What is Learn-2-Grow?
Learn-2-Grow is the initial engagement a student has in Community Bridges programming. The goal is to introduce kindergarten students to the basics of gardening & bring awareness to the importance of caring for our environment.
Each month, they are led through three different stations of activities & read a story centered on a specific topic. The program is designed to equip the students with a basic understanding of what is required for a plant to grow in a garden—from insects to soil; from weeding & watering; from patience to a successful harvest!
As students continue on their educational journey, they will experience a Community Bridges program from kindergarten through fourth grade. Each program’s curriculum is intentionally designed to build on & deepen students’ knowledge from year to year. It also provides the opportunity to build relationships with students & their community.
Each month the students learn about a different topic. Here's what they've learned so far!
All About Seeds
The students learned about seeds & the importance of sunlight & rainwater for growth. They sorted seeds, planted their own sunflower or zinnia seed & examined different vegetable & fruit seeds with a magnifying glass.
All About Fruit
The students learned that fruits come in all shapes, sizes & colors. They created their own apple core, played a fruit matching game, & colored a coloring packet of different colored fruit.
All About Pumpkins
The students learned about the stages of growth. Specifically, the lifecycle of a pumpkin. They made their own pumpkin bracelets & pumpkin seed packets!
All About Pollinators
The students learned what pollinators are & what they do in order for us to grow food. They decorated & glued together a butterfly, played a pollination game, and colored a pollination story book.
Under the Ground
The students learned about things that grow & live under the ground. They created their own veggie garden, played a bingo game, & made an earth worm.
All About Chickens
The students learned all about chickens by playing a rooster vs. hen question game. They also created their own chicken & learned the about the chicken lifecycle.
Flower Pot Recap
The students decorated a flower pot with stickers to remind them of all the lessons we have had up to this point. They not only decorated those flower pots, but added soil & planted basil seeds!
Our Community Garden
The students created a class community garden. They each chose a spot on the paper & their gardens came to life! They added fruits, vegetables, flowers, bees, butterflies, & many other things you'd find in a garden! The students learned that they could come together & create something beautiful.
For the final session, the students were given a baggie, wet cotton balls, & green bean seeds to be able to watch the seeds sprout over the next few days. Like the seeds, the students will continue to grow & flourish! They were super excited to learn that after summer break they will be in our Farm-2-Table program! Since the students 'graduated', we celebrated by handing out certificates of completion & lollipops!
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