Creating a school garden with preschoolers with 10 Easy Steps. Read how to set up your preschool garden for opportunities for learning outdoors with kids.
Gardens are a great way to integrate social and academic learning into a practical life, every day activity. There is so much potential in a garden classroom and Dayna, is here as a guest writer today, to showcase some of these school garden learning activities and advice for starting up and maintaining a school garden. She is an enthusiastic, hands-on parent who shares her natural living, homeschooling and sensory play ideas at Lemon Lime Adventures. ~Amanda
School Garden Learning Activities
I am so excited to be part of the Gardening Team for Kids in the Garden at The Educator’s Spin On It. As an early childhood educator for 12 years, I have always loved gardening with children. It is one of my favorite parts of the year. A few years ago, I had the pleasure of creating a Preschool Garden with my co-teacher at our urban public school. It was one of the most rewarding experiences I had in all my 12 years of teaching and I hope to encourage you to try starting a preschool garden with these 10 tips.
Tip One: Build Children’s Background Knowledge
* Sort flowers by colors
Tip Two: Plan the Garden with the Children
* Encourage drawings and labels of what the children want the garden to look like
Tip Three: Involve the Parents and Community
Tip Four: Prepare Your Materials Ahead of Time
Tip Five: Take Children on a Field Trip to Purchase the Plants (if possible)
Tip Six: Involve the children
Tip Seven: Allow time for Explorations
Tip Eight: Remember Not All Children Will “Plant”
Tip Nine: Plan for the Future Care
Tip Ten: Have Fun!
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Dayna is a National Board Certified teacher with over 12 years of experience in the primary classroom. She recently began homeschooling her 3 children against her will. She writes at Lemon Lime Adventures, where she writes about the trials and errors of their life, life living as a blended family, and dealing with a son with Sensory Processing Disorder. You can find Dayna rockin’ it over on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and G+!
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Wonderful tips Dayna – thank you!! My favorite has to be – "allow time for exploration" – the most important in my eyes!! 🙂
Dayna Abraham says
Thank you! I completely agree!