Agriasilo and agrinido: children at school in nature

The agriasilo and the agrinido are new ways of understanding kindergarten, to teach children through the care of a vegetable garden or some small animals

Western society is increasingly approaching natural pedagogy, including teaching in the hours of school how to recognize plants or learn to grow a garden. A vision that shifts the optics, from the closed and narrow class, to the outside: the agriasilo and the agrinido are two testimonies of this desire to learn directly from nature and from everything that unites us to it. These schools aim to educate by exploiting the teachings that come to us from everyday life outdoors.

In these schools the hours of play and activity are dedicated to the cultivation of aromatic plants and at kindergarten children are also encouraged to prepare food, to use spices from different countries, and to carry out educational games. In this way they learn through the different activities and not learning by heart the indications of the teachers or the sterile and empty notions. The games themselves are original, prepared with poor materials and often assembled directly by children, in practical activities that help to form the main motor and coordination activities.

Agriasilo and agrinido does not mean only this, many of the structures of this type tend to have a greater attention to ecology, leading children to respect the environment and the ecosystem more. So also the infrastructures are in harmony with nature, with natural or recyclable fabrics and materials, unstructured toys and often self-produced, using objects in wood or soft fabric. It is not simply a fashion, but a real trend reversal, which in addition to notions tends to teach children also the know-how, going through some very simple activities, such as sowing or weeding the land.

In the mashrooms, when possible the benches move outdoors, so you can have more contact with nature in the open air and be able to implement completely original activities, such as the breeding of small animals. It is therefore not simply a matter of inserting a small vegetable garden inside the nursery schools, but of completely modifying the general layout of school courses. Children who can take advantage of these structures tend to develop their potential better and learn many things about everyday life, becoming more autonomous and ready to face the world.

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