One of the most effective ways for teaching science to children is to “do” science with them. So, what is science? Science is simply taking the time to look closely at the natural world and then asking why are things the way they are. The next step is to make an educated guess as the answer, and finally, to test the answer to see if it is right. We follow this formula in our science classes. In fact, this is why it is called “inquiry-based science”.
Agriculture, “the cultivation of animals, plants, fungi, and other life forms for food, fiber, and other products used to sustain life” Wikipedia, provides a rich resource for doing science in the classroom. What better way to bring students face to face with the God of creation and the miracle of life that He has begun and continues to sustain, than actually growing things in the classroom.
We are planning a program for this coming year that will allow our students to carry on a successful gardening program. Basically, we will start plants from seed in a special “Grow Box” located in the classroom. From there, plants will be transplanted into a small greenhouse located along the south side of the school building. Then, weather permitting, plants will be moved out into the school’s garden.