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Here is another example of an engaging practice that, from a professional experience, fosters students’ SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT. By school engagement we mean students’ observable participation in school activities, sense of belonging to classmates and teachers, and valuing success in school-related goals.
It is implemented by: Teacher
It is directed at students aged: 3-5
Target group: focused on 2 groups
Main subjects involved: Maths, Science and technology, Arts, Physical education, Social skills, Digital skills
ICT involvement: yes
Description of the practice: The “Garden Garden” activity was initiated on 3-05-2021. With the reuse of bathtubs, at the end of their cycle, we installed a “living laboratory” in the form of a vegetable garden for learning science. We started the project with one bathtub and now there are three. The garden allows children to put their hands in the earth and learn how to cultivate, care for and harvest, so that they can later help prepare meals with the food produced. It also works on responsibility, contact with nature and awareness of the need to guarantee healthy food, through essentially pedagogical activities, with some playful character, which allow them to build up a lot of knowledge in an intuitive, practical, attractive and experimental way.
Stage 1 -Experience – Planting/seeding.
Stage 2 – Observation – Field work – Growing process of the planted/sown produce.
Stage 3 – Result – Harvesting
Stage 4 – Practical use – Cooking meals.
Stage 5 – Sharing the cooked meals amongst the children and sometimes with the family.
We all developed the project taking into account the implementation of sustainability routines in the Kindergarten and consequently in the families and the Community.
Accessible to any student: yes
Meaningful participation for every student: yes
Why? All children are involved in the sowing/planting process and all are involved in various tasks for which they take responsibility. Through observation_ field work we can observe the participation of students.