The transition back to school may be difficult for some of our children, and the garden at school and at home can be used for much more than just growing and harvesting vegetables. It is a great space for chilling, calming down, practicing mindfulness and taking a break.
This resource is developed primarily for teachers and, importantly, other school staff, to offer some tools and ideas for using the garden space as a place to benefit students in small groups or 1:1. However these ideas may also be helpful for children who are anxious about going back to school.Please read through the resources below, developed and curated by our Curriculum Development Manager Victoria, to help your child feel as cool as a cucumber, even if they start off as hot as a chilli!
This is only a part of the full, curriculum-linked resource, which is available to teachers on our Garden to Table Membership pages and also via our google classroom. If you are a teacher and would like to know more about the full resource, which includes links to the Health and Physical Education learning area, and Key Competencies, please contact us at [email protected]able.org.nz.
These ideas are not new, and a quick internet search will provide many more ideas and graphics that will help, but we have gathered, collated and modified the material to help you use your school gardens as a place of calm.