The Classroom Gardener
Activities and lessons I've gathered to support your inquiry-based school-yard gardening program. Contact me for professional development opportunities for all…
If you are going to try teaching outdoors in all weather conditions, you'll need to dress for all season comfort. In this post, I share what I wear teaching outdoors year-round in Canada. Read the blog for seasonal advice on what to wear teaching outside! #outdooreducation #outdoored #forestschool #natureschool
Gardening with kids opens up a wide opportunity to try new veggies and to grow your own favourites. Peas are an easy and reliable crop to start with, when growing a garden with kids. Peas picked right from the garden are incredibly sweet and with many varieties available to plant as early as February, a constant source of garden snacking through the growing season.
Butterfly gardens are rich in educational opportunities and aesthetic functionality. Depending on where you live, you can attract and support butterfly migration corridors with selected plantings and carefully designed garden plantings in your home or school garden.
The addition of dinosaurs to your garden turns it into a four season play space (with the added benefit of making an awesome excuse for a weedy nightmare you don't want to deal with) Got a horsetail problem in your garden? Add some dinos and fondly refer to those weeds as a playful dinosaur garden!
Dandelions are a sure sign of spring and an early source of pollen in our Spring gardens. Often considered weeds by gardeners, dandelions offer a multitude of learning opportunities with an alternative perspective that highlights the value of biodiversity in garden ecosystems. Playing with, learning from, and preparing dandelions in recipes, provides a connection to nature that celebrates the arrival of spring!
One of the most challenging aspects of growing food in school gardens is choosing crops that can reliably be harvested within the school year. Potatoes are a great school garden crop because they are familiar to kids, nutritious and tasty to cook up, plus they’re ridiculously joyful to harvest! #schoolgarden #gardeningwithkids #potatoes
If you haven’t heard me say it before, it is worth repeating that literally EVERYTHING can be taught in a school garden! And that includes abstract and complex topics like the extreme environment of outer space, along with how our survival as a species depends on interplanetary space travel! #schoolgarden #spacetomatoes #tomatosphere #gardeningwithkids #tomatoes #garden