that they will actually need in the real world.

Dolcetta’s team, which includes Gabriele Capobianco, Davide Troiana, and Jonathan Lazar, recently gained attention for their ideas when they won the AWR International Ideas Competition.

They won the competition with a proposal called “Nursery Fields Forever,” which is a classroom and lesson plan that merges farming education with academic learning.

“We think that kids should enjoy nature. So we designed this strange school: No classrooms, but open spaces where vegetables grow inside and animals can come in too. It’s a mixing of the two things, school and nature,” Dolcetta said.

“We tried to make a different way to learn. So not reading a book, or listening to a teacher, but experience directly based on practice. A typical school has desks and chairs—in our school, there are not these things. And there’s the freedom to stay inside or go outside,” Capuzzo added.

The layout of the school is designed in such a way where the schoolhouse overlooks the farm.

This may be one of the most ambitious plans for a farming pre-school so far, but this is actually not a new idea. There is already a similar school that exists in Norway, and an urban farm school that recently opened in Asheville, North Carolina.

Also, group called Tiny Trees Preschool from Seattle, Washington will be starting a new program in September of 2016 that will teach outdoor preschool classes in 9 different parks around the city.

The Urban Farm School in Ashville is a bit different because it is primarily for older students and not preschool students. However, teaching such skills to children at a young age will undoubtedly make it easier for them to carry those skills on to adulthood.

This article (New Preschool Teaches Children Gardening And Urban Farming) is free and open source. You have permission to republish this article under a Creative Commonslicense with attribution to the author and TrueActivist.com.

John Vibes is an author and researcher who organizes a number of large events including the Free Your Mind Conference. He also has a publishing company where he offers a censorship free platform for both fiction and non-fiction writers. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can purchase his books, or get your own book published at his website www.JohnVibes.com.

http://www.naturalblaze.com/2016/03/new-preschool-teaches-gardening-and-urban-farming.html

Finally some good news! This should be happening everywhere. 

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 DarkKnightNomeD    1,588
9 minutes ago, Cinnamon said:

By John Vibes

A new preschool is teaching children gardening and urban farming, and many of their classes are hands-on, working on an actual farm.

Edoardo Capuzzo Dolcetta and a team of other designers have been working to bring children closer to nature during their studies and teach them skills that they will actually need in the real world.

Dolcetta’s team, which includes Gabriele Capobianco, Davide Troiana, and Jonathan Lazar, recently gained attention for their ideas when they won the AWR International Ideas Competition.

They won the competition with a proposal called “Nursery Fields Forever,” which is a classroom and lesson plan that merges farming education with academic learning.

“We think that kids should enjoy nature. So we designed this strange school: No classrooms, but open spaces where vegetables grow inside and animals can come in too. It’s a mixing of the two things, school and nature,” Dolcetta said.

“We tried to make a different way to learn. So not reading a book, or listening to a teacher, but experience directly based on practice. A typical school has desks and chairs—in our school, there are not these things. And there’s the freedom to stay inside or go outside,” Capuzzo added.

The layout of the school is designed in such a way where the schoolhouse overlooks the farm.

This may be one of the most ambitious plans for a farming pre-school so far, but this is actually not a new idea. There is already a similar school that exists in Norway, and an urban farm school that recently opened in Asheville, North Carolina.

Also, group called Tiny Trees Preschool from Seattle, Washington will be starting a new program in September of 2016 that will teach outdoor preschool classes in 9 different parks around the city.

The Urban Farm School in Ashville is a bit different because it is primarily for older students and not preschool students. However, teaching such skills to children at a young age will undoubtedly make it easier for them to carry those skills on to adulthood.

This article (New Preschool Teaches Children Gardening And Urban Farming) is free and open source. You have permission to republish this article under a Creative Commonslicense with attribution to the author and TrueActivist.com.

John Vibes is an author and researcher who organizes a number of large events including the Free Your Mind Conference. He also has a publishing company where he offers a censorship free platform for both fiction and non-fiction writers. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can purchase his books, or get your own book published at his website www.JohnVibes.com.

http://www.naturalblaze.com/2016/03/new-preschool-teaches-gardening-and-urban-farming.html

Finally some good news! This should be happening everywhere. 

I told my friend, who is sitting by me right now, he's happy as hell!

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 YourMom2    1,274

Anybody remember mud pies? As a kid, I played in the dirt but nobody was frightened of bacteria then. It's pretty exciting stuff to have a seed germinate into a plant from some dirt and water......and that's at any age...it's just magical.

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 Redlistvet    494

WHAT!!!! Teaching kids self reliance and how to work with their hands. OMG,,,arrest those teachers!

All kidding aside, good for them. Nice to see teaching like this. Wish more schools would do this.  

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 Cinnamon    14,455
28 minutes ago, Redlistvet said:

WHAT!!!! Teaching kids self reliance and how to work with their hands. OMG,,,arrest those teachers!

All kidding aside, good for them. Nice to see teaching like this. Wish more schools would do this.  

LOL What you said above is almost not satirical. 

It's nice to see this.  I'm trying to grow things and it's really fun to do.  These kids are going to have a blast. 

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