I really think this is one of the best ways to educate kids with disabilities. I wouldn't give it up for anything.

It's nice to see them develop. So many times my students aren't successful in the classroom, but they can be successful out here in the garden.

Using a School Garden to Teach Life Skills

M

ark Schweers, a Special Education Life-Skills Teacher, discussed the school garden he has been running with his students at Pine-Richland High School.

In his interview, Schweers talked about how his garden program aids in his students’ academic successes by providing them with practical applications for math, communication, and reasoning concepts. Schweers stated, "I really think this is one of the best ways to educate kids with disabilities.” Students work together by applying these skills to garden related projects. For example, in the classroom, students test their math and reading skills when they complete cooking projects using ingredients grown in their garden.

 

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Click on the green play button above.Gardening and cooking provide students with independent math and reading learning opportunities.

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The Peer Buddies program gives students opportunity for friendship and hands on learning experiences in the garden.

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Pine-Richland High School :: Basil plants: A close-up of some of the basil plants grown by Dan Hawkins and students in his special needs classes at Pine-Richland High School. Pine-Richland High School :: An overview of the Pine-Richland High School garden. Pine-Richland High School ::  A view of the Pine-Richland High School garden showing plants in paper cups, planters, and small pots. Pine-Richland High School ::  Another view of the Pine-Richland High School garden showing plants in paper cups, planters, and small pots.

Promising Practices