Students and teachers at Western Reserve Elementary School are having some fun, thanks to a Veggie U program.
Tasting new and different vegetables, getting their hands dirty on planting days, glimpsing the secret underground life of worms and having fun while learning about life science are all part of the five-week program. Once the students “graduate” from Veggie U, they will know the importance of good nutrition, how vegetables are grown and what it takes to have real food reach their plate.
In addition to a hands-on, scientific approach to learning about plants and their components, the Veggie U curriculum incorporates extensive journal activities, mathematics, language and fine arts, providing an interactive and fun way for students to study these core concepts.
The classroom lessons include studies of soil, composting, planting, nutrition and plant anatomy. The students also care for a worm farm, raise a mini “crop” and celebrate the end of the program with a vegetable Feast Day. Funds were made available for the Veggie U Classroom Garden Program at Western Reserve Elementary through a donation by Geotrac Charitable Foundation.
Veggie U’s Classroom Garden curriculum was inspired by chefs and farmers and developed through the volunteer efforts of a nutritionist, doctor and experienced educators. The team recognized that children would greatly benefit from understanding the connection between what they consume and how that food is grown. Visit www.VeggieU.org for more information.