Eastside Christian School Garden
The Eastside Christian School garden offers a fun and educational school program that allows students to engage in a unique learning environment. Students learn a variety of subjects while appreciating and connecting with nature and unplugging from technology. A school garden is a valuable asset. It is a living laboratory where students can tackle a variety of subjects in a real world situation. Many life skills and virtues can be taught naturally, while working in the healthful outdoors with others. Gardening can bring any aspect of the curriculum to life. For example, figuring out how far apart to plant seeds or calculating the weight of harvested vegetables sharpens math skills. Learning whether it's the right season to plant peas or squash teaches science and connects students to the seasonal rhythm of nature. Vocabulary improves and language lessons are learned through the introduction of gardening terms, e.g. photosynthesis and germination. Geography and History aren't just subjects in a book; learn about Brussels sprouts and also the origins of the potato. Children gain self-confidence, learn responsibility through environmental stewardship, learn focus and patience, cooperation, teamwork and social skills. Students who grow their own organic garden learn the facts and benefits of organic food. Students who harvest the fruits (and vegetables) of their labor are more likely to make healthier food choices, be more physically active, and consume more vegetables.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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