Extending the classroom is part of quality education, and learning science and math in the school garden is a great way to reinforce and enjoy lessons.
At Corte Madera School the garden is growing not only flowers and vegetables, but also the knowledge of the fifth graders in Nancy Rhode’s class about math, art, science, and other subjects.
While helping Ms. Rhodes and art teacher Brigid Horgan to revitalize the garden, lessons in reading, writing, science, and engineering have also been covered.
The garden is part of project based learning, tying hands on learning with academic subjects. With a grant to put in new plants, soil and an irrigation system, the students got to work getting the garden going after it had been inactive.
The garden project is called “A Symbiotic Garden: Designed for a Purpose.” The goal is to answer the question: Can animals live without plants, and can plants live without animals? To answer the question, students designed different planting beds to attract animals to the garden, in order to answer the question.