Ladybugs in the Garden

Gardening is a great way for students to learn new skills while having fun outdoors and provides plentiful opportunities for hands-on learning.
Gardening is a great way for students to learn new skills while having fun outdoors and provides plentiful opportunities for hands-on learning.
Ladybugs and other beneficial insects are readily available at garden centers and nurseries as well as through the Internet. Even if you don’t have a vegetable garden, beneficial insects are great for your whole yard.
Ladybugs and other beneficial insects are readily available at garden centers and nurseries as well as through the Internet. Even if you don’t have a vegetable garden, beneficial insects are great for your whole yard.
Ladybugs can help the garden stay healthy, as they help rid the garden of harmful aphids that can damage plants and vegetables.
Ladybugs can help the garden stay healthy, as they help rid the garden of harmful aphids that can damage plants and vegetables.

Spring got off to a great start in Mrs. Lamorte’s Countrywood Kindergarten class. Students planted a kinder”garden” of their own. Children planted a variety of healthy herbs and vegetables in the Countrywood courtyard, such as tomatoes, lettuce, beans, peppers, zucchini, eggplant, basil, dill, thyme and parsley. The students are getting an educational and enjoyable experience as they tend to their garden and watch the crops grow!

Students are also learning about ladybugs life cycle and how they can benefit the vegetable garden.  The children released a few hundred ladybugs and watched with interest as the insects explored the garden. They learned that ladybugs can help the garden stay healthy, as they help rid the garden of harmful aphids that can damage plants and vegetables.

Gardening is a great way for students to learn new skills while having fun outdoors and provides plentiful opportunities for hands-on learning. By tending to their own plants, students learn a sense of responsibility and a healthy respect for nature. They experience a sense of discovery as they learn about the science of plants, insects, weather and the environment.

Teamwork skills are also developed as children work cooperatively to create and maintain their garden. As students care for their plants, their love of learning will grow along with the vegetables in their garden.