Did you know we now have a garden? What about chickens! Thank you so much to Hale Construction once again for helping our school. Here are a few photos of the first students getting things ready. Also, if you were wondering some of the benefits of having a school garden, then here are just a few. Make sure you come by and take a look when you get a chance. We will keep you posted on the progress as we take this gardening adventure together with our students.
Gardening offers hands-on, experiential learning opportunities in a wide array of disciplines, including the natural and social sciences, math, language arts (e.g., through garden journaling), visual arts (e.g., through garden design and decoration), and nutrition. There is mounting evidence that students who participate in school gardening score significantly higher on standardized science achievement tests.
Environmental stewardship and connection with nature
A close connection with nature can be therapeutic in addressing attention deficit disorders and other problems faced by so many children today. By deepening children’s sense of connection with nature, school gardening can inspire environmental stewardship. When children learn about water and energy cycles, the food chain, and the peculiar needs of individual species, and when they feel a sense of connection to a certain species or individual plant, they have a reason to care about all the forces that impact that plant’s future. From the water shortage to the over-use of pesticides, children who engage in gardening have first-hand opportunities to observe the importance of conservation and intelligent allocation of resources.
Chickens at School
Keeping chickens can help reconnect young people with their environment, food and animals. It allows to teach about healthy eating, and knowing where food comes from. The students will get to care for them and learn a more about responsibility.