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What are some good ideas for working outside and starting a garden with such a young age?

Oct 22, 2013 12:00pm

I am working with my students on creating a garden at thier recreation center. It is an after school program with children K-5. I only arrive once a week to teach.

  • Science
  • Pre K-5
  • Assessment / Collaboration / Engagement / New Teachers / Planning


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    • Oct 28, 2013 8:02am


      What a great opportunity for students. There is so much that students can learn by going outside and gardening. You could make the experience even more educational by allowing them to leaf through gardening magazines to find pictures, articles, and words that will inspire them to create a garden that they are proud of. Also, by examining magazine worthy gardens, they will begin to ask questions which would lead to dialogue about different plants, flowers, foods, etc..., gardening techniques, etc... Spending a couple of minutes examining text would help them to realize that even important skills like gardening can be improved with literacy.

      Hope this helps!

      • Mar 10, 2014 10:17pm

        Since it is just about spring in our neck of the woods, you may want to start with the good ol' bean plant in the milk carton activity. This will give the students something to observe and experience right away (seed, soil, water, and light). Many seeds can be started indoors and observed as well. Then the transplanting of the plants can be your start at the garden outdoors. If there is a fenced in area or growing area that is empty and unused around the school or rec center, get permission to start your garden. Donation letters can be written to nearby farms or the local garden center that might want to donate plants to your cause. (Student generated letters work wonders for this!) It's a lot of work to start it up, keep it up, and get growing; but, the rewards of having a working children's garden far outweigh the efforts.