Resources for Preschool Garden Program
farmtopreschool.org | a comprehensive site on all things related to preschool learning gardens.
www.growing-minds.org | Growing Minds, a program of ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project), has lots of ideas and lesson plans for the preschool audience. They provide trainings to Head Start and preschool teachers - how to integrate school gardens, taste tests, farm field trips/farmer visits into the curriculum.
Growing Farm-to-Preschool | A four page "how-to" guide focused on creating a statewide farm-to-preschool program. Created by Ecotrust (2014), a Portland based.
Georgia Organics: Farm to Preschool
Portland State University just released a new curriculum that is very comprehensive and you should definitely check it out: www.harvestforhealthykids.org
Engaging Children in STEM education early!
A comprehensive yet brief article explaining the importance of engaging children early with science, technology, engineering, and math.
Natural Start Alliance
The Natural Start Alliance is a coalition of educators, parents, organizations, and others who want to help young children connect with nature and care for the environment. Natural Start is a project of the North American Association for Environmental Education.
Tips for volunteers in a Pre-K learning garden
Teaching 4-year olds to feel better | NPR Ed
Tips for teaching 3-4
Always state the rules of the game clearly. Preschoolers are very hyperactive and can easily wander about, so keep them in check consistently. State the rules and make the norms clear as often as possible throughout the day, especially during teaching sessions.
Catch them doing the right things. As with toddlers, preschoolers need affirmation. Always make specific comments that show that you appreciate their virtuous acts.
Some Basic Tips for Gardeners Working with Kids
http://www.netmums.com/activities/in-the-garden A-Z resource list including a month-by-month idea list. British based but still relevant seasonal activities.
There are a number of wonderful online resourses to look at beautiful gardens, view curricula and get ideas for outdoor classroom management including agintheclassroom.org as was mentioned. Also lifelab.org and edibleschoolyard.org have terrific materials online. Edible Schoolyard published a great book - The Growing Classroom - worth getting a copy of. There is another great resource from Ohio - http://www.grannysgardenschool.org/ - has dozens of well organized curricula by subject and grade, very helpful.
Great, simple, week-by-week lesson plans: http://bayfarm.alamedausd.ca.schoolloop.com/Kgarden
searchable database of books: http://growing-minds.org/childrens-literature/ You can also find loads of lesson plans here: http://growing-minds.org/lesson-plans-landing-page/
Another great resource is the weekly activity resource, This Week in the Garden: http://growing-minds.org/this-week-in-the-garden/
www.ode.state.or.us/go/f2sgardens . go to the "school gardens page" and then scroll down to "resources" on the right. It's the first thing you'll see listed there.
the book list is sorted by title, author, subject, grade level .
Delaware: One of our best Garden Coordinators is librarian Sharon Brubaker of Brader Elementary School. She's amassed a comprehensive list of garden related books and has developed terrific projects around the garden. Check out her garden Wikispace http://growwithbooks.wikispaces.com/
Jana a fantastic resource for you for lessons and book ideas is agclassroom.org. If you want information on a particular state's program just type in the agclassroom.org/then the two state initials. So for my state is is agclassroom.org/az.
We work with designing outdoor learning environements (OLE) in the early childhood setting and have a lot of information about best practices and how to information on our Green Desk and through our Infosheets. You can see examples of OLEs on our project pages, inlcuding the Shape NC Participating Centers. For nutrition specifically, the GoNappSac website has good resources as well.