There is probably no better classroom than a growing garden and there are countless lessons to be learned!
It's impossible to not brag a little about the phenomenal learning garden at my son's school. Those kids know more about organic gardening, composting, and the life cycle of monarch butterflies, than most adults. Every student gets to have a very hands on experience. They are involved with all the planting and harvesting, with lots of help from a very dedicated group of parents.
monarch society actually came to the school and presented the students with a plaque noting the campus as a stop for migrating butterflies. Caterpillars came, ate all the milkweed, emerged from their cocoons, and have gone on their way. A couple weeks ago the garden was full of caterpillars!
Amazing things happen in this garden! The kids get to taste everything they grow. Fifth graders occasionally host farmers markets (to raise money for their end of the year party). They sell fruits, vegetables, and seedlings. Nothing tastes better than food you've grown yourself.... and I know a whole bunch of 8 and 9 year olds who would agree completely!
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