At Anne Sullivan School, we are very proud of the Children’s Garden. It has proven to be a beautiful outdoor space where the children can engage in a variety of learning experiences which include designing, planting, caring for the plants; harvesting, preparing and sharing food; working cooperatively in groups; learning about science and nutrition; and creating art and stories inspired by gardens. These activities in childhood can lead to positive interpersonal skills, pro-environmental attitudes and a lifetime of gardening!
We wanted to share our joy and expertise on gardening so that other children may have this opportunity. Anne Sullivan School hosted a Directors’ and Mentor Teachers' Meeting for Mount San Jacinto College and gave a Seminar on Children’s Gardening.
For this Seminar, Ms. Miriam prepared a Power Point Presentation. Using pictures from the garden, she showed how to prepare the soil, plant the seeds and transplant seedlings and shared what kinds of vegetables grow best in our area. She also gave recommendations on how to protect the plants from animals like gophers, bunnies and birds, as well as night frosts. Some of the slides included engaging family participation in building and maintaining the garden.
In addition, Ms. Miriam and Ms Alicia displayed in the Ladybug room how they connected the gardening experiences with literacy and music activities such as role-playing stories like The Carrot Seed and The Little Red Hen.
The Directors and Mentor Teachers greatly enjoyed the presentation and the room displays. They had the opportunity to walk through the garden, admire the plants and see how teachers use the compost to prepare fertile soil for the garden beds. Before going home, everyone took a box of small plants to start their own garden!