Garden in Education

Our garden program allows students to work with parents in small groups to investigate science, social studies, and language arts by learning in our outdoor classroom.  Each classroom has their section of the garden where they plant, tend, and harvest vegetables year round.

Located at the front of our school is a large garden with seven raised beds and an outdoor classroom. Additionally, each classroom has a small potted garden outside their door. Parents work in conjunction with teachers to design lessons linked to our social studies, history, and science curriculums. Students study, plant, maintain, and harvest produce throughout the year. As they learn about the plants in the garden, students make observations in their notebooks, write poetry, and read books about how each plant is used in food production, history, and in different cultures.

Science.  Math.  Language arts.  Social studies.  Various components in the core curriculum are an integral part of PACT's unique gardening curriculum, where children use multiple senses to reinforce what they have learned in the classroom.  

Theresa gives a demo class

Stevenson PACT parent Theresa L has been creating lots of fun lessons for parent volunteers to use when they take kids out to the garden. 

(More to come.)

We are excited that our school is part of the movement toward creating organic gardens as a teaching tool. Read some Gardening Journal, or an excellent history piece about PACT Garden at Castro.