This Gardening with Kids course covers how the basics on getting started and giving young children hands-on experiences in the garden.
All Head Start and Early Head Start programs work to create community, encourage healthy habits, and teach children and families new skills. A garden is the perfect way to meet all three of those objectives! Garden Basics, a course offered in partnership with The Scotts-Miracle Gro Foundation and KidsGardening through the GroMoreGood Initiative, gives early educators interested in bringing gardening to their programs with a basic understanding of how to get started, including guidance on seeking funding to support their project. Come join other ‘green thumb Head Start staff’ on this fun, engaging journey!
- Course Level: Beginner
- Requirements/Prerequisites: None
- Target Audience: Instruction and Effective Practice, Parents and Families, Support Services
- Course Meeting Times: None
- Completion Timeline/Duration: One month
- Head Start Alignment: Gardening can support young children’s learning across various Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF) learning domains, including: Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development; Language and Communication; Cognition; Approaches to Learning; Social and Emotional Development
- Benefits of Gardening and Steps to Starting a Kids Garden
- Garden Options
- Funding a Garden Program
- Implementing the Garden Program
- Discover the benefits of gardening with young children and learn about the steps to starting a sustainable youth garden program.
- Explore different types of gardens and learn how to select the right garden and plants for your space.
- Investigate different ways to fund and gather supplies for a garden program.
- Dig into garden themes, educational support resources, and ways to connect the garden to your existing teaching objectives.
4 Hours of Course Material
Months of Access to Course