Gardening can be so educational. There is a ton of knowledge to be learned no matter your age. I am still learning and as I learn my kids are learning alongside me. We use all knowledge sources to learn from, from people around us to books, documentaries, and courses. Knowledge is never wasted. A homeschool gardening curriculum that you and your children can use together is an amazing experience for you and your children.
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Homeschool Gardening Curriculum
Garden Curriculum Books
The School Garden Curriculum – offers a unique and comprehensive framework, enabling students to grow their knowledge throughout the school year and build on it from kindergarten to eighth grade. From seasonal garden activities to inquiry projects and science-skill building, children will develop organic gardening solutions, a positive land ethic, systems thinking, and instincts for ecological stewardship.
The Garden Classroom – Packed with garden-based activities that promote science, math, reading, writing, imaginative play, and arts and crafts, The Garden Classroom offers a whole year of outdoor play and learning ideas—however big or small your garden. (We love this book so much!)
How to Grow a School Garden – Two school garden pioneers offer parents, teachers, and school administrators everything they need to know to build school gardens and to develop the programs that support them. Both schools and parents have a unique opportunity to cultivate an awareness of our finite resources, reinforce values of environmental stewardship, help students understand concepts of nutrition and health, and to connect children to the natural world.
Learning Gardens and Sustainability Education – Offering a fresh approach to bringing life to schools and schools to life, this book goes beyond touting the benefits of learning gardens to survey them as a whole-systems design solution with the potential to address myriad interrelated social, ecological, and educational issues. The theoretical and conceptual framework presented creatively places soil at the center of the discourse on sustainability education and learning garden design and pedagogy.
Free Homeschool Gardening Curriculum
KidsGardening.org – Materials for grades 1-4 are available, but it does have a lot more for grades 1-3 than it does for grades 4. But as a homeschooler, you just might be able to make it work for whatever grades you need it for. The lessons are full lessons. Including an overview, the objective, materials, how to explore the subject and so much more.
Gardening Course for You – “Your garden should add to life and be a blessing, not a burden that steals from you! It should be something you and your whole family ENJOY!!! Giving you nourishment and pleasure while SAVING you tons of money!
We will start at the foundation.. with your soil and how to properly prepare a healthy soil then move into everything planting… who, what, when, where, why, and how… then we will move into dealing with all the common problems like irrigation, pest, disease, and fertilizer.. all the way up to basic seed saving…. all that while working smarter not harder with organic minded methods.
We all pick out our own seeds, the kids too of course because it is also their garden. They’ll be working it, planning it, and enjoying the harvest come late summer, or early autumn. I made this gardening made easy binder for you and your kids.
One way to get them interested is to do some garden arts and crafts with them. That’s what we are going to do now, get kids interested in gardening by creating crafts for the garden and including them in the process.