Children Learn Better With Plants

Placing ornamental plants in an educational environment for children helps enhance learning capabilities by helping them concentrate better. Whether in the classroom or at home, plants reduce their tendency towards distraction.

Adding the soothing effects of plants to create a more natural environment can have a dramatically positive effect on the way children with problems paying attention, such as with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), learn. By helping to minimize distractions that would otherwise occupy their minds, plants improve their focus and help them engage better in the classroom.

Children exposed to lessons in natural settings, such as in parks and botanical gardens, experience a better appreciation for nature that can lead to an enhanced sense of responsibility for the protection and care of the environment.

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