My students have been working really hard throughout the coronavirus pandemic. The students receive a majority of their lessons on Google Classroom. This year some students will choose to stay home and learn virtually but some will be in the classroom. Even though our district is very small and rural, that has not stopped learning.
Gardening is one of the most rewarding, entertaining, and healthy hobbies you can get into. For some, gardening is a way of life, their way to escape from the rest of the world in their own little space. Gardening can provide students with hands-on learning opportunities while increasing environmental awareness and vital experience in problem-solving.
Gardens are a wonderful way to use the schoolyard as a classroom, reconnect students with the natural world and the true source of their food, and teach them valuable gardening and agriculture concepts and skills that integrate with several subjects, such as math, science, art, health and physical education, and social studies, as well as several educational goals, including personal and social responsibility.
With these resources ( The Importance of School Gardens - Magnus Health, Learning Through the Garden,
Benefits of School Gardens ) we would be able to explore gardening at school, learning about germination, plant reproduction, and sustainability by taking what we grow at school in starter pots to transplant in the student’s home garden and continue growing during summer break. Students will be able to grow vegetables started in class in the spring and continue harvesting produce for their families in the summer growing season.
Gardening at school is a great way to get children to learn about nutrition by helping them make the connection between growing food and proper diets. Student gardening can build enthusiasm about eating fresh and perhaps locally grown fruits and vegetables. Gardening can be a powerful environmental education tool. Through gardening, students become more responsible caretakers. Students have an opportunity to engage in agricultural practices on a small scale, learning about the responsibilities and impact of land cultivation.
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