Hollyhocks and Honeybees: Garden Projects for Young Children

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This practical guide introduces teachers--with or without green thumbs--to the rich learning opportunities found in gardening with children. Learn how gardening provides a full curriculum, incorporating language and literacy, science and math, social sciences, and the arts, as well as physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development. Covers everything you need to know about planning, preparation, plant selection, growing zones, and pest control. Includes sample garden designs, recipes and activities, ideas...
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This practical guide introduces teachers--with or without green thumbs--to the rich learning opportunities found in gardening with children. Learn how gardening provides a full curriculum, incorporating language and literacy, science and math, social sciences, and the arts, as well as physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development. Covers everything you need to know about planning, preparation, plant selection, growing zones, and pest control. Includes sample garden designs, recipes and activities, ideas for parent and community involvement, and resource list.
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Learning how to grow things in a garden can provide a child with all sorts of tools that will be useful in his or her future life. It will also engender a respect for nature and all living things. This book gives teachers all sorts of ideas on how they might use creating a garden as a means to pass on these and many other fundamental ideas. The authors have provided the reader with an enormous amount of valuable and very interesting information about gardening and how creating a garden can be used in teaching. This should make the process, even for a newcomer to gardening, a pleasurable experience and an adventure to share with the children. Several potential projects are outlined and suggestions are made on how best to conduct the projects with the children. In addition to the projects themselves, teachers will find a section called "Universal Garden Learning Experiences" which is full of interesting mini projects that can be put together within any of the larger garden projects. There is also a recipe section to help teachers come up with ideas for cooking the fruits of the children's gardening efforts. In addition, there are several informative appendices at the back of the book listing children's books about gardening, reference books about garden creatures, gardening supply sources, seed sources, and a list of common and botanical names of plants mentioned in the book. All in all this is a wonderful resource for a teacher who wants to take the classroom outdoors and who also wants to bring the outdoors into the classroom. 2002, Redleaf Press,
— Marya Jansen-Gruber
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929610204
  • Publisher: Redleaf Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,448,425
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction ix
Chapter 1 Why Garden? 1
Physical, Social, and Emotional Development 1
Integrated Learning 3
Using the Project Approach with Gardening 5
The Role of the Teacher 6
Chapter 2 Engaging Children in Gardening 21
Fostering Children's Interest in Gardening 21
Engaging Children in the K-W-L Process 22
Fieldwork 29
Graphing with Children 33
Chapter 3 Planning Your Garden 37
Involving Children in the Planning Process 47
Deciding on Your Approach 48
Selecting the Garden Site 49
Types of Gardens 52
The Final Choice 55
Chapter 4 Building Your Garden 57
Constructing Different Types of Gardens 58
Plant Selection 63
Chapter 5 Working with Children in the Garden 71
Planting the Garden 71
Every Day in the Garden 74
Supervising Children in the Garden 74
Maintaining the Garden 76
Garden Creatures 79
Harvesting 88
Drawing the Project to a Close 92
Chapter 6 Frequently Asked Questions 97
What is happening in the rest of the classroom while the garden project is going on? 97
How do I work the garden project into the daily routine? 99
What if some of the children aren't interested in gardening? 100
What adjustments should I make if my children are younger or older than the children at CDL? 101
What do we do if our school doesn't operate during the summer? 104
What can we do in the winter when there is no garden? 105
How will the garden be different after the first year? 105
How do I prevent damage to the garden from outsiders? 106
Chapter 7 Universal Garden Learning Experiences 109
Exploring Plants 110
Exploring What Plants Need to Grow 122
Exploring Garden Creatures 129
Chapter 8 Recipes 149
Recipes for the Garden 149
Recipes for Eating 151
Recipes for Fun 156
Appendix 1 Children's Books about Gardens and Garden Creatures 159
Appendix 2 Reference Books about Garden Creatures 163
Appendix 3 Garden and Environmental Educational Books and Supplies 165
Appendix 4 Seeds and Garden Supplies 169
Appendix 5 Common and Botanical Names of Plants Mentioned 173
Appendix 6 Poisonous Plants 177
Index 183
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