Children need to experience nature, and gardening is a good way to encourage them to engage with the earth, plants and animals.
Gardening classes, as taught in Waldorf schools from classes 6 to 10, help children develop many important skills, including sensory perception and motor skills, as well as an understanding of ecology and agriculture. How can such a complex subject be taught well and effectively?
In a clear structure—which includes the history of school gardens, aspects of child development, and practical help on teaching methods, lesson planning for different age groups, and maintaining the garden itself—Birte Kaufmann offers many useful tips and suggestions for new or developing gardening teachers.
C O N T E N T S:
1. A History of School Gardens
2. The Experience of the Natural World
3. Why Teach Gardening in Schools?
4. Gardening and Adolescent Development
5. Various Teaching Methods
6. Lesson Planning and Delivery
7. Planning Lessons for Different Age Groups
8. Gardening Lessons in Different Schools
9. The Skills of the Gardening Teacher
10. Gardening Lessons in the Whole School Context
11. Working with Other Schools and Further Training
Gardening Lessons in Waldorf Schools: An Overview
Survey of Gardening in Waldorf Schools in Germany
Birte Kaufmann was born in Muenster, Germany in 1976. She studied agriculture then trained to be a Waldorf class teacher and gardening teacher in Hamburg. She has taught gardening in schools for over a decade, and also lectures widely.