Children have an innate curiosity about the natural world around them and love to dig in the dirt, plant seeds, tend sprouts, and watch them grow. It’s incredibly satisfying to be able to pull a whole vegetable out of the ground – roots, tops, and all. The school garden is a living laboratory where the learning opportunities are endless!
Here are some examples of what students can learn while working in a garden…
Math. If you plant four rows of three seeds each, how many seeds is that all together? How many cubic feet of dirt are in this planter box?
Chemistry. Compost is full of vitamins and minerals that plants use to grow, just like you eat fruits and vegetables to help you grow.
Biology. Worms are our friends. They help break down and aerate the soil to give plants food and oxygen.
Language arts. Students create plant labels in English, Mandarin, and Spanish.
Economics. How much are 250 onions worth?
Community service. These plants will be enjoyed by all classrooms and is something we can contribute to the school.
Civics. California Poppies are our state flower and it is illegal to pick them.
Problem Solving. Why didn’t the seeds sprout? Why did only some plants survive?
And, of course, how to grow food! Students who plant and grow their own vegetables are more likely to eat them and are more open to trying new foods.
Lastly, there is also a sharing of culture and tradition, as many students tell us of the gardens or “farms” that their grandparents or aunts and uncles have and what types of food they grow.
Stonebrae has six planter boxes in the upper grades courtyard and two planter boxes in the lower grades courtyard. The upper grade boxes need volunteers to come and pull out all the dead plants to prepare the beds for Fall planting. We invite you to join in the fun and experience the joy of gardening!
Help plant, weed, and water.
Donate seeds or supplies.
Lead a math-based garden station on math center days in your child’s classroom.
Help students make a garden journal.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved!