In Growing in the Garden, a weekly chug, children between ages 8-12 learn about nature and plant their own garden while boosting their self-esteem and gaining social skills.
The children choose a plot of land on which they grow the vegetables and flowers of their choice. The children learn how to nourish the soil with nutrients from compost and hummus and how to get the optimal amount of water from a drip irrigation system. As their plants grow, the children are encouraged to taste the fruit of their labors.
While celebrating annual holidays, the children learn how nature changes as the seasons change and the yearly cycle progresses.
In addition to their outside activities, the children also work in the art room, creating crafts with nature and decorations for their gardens.
The program focuses on building self-esteem, recognizing individual strengths and discovering how best to contribute to the group. Through the chug’s team building activities, based on trust and respect for each other and the land, the children learn to better communicate with others, improve social skills and gain self-confidence.