Every School Should Have A Gardening Program

A garden offers opportunities to teach life skills such as gardening and cooking.

The garden setting helps broaden the way teachers look at both curriculum and their students.

The garden provides a connection for the students to their school.

The garden can provide a context for rituals and celebrations.

  1. The garden provides a context for understanding seasonality and life cycles.
  2. It’s an opportunity to work cooperatively on real tasks.
  3. Sensory experience becomes a part of a child’s day at school.
  4. The garden provides opportunities for one-on-one time for teachers and students to talk.
  5. The garden creates a common experience to build on in multiple settings – from classroom to celebration.
  6. Students understand the role of food in life – the garden allows us to improve nutrition and highlight healthy foods.
  7. Students learn about where food really comes from.
  8. Garden experiences reinforce classroom curriculum.
  9. Gardens provide opportunities for community involvement – a link with neighbours, volunteers, parents and community businesses.

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