Planting a school or community garden incorporates science education for those involved in the planting and harvesting process, but how can we make gardens even more educational? Spanish! According to the Department of Education, it’s vital to our economy that students are learning a second language as early as kindergarten through high school. For the United States to compete economically with other countries, children should have a world-class education, which includes superb education in math, science, reading, and language.
Life Lab, a leader in farm and garden based education, has provided a gardening guide for Garden-Based Education Resources and Growers and Market Gardeners translated into Spanish by trust-worthy sources. Among these gardening resources you will find “Getting Started,” “School Garden Start Up Guide,” “A Garden of Words,” and “National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service,” to name just a few.
These resources are key in the educational part of gardening. Whether you are a Spanish-speaking educator or looking to bring a different approach to gardening education, these translated guides and handouts are extremely useful!
The Life Lab Science Program offers a K-5 Garden Based Curriculum packet filled with all the teacher friendly resources necessary to educate students on the scientific concepts of growing a garden. These lessons are fit for indoor and outdoor settings, and they’re also available in Spanish!