Gardens as Classrooms

We have put the Birches garden to sleep for the winter, but we were interested to read in the New York Times yesterday about the proliferation of rooftop gardens and miniature farms in New York City. Educators are understanding how much children can learn by planting, caring for, and harvesting a garden. Children can perform science experiments, for example, with wind and solar energy. Gardens can provide materials for numeracy lessons, as we learned when we estimated, then counted, and graphed numbers of seeds from different vegetables in our garden. Gardens can also provide subject matter for drawing and painting and for stories. Birches students collaborated writing a story inspired by an encounter in our garden with a mother vole and her two babies.

For further information, please read this New York Times article.