I’m on the left coast this week conducting an Urban Kinder-Garden Workshop with Miss Avalos’ Kindergarten class at Kester Ave Elementary School in Sherman Oaks, CA.
Miss Avalos is tying the garden into the curriculum for her students.
The first part of the project was having her student paint the containers, which helps them to express themselves creatively.
Science and Language Arts
“One of the cool things is that it also teaches about seasons and weather,” said Miss Avalos. “We are getting everything that is in season.”
Her class will be keeping a plant journal and talking about the parts and life cycles of the plants.
“Also the idea of taking care of our earth. We can do something local. We don’t have to waste fuel to get the food to us,” said Miss Avalos.
The workshop and garden will also help the kids with their team building skills. They’ll have to work together to plant and maintain the garden.
She’ll also be tying in math activities like how much they’ve gotten out of each plant.
“A lot of these kids haven’t been exposed to anything but iceburg lettuce. This is a whole new experience for them.
Some of the kids will also learn about having responsibilities as well. When winter break rolls around in a few weeks, some will get the chance to take the containers home to care for them.
When I was in elementary school, we just got the chance to take home a hamster.
The workshop will be broken down into two days with the first focusing on building the self-watering containers with the parents. After the containers are built, I’ll go over how the containers are made, how they work, about how they are reusing materials and the environmental impact of them.
Day two of the workshop will revolved around planting and setting up a worm composting bin.
It’ll be interesting to see how the kids react to the worms. I know that they still kind of freak me out.
My secret plan (well not so secret anymore) is that the kids have such a great time that they pester their parents to start their own gardens at home.
It’s all about getting people back in touch with their food source.