GROWING A SCHOOL GARDEN: DEVELOPING THEMES

Now that we’ve dedicated ourselves to providing training to volunteers, I feel like we’ve got to get our act together.  I’ve been working on training materials and curriculum guides to help.

I put together this Garden Calendar, so that we have set timetables of what needs to be done and when.  I think it will help our volunteers know what they need to commit to and help to keep them involved year round.

garden calendar

Next, is to define universal themes for each grade level and break those down into concepts and processes.  This is what I’ve come up with so far..

curriculum guide

Each grade level has an addition page that ties these themes into the science curriculum for their grade level and their Foss Kits.  Here is an example of the one we create for first grade:

1st grade

I’m hoping that we can promote, teach, and use ideas of permaculture and sustainability with our garden as well.  I’ve taken some classes on permaculture and so am hopeful that our grade levels can promote those concepts and that their students can help us integrate more of these practices into our gardens.

WHAT IS PERMACULTURE?

Permaculture is a contraction of the words permanent and agriculture and permanent and culture.  It is a way to live sustainably in a region for many generations, taking care of the people and taking care of the environment at the same time.  Permaculture uses ecology, the patterns and lesson found in nature, as the basis for designing sustainable food systems and habitats.

Next week it’s all about chickens!

Love,

Jenni

garden finish 2

Kindergarten grew fruits and veggies!  Click on the image to go back in time and read about Levels of Integration.

garden 1

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