Growing Independence on My Mind…

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July is the month we celebrate Independence Day in the U.S., and many of us homeschoolers feel an enhanced camaraderie within the spirit of this special day. The Fourth of July is an occasion that reminds me to appreciate the freedom that my husband and I enjoy, raising and educating our children according to our own values, principles, and ideals.

We enjoy the independence to set our own goals and to educate with creativity in ways that foster an appreciation for learning while instilling pride through accomplishment.

One way we have found that allows us to empower our children to take on a useful project from start to finish right here at home, with minimal parental hands-on involvement, is with gardening.

Working with soil, seeds, water and sunlight, and managing plant life, is not rocket science. It does, however, make for a remarkable learning experience. Growing healthful fruits and vegetables introduces students to lessons of soil science and resource management as well as good nutrition.

And yet, my favorite lesson in gardening is more of a life lesson. It’s the one born of encouraging independence with my kids. They enjoy planting and conducting the garden on their own, and then together we discuss the more academic lessons associated with the adventure.

For homeschoolers wanting to introduce this topic with a cost-effective solution that doesn’t require a lot of time or space, the DOLE® Garden Kit is your perfect resource.

With 12 seed varieties, including broccoli, tomatoes, kale, carrots and more, you’ll find that it contains everything you need to get started. This includes peat pots, trays, row markers, a garden journal with tips, nutrition information, and even recipes.

Turn over the DOLE® Garden Kit to your kids, and watch them dig right in! As you discuss your progress and eventually enjoy the healthful garden bounty, you’ll find yourselves looking forward to sharing another wonderful holiday—Thanksgiving!

Order your Dole Garden Kit today! To learn more about the Dole Nutrition Institute visit www.dole.com/nutritioninstitute. You can also follow the Dole Nutrition Institute on Twitter. Happy Gardening!

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