Garden of hands-on learning

Lee (left) showing the kindergarten children one of the plants at the USJ 12 community garden during the tour.

THERE is a lot you can learn from a book but having hands-on experience is priceless.

Having learned about vegetables from their textbooks, children from Tadika Anak Manis in USJ 12 embarked on a short field trip to the nearest USJ 12 community garden, allowing them to touch, smell and learn more about garden produce.

Guided by the USJ 12 community garden club members, about 28 children, aged between four and six, were shown how plants can grow without soil through the hydroponic method and what certain produce looked like while they were growing or harvested.

Planted in the garden are brinjals, long beans, herbs, corns and flowers to lend colour to the garden.

The kindergarten’s principal Wong Keng Shiong said having the hands-on learning experience was good for the children and they were lucky to have it so close to the school.

“This community garden is a good knowledge centre for children. It is convenient for us to bring the children here to learn as opposed to spending funds on field trips to places that are further away,” she said.

The children were escorted by officers from the USJ 8 police station from their kindergarten along Jalan USJ 12/1M, to the community garden.

The USJ 12 community garden club secretary Peter Ng said other schools had also visited the garden.

“We have welcomed Sekolah Wawasan, USJ 14 and another kindergarten. Even schools in Kuala Lumpur have requested to visit,” he said.

Ng said the garden had been around since 2015 and was revamped last year.

It is open to all, not just committee members, as the idea was to get people together.

Ng said the next step for the committee was to plant more flowers to beautify the garden.

Subang Jaya Municipal Council Zone 3 councillor Lee Uyin Jen also joined in to take the children on a tour around the garden.

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