Parents can bring learning outdoors with a garden. Math, science, reading, art, and life skills are all academic areas that can be enriched with a garden classroom. Small space?
There really is a LOT you can fit in a small raised garden bed.
What's In Our Garden?Our gardens here in the South are in full swing. The kids are harvesting peppers, cherry tomatoes, beets, onions, herbs, zucchini, green beans, and a couple strawberries almost every other day. Here at the Educators' Spin On It we strongly believe in the benefits of gardening with kids and blog about it often. In fact, I just checking this morning and we have 35 posts related to Kids in the Garden! So if you are looking for some inspiration - you have come to the right place!
We don't have a very big yard, but are making due with several raised garden beds. There are some great books and websites about companion gardening and which plants grow well with others, but in all honesty, I just let my kids plant things where they want to plant. This means that I have stuff growing everywhere. It may not be the prettiest garden, but it is theirs! We added the blueberry bushes a couple years ago and just got a few this year due to our unusual weather this winter and spring. (So we picked at a local farm!) Every year we try one new plant to see if we like it and we can grow it. The cow peas were our last adventure. We had so much fun with them and are now trying the purple ones!!!
Raised Garden Beds
Vegetables We Grow:
I have found there are not a lot of resources for parents and teachers to use to teach academic content while gardening with kids and in addition to blogging about kids in the garden, have created my own resources to use with my children that are available for purchase at my Teachers Notebook Store (There are free items too!) There is a carrot pack, a potato pack, a gardening journal and much more! If you are interested in something that we do not currently offer, please send me an e-mail and I would be more than happy to create something to meet you and your children's needs!