Fresh Shoots for School
For many children August is back-to-school time and once again summer fades into a distant memory as kids start the new school year with a brand new teacher. An apple for the teacher is an old fashioned way to get into teachers good books, but a fresher and greener idea would be to give a teacher the gift of a plant or flower, which would be a gift for the classroom too.
Tending to plants and flowers teaches a child about responsibility, continuity and the wonder of nature; for some inner city children it is the closest they will get to nature. Children are like fresh shoots, tender and eager to get on with the business of growing; so bringing gardening into the classroom is a wonderful reminder of how all things need to be cared for and looked after well in order to thrive.
An herb garden is a wonderful way to get kids aware of the link between growing plants and eating food. Many kids have little idea how food arrives on grocery shelves, so fast growing herbs are a great introduction to growing food from seed to table. They are fragrant, pretty and edible, three things kids will love.
Being a room mother is a big responsibility and one that involves helping the teacher and students in various projects over the school year. Encouraging the teacher to bring plants, flowers or an edible garden into the classroom is a wonderful idea. Room mothers everywhere can help with the maintenance of the classroom garden and it will be a great gift to both the students and the teacher. Seed packets, bulbs and containers are a wonderful classroom gifts as students can really learn about how things grow from beginning to end.
Growing a greener classroom is a wonderful way to help our kids learn lessons beyond those found in books. As children grow so does the world around them and as future custodians of the planet it will take their love and commitment to keep it a flourishing and beautiful place.