Gardening and plant-based learning open a door to discovery of the living world. It stimulates even as it focuses and calms. Within the school environment, a garden offers an unparalleled platform to help kids achieve learning goals in ways that are recommended by the National Science Standards and most state and local educational bodies.
Taking students out of lessons and setting them to work planting potatoes is not an obvious strategy for improving achievement. Yet this is exactly what one secondary school in West Sussex is doing to support students who struggle to manage their behaviour.
One of the most recent studies of the impact of school gardens on academic performance found that research conducted between 1990 and 2010 has shown “overwhelmingly that garden-based learning had a positive impact on students’ grades, knowledge, attitudes, and behavior.
Plant, water, and grow! Whether you are a parent, teacher, or caregiver, teaching children to plant seeds is a simple and authentic way to help them engage with nature. It’s an activity that the littlest of sprouts can do “all by myself,” or at least with minimal help from you.
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LITCHFIELD — Students in Litchfield aren’t having a tough time finishing all the vegetables on their plates these days, thanks to a unique community enterprise that’s changing the way they think about food.
Teachers from Boulder's Creekside Elementary traveled to California in the summer of 2008 to learn more about the burgeoning school garden movement and participate in workshops on gardens as learning tools.
Teachers who bring their pupils into the outdoors find it makes their learning more enjoyable, challenging, active and collaborative, according to University of Stirling research published by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).
The Nutrients for Life Foundation, an educational non-profit that educates students and the public about the vital role soil nutrients play in growing our world, and Discovery Education, will host a live virtual field trip for students nationwide on April 23 at 1 PM EST.
Despite a long and particularly snow-laden winter for many parts of the country, warm weather is just around the corner. In many places, spring daffodils and crocuses have popped up out of the soil as the ground thaws and the sunshine warms the earth. It is time to start thinking about that vegetable garden.
With plans to grow crops like lettuce, spinach, green beans, tomatoes and a variety of root vegetables, National Park School has partnered with the Rutgers Community Extension, the Gloucester County Office of Land Preservation and a host of other groups to provide students with what Principal Carla Bittner calls an "edible education."
With a little help from Mother Nature and support from the school community, school gardens can be quite rewarding and successful if simple guidelines are followed, said University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Nancy Kreith.
Educating children through gardening and healthy cooking. That is one of the goals of the Boise Urban Garden School or BUGS, which celebrated the grand opening of its education center in Boise's Comba Park.
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