Start a Classroom Garden This Spring!
- April 22, 2021
- Posted by: The Teachers Academy
- Category: Classroom Activities
Signs of spring are abounding everywhere you look. From the pleasant weather to the blossoming plant life, it’s impossible to ignore all the beauty that the natural world has to offer. As a teacher, there’s no better way to welcome the arrival of spring than to start your own classroom garden. With help from our complete course on creating a school garden, you can make your garden a reality. Here are some tips to help you get started.
Teaching is a demanding job. Each day can unleash any number of stressors, from curriculum headaches to scheduling challenges. With spring break around the corner, teachers have an opportunity to slough off the stress and improve
To get the most out of your classroom garden, you need to have a plan in place. Ask yourself what you want to plant and where you wish to plant it. Now is also a good time to seek out the resources you need for your endeavor. For example, if you need supplies or some gardening advice, consider reaching out to a local gardener. You can also find useful information from our professional development units for teachers if you’re wondering how to incorporate real-world lessons into gardening.
Gather the Right Supplies
Once you’ve outlined your goals, you can start gathering the supplies you need to support your objectives. The good news is that the cost of these supplies doesn’t need to come out of your own pocket. You can send your students home with a special assignment to pick up any gardening tools that they no longer use or reach out to your school board with a special request. Next, do plenty of research on what you want to plant and make sure that you have everything you need.
Once you’re set up, here are some tips on how to address the garden with your students.
If you want your garden to thrive, design a routine that you and your students can stick to over time. Once you establish a sense of consistency, you’ll find that both you and your kids look forward to gardening every day. This will enable you to dedicate the proper time and attention to your garden, from maintenance to harvesting.
Get the Most Out of Your Classroom Garden
Starting a classroom garden is a great opportunity to encourage teamwork and enrich your students by adhering to PA common core standards. Keep this guide handy as you get started on your school garden to ensure that you meet every one of your goals.