Garden

1000649_1390912960936470_3920948158853881722_nOctober News from Hiteon Garden

We now have 2 working compost bins! They can be used used to support core academic training, particularly in science and math. They can also aid in teaching ecosystems, decomposition, environmental and ecological awareness. It provides an empowering context for students that encourages a sense of connection as well as responsibility towards their social and physical environment.

The students helped fill them when clearing out the spring and summer plants from their garden. Since the start of the school year, students have harvestedthumbnail_20160916_121136-1 and enjoyed the fruits of last years labor. There were tomatoes offered in the school cafeteria and an abundance of sunflower seeds. The legacy  pumpkins planted by last year’s 5th graders are also being enjoyed. When  harvesting the plants, we  discovered a wonderful ecosystem full of spiders, springtails, pill bugs, centipedes, even a few frogs! Watch this YouTube video with your students on springtails  then stop by our garden, enjoy, and take a closer look. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwOL-MHcQ1w

Our Garden

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.

We currently have 5 garden boxes located at the Southwest corner of our school (in the back by the playground).

This is our 2nd year! In the past, 5th grade students have been able to plant a variety of plants including radishes, peas, lettuce, sunflowers, onions, and cosmos. The 5th graders also harvested a delicious salad for their Conestoga celebration day.

We recently purchased a compost tumbler which can be used to support core academic training, particularly in science and math. It could also aid in teaching ecosystems, decomposition, environmental and ecological awareness. It provides an empowering context for students that encourages a sense of connection as well as responsibility towards their social and physical environment.

A special gift was planted for next years students – giant pumpkins!

Also, we have been given approval to add produce to our lunch cafeteria next year!

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