This Preschool Teaches Kids How To Grow Their Own Food And Encourages Them To Enjoy Nature
March 2, 2016
Winner of the AWR International Ideas Competition to design a new nursery school, "Nursery Fields Forever" reimagines what nursery schools could be like. Designed by AUT- -AUT, a team from Italy, composed of Gabriele Capobianco, Edoardo Capuzzo Dolcetta, Jonathan Lazar, and Davide Troiani, the entry refutes the modern notion of shaping a child's perception of the world based solely on urban environments, accepting children as being inherently curious naturalists. This trait is stimulated and guided to create a unique educational approach, holistically combining nature and food cultivation into its curriculum.
Game, nature and technique are combined with the nursery to create three approaches to learning: learning from nature, learning from technique and learning from practice. The development of children is encouraged through interaction with animals and plants, also encouraging their self-esteem and social interaction with the introduction of tangible goals in their education.
"We think that kids should enjoy nature," Edoardo Capuzzo Dolcetta told Fast Company. "So we designed this strange school: No classrooms, but open spaces where vegetables grow inside and animals can come in too. It's a mixing of the two things, school and nature."
Traditional learning environments and more experimental spaces combining learning and farming are integrated, creating a rotating routine for groups of children to experience and learn about the cycles of nature. From teachers, children are taught how to respect and domesticate animals and plants, seeing the way those things affect their lives.
Teaching children how to grow and harvest their own food, as well as how to interact with animals, could help kids improve their social skills through teamwork, encourage self-esteem, and promote healthy lifestyles.
Nursery Fields Forever reclaims the nursery as a place for children to not only be raised, but "to raise and construct themselves."
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