Living nature contributes to the emotional growth of children. And so, alongside the wide open spaces, inside the Institute an expert in the sector takes care of deepening all the aspects related to the ‘green’ and, in particular, the creation of the educational garden. The care of the garden offers children the opportunity to understand the value and ‘sacredness’ of the earth, through knowledge, experimentation, use and recycling. The goal is to ensure that children understand the sense of human / nature interdependence and the circularity of ecosystem relationships, developing a real ‘ecological awareness’.
The idea of the garden is to go beyond classroom teaching, the protagonists of which are books and notebooks: here, however, seeds, hoe, watering cans, rakes, bags of fertilizer and potting soil will teach children the beauty ‘is in’ getting your hands dirty ‘, planting seeds, following their transformation, discovering the world of plants, knowing the cycle of seasons. They will teach them respect for the times of nature and for the work of the earth. Finally, they will teach the children the importance of the quality of the foods that allow healthy growth because the vegetable garden is, in reality, also an opportunity to do food education, another aspect to which we pay particular attention, as also emerges from the service offered by our school canteen.
Therefore, the experience of the garden has a transversal character: training beyond teaching, personal, emotional, inner growth, civic and environmental education, through interdisciplinary links with the sciences, botany, history, art and geography.