The Garden Project Face-to-Face Training
The Garden Project Face-to-Face Training
Bringing kids closer to nature has never been more important. In this workshop, educators will be given the step-by-step process of how to create an edible garden and develop numerous planned and spontaneous growing activities with children ages 3-6yrs old, all whilst nurturing empathy and collaboration in the classroom! In addition, educators teaching English as a foreign language are given the resources to introduce English in the most natural context!
The Garden Project
Children have an innate love towards nurturing plants. Every stage of growing things gives children a sense of purpose and satisfaction and is a fantastic way to involve parents in the educational process as it may even inspire them to start growing their own edible garden at home!
This workshop gives educators the step-by-step guide on how to create their own mini edible garden-in-the-box, using recycled materials, as well as numerous planned and spontaneous growing activities with children to enrich their learning experience.
Taught in a collaborative environment, the workshop is subdivided into 4 modules:
1. Science & Nature: The Edible Garden-in-a-Box
Educators are given the step-by-step process of how to create your mini-edible classroom garden out of an old vegetable crate as well as the key horticultural and gardening skills that go with it.
2. Tactile Art: Suspended Garden Installation
Participants explore how to use plastic bottles, dirt and plants to create the most incredible art installations that serve a double purpose: growing your vegetables, aesthetically!
3. Music: Vegetable Sound Exploration
Did you know that a carrot can be transformed into a flute? Together we will learn about pitch and timbre through vegetables and other natural materials.
4. Early Maths: Measuring Empathy with Water and Early Numeracy Skills
Maths and science will come together into a lesson on empathy and patience by combining it with caring for living organisms.
5. Growing Language Skills
In addition, ELL educators will be given the hands-on strategies on how to introduce English in the most natural context by fully immersing the children in English through creative movement & TPR and specially adapted stories.
Learning Contexts and Cross-disciplinary Approach
Our workshop is designed to show you how to create contexts that sustain learning processes through the application of a variety of skills, disciplinary knowledge and competencies. Together we will combine Gardening + Math & Science + Art + Sound Exploration to nurture collaboration and empathy in your classroom!
What The Garden Project Workshop gives you:
View a sample of the The Teacher's Manual
- A 1-day workshop: 6hrs day, subdivided into four 1.5hr sessions each.
- Early years practitioners are grouped into Learning Groups of no more than 20 participants each, to facilitate the technical apprenticeship conducted by our Hoopla Education Experts and concluding with a group collaborative session (a Garden-In-The-Box per 4-5 participants)
- Run by Hoopla Education Experts with unique backgrounds who weave cross-disciplinary activities with the use of an edible garden and other everyday materials. Disciplines include: conceptual art, creative movement, science & nature and music & sound exploration.
- Every participant will receive a The Garden Project Teacher's Book which is a 175-page teacher's manual that provides early years practitioners with spontaneous and structured lesson plans to apply the specialised skills and techniques acquired throughout the workshop.
- The workshop is taught in a collaborative environment by “emotionally, intellectually and aesthetically" engaging the participants through the creation of an edible Garden-In-A-Box as well as a 3-D hanging-garden installation using recyclable materials.
- Alignment of the Garden Project with early childhood education goals.
- Join a community of like-minded individuals to share children’s project outputs
- Access to online video tutorials
- The Hoopla Education Certificate of Completion