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Middle School Vegetable Gardens

By May 21, 2024May 28th, 2024No Comments

Springtime at ASM brings a lot of activity, highlighted by the blooming lilacs outside my office, which I often bring inside. This season is also an important time for our outdoor environmental activities that are crucial to our educational philosophy.

In our school vegetable gardens, you’ll see our students from the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades deeply involved in the hands-on learning process. Under the minimal supervision of their inspiring teacher, Richelle Records, the students test the soil, till it, and prepare the beds for planting. Observing from my office, it is clear that these students thrive on responsibility, managing their tasks with serious commitment and evident joy.

Our unique ‘Land Study’ program embodies this spirit. Inspired by Maria Montessori’s advocacy for outdoor learning, this program offers students enriching experiences that foster an appreciation for nature and develop essential life skills. Working collaboratively in the garden, students not only enhance their communication and teamwork abilities but also connect with their environment in meaningful ways. The benefits of such experiences are many and integral to our curriculum at ASM. We ensure every student recognizes the value of their environment and learns to protect and appreciate the natural world.