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Plants at Schools Result in Happy Kids

Posted Oct 02 2009 10:07pm

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Does your child’s school have plants in the classrooms? If not, they should. Plants could make going to school more enjoyable. A recent study published in the journal HortScience found that the presence of greenery in classrooms had a significant positive impact on the level of satisfaction students felt in relation to learning, instructors’ enthusiasm and instructors’ organization.

Since many Americans spend up to 80% of the day indoors, it’s no surprise that bringing nature inside is a good thing. Previous studies have shown houseplants can help clean indoor air, reduce tension, improve coping mechanisms, boost work productivity and help increase concentration and attention.

While plants in the classroom didn’t seem to have any effect on students’ grades, it can’t hurt to put a plant in your child’s study area or send one to her teacher. And don’t let your child be one that stays inside 80% of the day either, be sure to get out and play especially now that summer is over and she’s back to school.

Image credit: eraine at Flickr under a Creative Commons license

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