Top Teachable Moments with Tower Garden
From classrooms to college campuses, there are more than 7, 500 Tower Gardens being used by teachers in the United States alone. In fact, Tower Gardens can be found in schools in 49 out of 50 states. Each year, more teachers and parents are turning to Tower Garden to support the educational journeys of children around the globe.
From science to agriculture, Tower Garden can be used by teachers to help explain how complex subjects can be applied in the real world. Not only that, but a report by the Clemson College of Agriculture detailed how indoor plants and gardens are “linked to improved concentration and memory as well as a reduction in stress.”
With all that said, some of the best lessons a Tower Garden can teach go beyond the classroom and can also be taught right at home.
Top Teachable Moments with Tower Garden
Tower Garden has become known for its effectiveness in the classroom--to the point where there are even CCSS and NGSS-aligned lesson plans that are centered around the aeroponic garden. However, there are teachable moments that come from growing with Tower Garden that can be applied to all facets of life.
Outside the classroom, here are some of our favorite lessons that both teachers and parents can teach their children with Tower Garden.
The Importance of Planning Ahead
Being able to set a plan and stick to it is an essential skill for kids to learn early on and is crucial to their academic advancement. When we plan, we’re essentially creating a strategy for how we expect to achieve our goals. Learning these skills early on helps children think about tasks for themselves before attempting them, allowing young learners to visualize success rather than just hoping for the best.
The same goes with gardening. Any successful yield harvested from a Tower Garden likely didn’t happen through chance. Instead, it is a product of thinking ahead, gathering the proper supplies, and executing tasks according to a plan. Walking children through the planning process can be challenging because there’s no instant gratification, but once they see the fruits of their labor (literally), they’ll understand why the planning was so important.
The Need for Problem-Solving
While planning is important, it’s equally important to understand that we can’t plan for everything. As kids grow up, there will be times that call for them to think on their feet and take action as problems arise. Teaching children not to panic when things don’t go to plan, helping them find clarity, and allowing them to come up with a solution is a great way to develop key problem-solving skills.
The same goes for gardening. While growing with Tower Garden is one of the easiest ways to enjoy delicious produce from home, there can occasionally be some problems that arise. Allowing your kids to brainstorm ideas and help come up with a solution will give them the confidence to power through when things don’t go their way.
The Value of Patience
Patience is something every parent wants their children to possess. It demonstrates maturity, self-control, and respect. In a world where everything is instant and right at our fingertips, patience has become much harder to practice for adults, let alone young children. Luckily, gardening with Tower Garden is such a great way to hone this skill.
While growing produce with Tower Garden typically takes up to three times less time than traditional growing methods, some crops may still take a few weeks before they are ready to be harvested. On the bright side, however, harvests are also up to three times bigger. Showing your little ones that good things come to those who wait, and showing them how big and tall the crops can grow in the meantime, will make them appreciate the wait even more.
How to Learn From Mistakes
Let’s face it, our kids are going to make mistakes in life. A lot of them. From leaving the caps off markers to playing video games instead of studying, it’s important for kids to understand that their mistakes are simply learning opportunities in disguise. Growing with Tower Garden provides ample opportunities to learn from mistakes and come out stronger on the other side.
Both Tower Garden HOME and Tower Garden FLEX come equipped with enough planting ports for at least 20 different crops. This means that there’s plenty of space to experiment, fail, and try again with no stress. If things go wrong, simply help your kids understand why and encourage them to try again.
Need More Teaching Inspiration?
As mentioned before, teachers have access to CCSS and NGSS-aligned lesson plans that they can incorporate into their own classrooms. If you’re a parent looking for fun ways to educate your kids at home, or a teacher looking to create your Tower Garden lesson plan, discover the Tower Garden Teacher’s Guide for more fun learning ideas!
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