At Faith Child Care & Nursery School in Penfield, children are watching
their marigolds and zinnias grow beneath a special indoor gardening light.
Once a week, they take turns watering the plants with lightweight squeeze
bottles that fit in their small hands.
The indoor gardening experience began in October when Wes Kleppe of
Penfield donated a handcrafted portable children's garden to his
grandson's nursery school. Kleppe who retired in 1998 after 32 years with
Kodak started building portable gardens as a hobby business in 2005. His
previous models are wheelchair-accessible, designed with nursing home
populations in mind; the garden at the nursery school is the first one
he's made for children.
He says the 3- and 4-year-olds got a kick out of how quickly the seeds
"They're fast-germinating seeds," Kleppe said of the marigolds and
zinnias. "It only takes a week for them to pop."
Kleppe and the teachers at the school hope blossoms will appear before
Christmas, so the children can give flowers to their parents over the
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Re: INDOOR GARDENING : EDUCATION: PRESCHOOL: Penfield Nursery School Learns About Indoor Gardening
It is so good to know that the childcare and nursery school kids learned about indoor gardening. It must have been an interesting class for little curious minds. My kid is also studying primary 5 at the CHIJ Toa Payoh Primary School, Singapore and they also learn gardening and get indulged in the extra-curricular activities once a week. You can check this for more information about their activities and leaning plans.