CoursesOnline WorkshopsCurriculumTransform Your Backyard into a Teaching Garden Welcome to the Transform Your Backyard into a Teaching Garden Workshop 2 Lecture1.1 Workshop Recording Lecture1.2 Your Certificate This content is protected, please login and enroll course to view this content! Next Your Certificate 4 Comments Robin Stevens June 7, 2020 Log in to Reply Thank you for this! I intend to start some of these projects at home here in Port Credit, Ontario with my 4 year old son, and then hopefully upon return to the childcare centre when the government reopens the economy, I can implement some with my students in our playground. Take Aways: I love the idea of the Square Foot Garden and assigning a square to each child. Especially the idea of communicating with their “Square Neighbours”. There is so much individualized thought that can go into this square but then also the idea of working together and collaborating ie. What plants compliment each other? I like the Curriculum on the Go Kits and I will definitely be creating these once back in the classroom. Not only will these be helpful for us at the childcare centre but they can be leant out to families so that they can work together too. I really want to create some kits for quiet reflection with journals, clipboards, watercolours, etc. The word garden is a fabulous idea and I liked seeing how it was incorporated right into the garden. The quote “Children can’t bounce off walls if you take away the walls” is so powerful yet so such a simple concept. Thank you for all of these ideas. Robin Stevens, RECE Victoria Hackett June 11, 2020 Log in to Reply Terrific!!! Renee Schwartz May 9, 2020 Log in to Reply Takeaways: I loved the distinction of the four types of gardens, and agree that it’s a useful framework to corral the busyness of ideas that bounce around in your head when you start thinking about gardens as learning spaces. For rodents, we mash up a whole head of garlic and put it in a stray bottle filled with water, then let it ferment outside in the heat for three days. Then strain and spray the strong-smelling liquid around the perimeter of the garden several times a day for a week. There’s a great picture book about George Washington and his many experiments as a farmer as well. It is called Farmer George Plants a Nation by Peggy Thomas. Good fit for Upper Elementary. A nice book of poetry about spider webs is Spiders Spin Webs by Yvonne Winer. It has spiders from all around the world, and beautiful illustrations. Good for all ages! If you leave a fallen log in your garden space and just let it turn slowly back into soil, that is amazing to watch over the course of several years. A good book to accompany this is A Log’s Life by Wendy Pfeffer. I’m looking on your website for the button to follow the blog and receive notifications when you’ve written new posts. I dont see it, so I would love to know that link. Thanks so much for this course! Victoria Hackett May 9, 2020 Log in to Reply Thank you for the additional resources! I always believe we are each others best resource. Leave A Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.