What is a Cognitive Garden?
Cognition means to acquire knowledge through the senses, experience, and thought. A cognitive garden encourages learning through these three processes while exposing people to nature. While the beneﬁts of nature extend to all ages, young children learn primarily through their senses and a multitude of studies have demonstrated a correlation between sensory stimulation and brain development.
Why a Cognitive Garden?
A critical developmental “window” exists from birth to approximately age seven, during which many neural connections are formed. The greater the variety and scope of sensory stimulation, the more complex the brain structure. Along with the cognitive beneﬁts of nature, there are also well-documented beneﬁts to children that include more conﬁdence, higher self-esteem, and a greater ability to concentrate.
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The goals of this project are to create a garden that encourages cognitive development and experiential learning through sensory stimulation and self-directed play as well as to establish a garden that draws children outside and creates a lasting connection to nature and their community.
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- One Step FurtherWe have been working hard to build the stone “steps” in the shade garden and they are finally done. This stone pathway takes us up the hill from the sandpit and around a small shade garden. Polytrichum (haircap) and Hypnum (fern) moss cover the ground between steps, poking their little heads up, asking to be […]Posted on November 19, 2019