Outdoor learning, and spring cleaning in the garden
Posted by Riverdale School District on 4/12/2017
Last month, several of our teachers and parents (pictured below) attended a symposium on expanding students’ nature experience, creative ways to sustain outdoor spaces and optimizing creative play. Following that, the Outdoor Learning Committee has now met twice and is discussing how to support teachers and students in accessing the school grounds for learning opportunities and curriculum tie-ins. We sincerely appreciate of all of the auction success and contributions made by the community toward this endeavor.
Currently the committee needs more helping hands with small, ongoing projects and we hope you’ll consider joining us for a spring cleaning work party at 2:45 p.m. next Wednesday, April 19, in the garden area.
The committee also has larger projects and goals for the creation of an outdoor classroom – adding fencing to preserve the garden space (shelter from deer), and potentially adding playground shade trees. Your participation on the committee is welcome, as are all helping hands for the spring cleaning event next week.
What better way to welcome the spring than to do some learning in our outdoor classroom! With the guidance of Riverdale’s Garden Specialist, Lauren Rosenstein, our 3rd graders learned about what could help a cabbage plant grow to its fullest potential. They decided to test some variables, and they will observe, measure and record plant growth during their weekly visits to the garden this spring.
1) A control cabbage was planted all by itself with plenty of space
2) A number of cabbages are paired up with companion plants such as potatoes or beans
3) A couple of cabbages are planted close together
4) Some cabbages planted in the bioswale at the side of the building (a different soil composition).
This is a great introduction to the class’ Structures of Life unit that will be starting soon.