We had 3 areas at the front of the school where the kindergarten students play for recess that were bare of grass and plants. We decided that as part of the Outdoor Education program, we would involve the students in planting and caring for the gardens. We wanted to choose plants that would attract pollinaters, butterflies, and birds so the children could experience nature.
After applying for the grant, a parent who works for a landscaping company (and who has a child in kindergarten) offered to help with this project by volunteering his time and expertise. He also donated soil and mulch so that the funds could be used for the plants. He was able to get the plants for us at a reduced cost through his business.
We planted 4 Dens Yew, 8 Daylilies, 2 Blue Lavender, 4 Fall Sedum, 4 Bee Balm, 4 Purple Coneflowers, 2 Butterfly Bushes, and 8 Reed Grasses. Throughout the planting process, we were able to assess the children’s learning by observing and listening to them, taking photos and notes of the learning, and by asking them questions and involving them in discussions. We documented the learning on the iPad. Through this project, the children learned: math -measurement – how big does the hole need to be? how far apart do the plants need to be
– science – living/nonliving things, exploring insects, soil, what do plants need to grow, environmental awareness and stewardship
– oral language, writing signs
– personal and social – taking turns, sharing, working together
– physical – fine and gross motor skills