When our graduating fifth graders are asked, “What was your favorite subject in school?” many of them say “Recess.” We all know kids love to be outside, and integrating outdoor activities into the curriculum can foster engagement and real-world connections while almost feeling like recess.
As a gifted resource coordinator, I’ve been fortunate enough to start a school garden at our elementary school. We now have over 3,000 square feet of garden space, a certified monarch butterfly way station, and a large greenhouse. We’ve also developed ways to integrate technology into our students’ gardening experience.
Starting our School Garden
As a school with limited means, we were challenged with finding ways to fund our project. We wrote grants to our public school foundation, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Monarch Watch, and several others. There are many organizations that provide money or supplies for school gardens. Our fourth-grade students also made calls to