The first thing to know about an alphabet garden is that it is not just a bunch of flowers arranged in rows. It’s more than that. A garden needs some sort of structure, and there are several ways to do so. You could have a simple row or column arrangement, but those tend to get boring after awhile. Another option would be something like a spiral staircase or even a pyramid structure (although I’m sure most people wouldn’t want their kids climbing up into the air).
But what if you wanted something different? What if your garden was structured like an alphabet?
An alphabet garden is a type of garden where each letter represents one of the letters in the English language. For example, the word “cat” looks like C T A C K. The idea behind such a design is to create a visual representation of words that children will understand easily and which they can use repeatedly throughout their lives without having to look them up every time.
There are many types of alphabets, including Roman, Cyrillic, Greek and Hebrew. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Some are easier to learn than others; some require less effort to master; some are better at representing certain sounds; etc., etc. The point is that there’s no right or wrong way to arrange your garden.
However, the following suggestions may help you decide how best to organize your alphabet garden.
If you’re looking for the easiest alphabet to learn, you might want to try Roman. It’s the alphabet we use in English, so most people are familiar with it. You might also want to consider using a short word that has only a few different sounds. In fact, the simpler the word, the better. After all, the fewer sounds there are in a word, the easier they are to remember!
Sources & references used in this article:
School Garden Investigation: Environmental Awareness and Education. by E Bundschu-Mooney – 2003 – ERIC
Specialty Gardens for Arizona by L Bradley, G Morris – 2002 – repository.arizona.edu
‘In the best interests of the child’: Juggling the geography of children’s gardens (between adult agendas and children’s needs) by SJ Wake – Children’s Geographies, 2008 – Taylor & Francis
Gardening with children by B Richardson – 1998 – books.google.com
Creating relevant science through urban planning and gardening by D Fusco – Journal of Research in Science Teaching: The …, 2001 – Wiley Online Library
The very hungry caterpillar by E Carle – Early Years Educator, 2000 – magonlinelibrary.com
Build a Tower, Learn Your Letters: How Play-Based Preschools and Skill-Based Preschools Impact Children’s Transition to Kindergarten by AZ Kayne – 2014 – scholarworks.calstate.edu