Nature in kindergartens

Apr 20, 2016 | written by:

Kids at nursery school are simply kids in a nursery school. The discovery of the world for them begins step by step, observing everything with innocent eyes and describing it with the sincerity that distinguishes them. For this reason and others, the kindergarten becomes one of the primary places in which to learn about the little rules of human coexistence, such as turn-taking, say please and add a thanks at the end of sentences. The importance of this place has been also the subject of a recent contest held by AWR Competitions which included the presentation of a project for a new and avant-garde vision of the English kindergartens.

The winner of the 'London Nursery Schools' had also to demonstrate that proposal was able to answer profound and relevant questions such as: ‘How should be the future of the nest? 'and 'How kids should spend days in it?'. The winner, but also those who have been able to respond better to the questions above, was a group of Italian-Dutch architects. Gathered under the umbrella of the Aut-Aut study they have designed a nursery school that teaches right away urban agriculture. The choice of this idea comes from the belief that the children of today have been strongly moved away from nature and from its knowledge. Only two generations ago, people lived in close contact with it and with animals such as chickens or rabbits. But the city has grown, habits have changed and what once was normal today it’s no longer the same. The Aut Aut-study is not a nostalgia of times gone by, but the belief that introducing children to agriculture, local production and respect for the environment should be a primary goal of parents and schools from the beginning of growth.

The other idea behind the project realized by Gabriele Capobianco, Edward Capuzzo Lamb, David and Jonathan Lazar Trojans is that children are naturally curious and at the same time they also know how to be creative. Their innate abilities should be valued, expressed and stimulated in the best way. So, the architects pencils moved to create a project (only virtual at the moment, but soon also concrete) able to answer to children's curiosity, to their questions as 'Where the vegetables we eat come from?', and to impress in their heart the love for the land, agricultural knowledge and all the techniques friends of nature. Through interaction with animals and plants, perfectly situated next to the traditional areas of a nursery school such as classrooms and dining rooms, children can develop their social approaches, educational and emotional.

They learn through observation of nature, through practical experiments (for example by examining plant growth or the behavior of animals) and through the technique (planting, sowing, reaping). After the vegetable gardens in the supermarket (I told you about it here and now the project to take them even in kindergartens, it would seem that the trends for the coming years is a respect for nature based on the knowledge of it that grows along with our growth as men and women.

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