We began to plant our school garden when we returned from Winter Break. The children helped to clean up the dirt area. We began collection small garden decorations. We then used the money from our recycle program to buy a few bags of soil, seeds, and some baby plants. And it was on,...slowly. We got lucky in that we had a number of showers during that time of year and this really helped loosen up the soil. Now, the students are in charge of watering it every other day. We usually spend some time cleaning it up and making adjustments after our lunch break. I usually ask the "helper of the day" to pick a few friends to help with the job. Sometimes they come back with soil all over their clothes and splashed pants and shoes. But this is all part of the learning experience. I really try to not step in while they are ding their job. Instead, I usually wait till after school (and they are gone) for fix things. Here are some highlights so far:
School gardens add a whole dimension to our teaching. There is nothing like watching a baby plant come to life. Gardens are just magical! Our garden is tiny but full of life. The students take ownership of it and learn to be responsible for a living thing.
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