Turning Point School Blog
If you have been on campus lately, you may have noticed more activity in our garden. Our Parent Association Garden Committee has been working hard alongside Coach Snyder to make improvements to the overall layout and structure of the garden, expanding opportunities for our students to get their hands in the dirt as they explore topics of life cycle, growth, and sustainability.
Students are excited to watch the growth of seeds they have planted: basil (second grade), lettuce and chard (kindergarten), and iceberg lettuce and pak choi (first grade). In addition, our middle school Community Leadership and Life Science classes have played an important role in amending the garden and overseeing the middle school composting program. These students are excited to harvest our produce, if all goes as planned, just in time for Grandfriends’ Day. Our Primary students have also been doing outstanding work composting their organic waste after lunch.
Teachers are also utilizing the garden space to bring academics to life. Our youngest students are learning what plants need in order to thrive (sun, water, soil and air) and discussing the life cycle of a plant as they watch their own plants grow. First graders are currently using the garden to illustrate a science lesson on qualitative and quantitative measurements. They visited the garden to record how many objects they observed, ordering items from common to uncommon, and smallest to largest.
We look forward to incorporating the garden into more of our students’ academic learning and discovery this year, across all grade levels. We are also grateful to our PA Garden Committee for all the time and effort they are so generously providing, as we continue to improve and expand this valuable resource.