How to Teach Math through Organic Gardening


Math in itself is a rather difficult discipline, and on top of that can be very boring. However, with gardening, parents and teachers can make the topic of discussion more engaging and provide children with unique options to demonstrate the mathematical concepts. It teaches various aspects like measurements, problem solving, data gathering, geometry, simple counting, percentages, and countless other facets. Teaching math with the help of gardening gives children a more hands-on interaction with the concepts they are learning, making the experience highly enjoyable and memorable.


Math in the Organic Garden:

Some of the most fundamental daily concepts begin with basic mathematical knowledge. How gardening helps is through introducing different ways to instruct these primary concepts with an entertaining and inviting environment. It may not seem so helpful apparently, but the simple ability to count as kids decide how many seeds to sow, or how many rows to plant, are long-term lessons they will carry as they grow older.

Furthermore, math activities incorporated in gardening such as data collection regarding vegetable growth or area measurement for a plot, will turn into daily needs as they mature. With gardening, you can rest assured that your child or student will be fully involved in the learning of different concepts since they pursue the growth and development of the garden alongside.

 They will discover the area as they graph out the plot, plan carefully how many plants can be grown, and measure what the distance should be between each plant. Basic geometry helps a lot since children will focus on the design and shapes of the garden.

Various Math Garden Activities:

You can employ math in the garden as a curriculum tool to assist children in comprehending the application of math in real life activities. Provide them with the necessary tools like a calculator, measuring tape, graph paper and notebooks.

Assign them tasks like measuring the area of the garden then ask them to arrange shapes to decide the growing space. Very basic counting exercises will also help, and you can ask them to count the number of seeds sowed and the number that sprout. You can then go ahead and even explain the concept of ratios if you like.

Another good idea is to let children guess the numbers of seeds present inside a certain vegetable or fruit then have them count them. Use fractions and subtraction to assess the variance between the estimated and actual numbers.

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