Sunday, March 29, 2015

Growing minds by growing school gardens

When Laurie Brekke and Hope Hanlon created the learning garden for Atlantic Highlands Elementary School, they assumed it would be embraced with open arms: a gift; an outdoor playground to be used as a hands-on teaching tool, incorporating everything from science to the arts. However, teachers have too much to accomplish and structure became king. Over time and growing classroom sizes, play became secondary and the teachers were unsure about how the garden could help them. But children knew, and while their teachers may have forgotten how to let go of structure and have fun, their students taught them the most valuable lesson of all..there is so much more to learn in a school garden than just gardening (source: youtube)
-- Visit
-- Watch How to Start a School Garden
-- Visit SEED - School Earth Education
-- Read School Gardens Blooming Teach Lessons On Nutrition, Environment, Science, Teamwork

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