I took pictures of our school garden last week, to share them with you, and to share the learning that happens for those students who choose to take the gardening class. Last spring, they planted and nurtured. This fall they will continue to care for, then harvest. Within this one project lives a wealth of learning.
We have the pleasure of two wonderful parent volunteers who teach this class, and spend hours of their time working in the garden. The amazing thing, too, is that their children have long continued from our school, and yet, they stay, to add their own special way of teaching new students how to grow numerous kinds of things in the garden, how to care for, then harvest, preserve and/or cook the crops.
It didn't happen easily, but a large part of any project begins with planning, and first, a group of students years ago planned the layout in a space given to them. Yes, they had help building and bringing in the soil, but as in all projects, much learning took place. I don't want this post to be too long, so thought I'd brainstorm just the actions that happen during the gardening learning. It's like any project where an end is sought, and includes PATIENCE AND TIME.
RESEARCH (PRINT, INTERNET, TRIPS TO GARDENS, EXPERTS), PLAN, CHOOSE, COLLABORATE AND COMPROMISE, REVISE, LIST, PURCHASE, MEASURE, DIG, PLANT, WATER, LABEL, HOW-TOS: WEED, TRIM, HARVEST, PRESERVE, COOK, SHARE.
Additional benefits: Other students can study what they wish, can come to sit and write or draw or paint, can photograph, can sit and read, or just think and be quiet. Knowing that students' work bring joy to all who visit is special, too. The garden is at the front of the school. You can see a some of the school in the final photos. Sorry the one is in shadow, but it was early morning and I forgot to re-take it.