King Learning Garden
Our primary goal for the King School Learning Garden is to educate our students and community about healthy living and help them understand environmental and social impacts along with health concerns that have become major issues in today’s society. We cultivate a deep level of understanding of the importance of a thriving ecosystem. By learning the value and importance of the biodiversity within our ecosystems, students develop a sense of interconnectedness and responsibility for all life. Connecting our students directly to the garden environment will inspire healthier food choices and help our students gain invaluable life-long learning skills. The garden will be available to all the students, families, and staff of King School. Participants are invited to the garden during the day, after school and on weekends. The garden will be maintained during the growing season. Workdays will be held to help with mapping out garden beds, planting seeds and seedlings, maintaining the garden, learning workshops, community picnics, and harvesting and eating the fruits and vegetables that are produced. Teachers will also have the opportunity to have their classes visit the garden at their leisure to gain inspiration for stories, art, writing, science, math, health, reading, and any other needs. The teacher representative on our garden planning committee work closely with grade level teachers to implement lesson plans and curricular connections to garden based learning. Students and teachers will also be able to utilize the garden in connection to lessons associated with each grade level. For example, kindergarteners will be able to utilize the garden in many ways including drawing and writing, math skills with counting, addition, and subtraction, healthy eating, science with soil, sand, and water. Not only will it allow for hands on learning, differentiated learning, it will also benefit students in sensory learning and movement.
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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3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA