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  • 1.  Ideas for teaching and/or creating GARDEN RULES?

    Posted 03-24-2021 07:45:00 PM
    I was just wondering if anyone has some experience or tips they would like to share about introducing GARDEN RULES to students. I personally like to have this be a mix of non-negotiable safety rules along with some ideas the students come up with themselves. This allows them to be part of the process, and more likely to comply.

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    Pam Hosimer
    SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator and Master Gardener
    University of Maryland Extension
    Derwood, MD
    301-367-4874
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  • 2.  RE: Ideas for teaching and/or creating GARDEN RULES?

    Posted 03-25-2021 08:15:00 AM
    I worked at a school where the garden area also had a shade house that had a gravel ground covering. So when I asked the kids what they thought should be the rules, this is what they came up with:
    1. Keep your feet on the ground. (Some kids wanted to sit on the tables in the shade house.)
    2. Don't pick up anything unless the teacher tells you to. 
    3. If you break rule number 2, don't throw it!

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    Karen Hamilton
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  • 3.  RE: Ideas for teaching and/or creating GARDEN RULES?

    Posted 03-25-2021 11:06:00 AM
    What a wonderful idea to include the children in the rules... keeping everyone safe and healthy, you can learn and have more fun!

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    Monica Wince
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  • 4.  RE: Ideas for teaching and/or creating GARDEN RULES?

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    Posted 03-25-2021 10:55:00 AM
    Hi Pam, one strategy for teaching/creating garden rules that I've embraced for groups is co-creating rules via a process of brainstorming and group choice. I would typically dedicate upwards to 20 minutes for this activity and would have paper, pencils/markets, and a large poster board on hand. Essentially, I'll start by challenging all students to come up with three rules for navigating the garden space (things that will keep us, our supplies, and the plants growing here safe and things that will help us have fun). Then I'll group kids into small teams of 3-4, have them each share their three ideas with each other and jointly select three ideas to share with the entire group. All teams would have the opportunity to present their three suggestions, I'd write them up on the poster board, and then as a large group we'd see what 4-5 or so rules we could all agree upon (there's usually redundant suggestions so it's pretty easy to gravitate towards some key rules). From there we're write these finalized rules on a new piece of poster board and come up with a fun title (Great Garden Guidelines, Team X's Garden Pledge, etc.). Everyone could sign this "document" or you could have everyone do a repeat after me verbal agreement... depending on the age group it can be fun to make this sound kinda serious, something along the lines of "I solemnly swear, to do my best, each and every time I come to the garden to follow our Great Garden Guidelines."

    On a side note, for me I always try to steer kids towards my favorite three guidelines:

    - Keep your walking feet on the garden pathways
    - Ask before you use a tool or pick a plant
    - Be kind (whether that be your peers, the tools, a worm, etc.--when discussing this last one, I'd always try and get kids to share examples of what being kind actually looks like, sounds like, etc.)

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    Christine Gall
    KidsGardening
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  • 5.  RE: Ideas for teaching and/or creating GARDEN RULES?

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    Posted 04-23-2021 09:53:00 PM
    Hi Pam!

    I like to call them "Garden Agreements" as it creates more accountability on the student's part.  I agree that soliciting input also creates a sense of ownership for both themselves and everything that lives in the garden. I like to let students go first and they usually do say the most important safety rules themselves! Having some signage around where students congregate or circle up is always a good reminder :)

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    Lily Nguyen
    KidsGardening
    Education Specialist
    lilyn@kidsgardening.org
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  • 6.  RE: Ideas for teaching and/or creating GARDEN RULES?

    Posted 10-23-2021 03:15:00 PM
    I like garden rules that phrase things positively rather than as "Don't do this." Here is an example I found on the internet.
    Garden rule sign with kid-friendly artwork


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    Christina Abuelo
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  • 7.  RE: Ideas for teaching and/or creating GARDEN RULES?

    Posted 10-24-2021 11:38:00 AM
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    Here are the 4 rules that we came up with for our garden...I think it usually covers most of the situations that arise in the garden.  We say it is our Hawk Gathering Garden Guide too to soften "Rules" and the art club helped to make the sign for us. I often talk about not having enough tools for everyone at the same time or not everyone can have the mixing job today but we can share. 
    Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Respectful and Have Fun!
    Thanks!

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    Pamela Cooley
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  • 8.  RE: Ideas for teaching and/or creating GARDEN RULES?

    Posted 10-24-2021 12:16:00 PM
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    Sorry my photo doesn't seem to want to upload. I will try again.

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    Pamela Cooley
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  • 9.  RE: Ideas for teaching and/or creating GARDEN RULES?

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    Posted 10-25-2021 11:18:00 AM
    One of my favorite ways to keep garden agreements at the top of my class's mind was to add movement to them. We kept ours pretty simple: touch plants gently and walk around the plants. Every time we would go out to the garden we would all actively practice how to touch a plant gently by pretending our hands were butterflies, very delicate and soft. Then we would practice walking around plants where we were by walking slowly, observing our surroundings, and looking where we were stepping.

    I found this to be a great way to transition my class from inside to out and also the movements gave them the tangible skills necessary to follow the agreements.

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    Sarah Lane
    KidsGardening
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  • 10.  RE: Ideas for teaching and/or creating GARDEN RULES?

    Posted 10-25-2021 11:32:00 PM
    Hi Pamela, 
    I'm getting an error message on your attachments. What kind of file is it?

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    Christina Abuelo
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