"Iowa Early Childhood Centre Gets Learning Garden"

Article by Associated Press from US News - Jun 24,  2018


"SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — In a backyard garden at the Clark Early Childhood Center, Ayden Smith, 4, removed a sunflower from a container, then placed it in a hole before covering the plant with some fresh soil.

"I don't know if Ayden really cares that much about gardening," Charity Smith said while watching her mohawk-haired grandson. "I think he just enjoys playing with dirt and getting messy." That's fine by Perry Creek Elementary School Principal Amy Denney, who said the preschool and kindergarten's new garden is all about gaining hands-on experience. The learning garden will embrace several different types of early childhood curriculum, such as math, science and nutrition, she told the Sioux City Journal. "The kiddos are planting, watering and maintaining the garden," Denney said. "Before too long, they'll be able to sample the radishes, tomatoes and eggplants they're taking care of today."I was one of the people who participated in a five-week course taught by Iowa State University Extension master gardener Marion Cain, who gave us a lesson in Gardening 101," she said...."      

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