Welcome to the Garden
Our Pre-School Gardens are a wonderful learning tool and life experience for children of all ages. Most children have a natural curiosity of plant and animal life that naturally translates into a love for gardening. This interest in gardening then carries over into the school subjects that are related to the garden. We have incorporated all of the traditional classroom learning topics including math, science, reading, language arts and social studies into our gardening activities. After visiting the garden, the children return to their classroom where the teachers re-emphasize the relationship between items in the garden and their classroom activities.
Most people, especially children, remember and understand better when they do things rather than just reading or hearing about them in class. Our pre-school garden provides a natural laboratory where children can apply the knowledge they learn in the classroom. From simple math problems to more complex science experiments, our garden is a jewel in our curriculum allowing children to apply theoretical knowledge to a real life situation.
How Gardening Is Incorporated Into Classroom Activities
Children use math as a planning tool for the garden. They learn about measurement, volume, weight, spacing, sequencing and other mathematical concepts.
Reading, Writing and Language Arts
The garden has a lot to talk about, read about and write about! The students will track the life cycle of the garden through classroom journals, pictures and personal experiences. We have a library of childrens’ story books that address gardening, fruits and vegetables that are incorporated into their curriculums.
The children will learn about other cultures through the foods and spices that are grown in the garden. They will also get a chance to cook with the herbs and vegetables as we celebrate the foods and traditions of other countries.
The garden is a laboratory in biology and ecology, weather and its effects, soil, energy, animals, insects and nutrition. The children often get to see the spiders and geckos that live in the garden beds.
The pre-school garden itself is a lesson in life skills. The students are responsible for their garden, and plants in it will live or die depending on their dedication. Through the garden, the children learn about accountability and respect for living things (plants and animals).
The History of our Garden
In Spring 2017, we completed the construction of our outdoor classroom with the assistance of a grant from the Texas Department of Agriculture.
Regardless of age, all of our children at West Oaks Private Pre School and Grandma”s House are involved in the planting, maintenance, and harvesting of our garden.
The children often take home herbs and vegetables from the pre-school garden and the school-age children will use them in their cooking activities.