We Grew It!: Enrichment Through Gardening in Elementary School

TitleWe Grew It!: Enrichment Through Gardening in Elementary School
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsKozak, MScott, McCreight, J
JournalApplied Environmental Education & Communication
Pagination29 - 37
Date Published2013/01/01/
ISBN Number1533-015X
AbstractAlthough environmental education in lower grade levels is increasing, many students are often only told about the origination and lives of vegetables and animals and others are still not being reached (Kahn, 2009; Malone & Tranter, 2003). In this article, we share how kindergarten through second graders and their families chose to guide the process of creating a garden as part of a school-wide, interest-based enrichment model. We argue that in the garden, students’ knowledge of the environment became more nuanced as they collaborated with family members, problem-solved, made decisions, and engaged directly with the earth.