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  • 1.  Literacy in Gardens Community Chat!

    Posted 01-19-2023 02:52:00 PM
    Join your fellow gardeners this upcoming Tuesday, 1/24 @ 3PM ET for our first Community Chat of 2023! We'll be chatting about literacy in any gardening setting - homes, schools, libraries, etc. Bring your questions and ideas for book-themed gardens, favorite reading and writing activities in the garden, creating special reading spaces, and anything else you'd like to discuss. From those new to gardening to seasoned educators, everyone is welcome!

    Feel free to share any ideas or photos of your literary gardens/activities for inspiration in this thread or in this Jamboard.

    Sign up below:
    (If you're interested but can't attend, feel free to sign up to let us know what questions you have or if you're interested in a recording of the Chat)

    1/24/23 3PM EST

    Amelia Dupuis
    Kids Garden Community Manager

  • 2.  RE: Literacy in Gardens Community Chat!

    Posted 01-25-2023 12:01:00 PM
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    I, unfortunately, was not able to attend yesterday's Community Chat but I just watched the recording and - wow! - so many great ideas for literary connections in the garden! Huge thank you to Valerie Bang-Jensen, Jennifer Tianen, KidsGardening staff, and all of the Community members who asked fantastic questions and shared so much information. 

    The recording of the Chat is attached, resources shared are linked below, and time stamps for the recording are also available. If you have more questions and ideas to share, drop them in this thread or add to this Jamboard (especially if you have photos to share!).

    Info from the topic specialists:

    • Valerie - Here's a link to the slide deck she shared. Her contact info and website are provided at the end of the slides.

    • Jennifer - She runs the West Bloomfield Literary Garden and you can check out this amazing garden program on Instagram (@wbhslitgarden) and Facebook (West Bloomfield Literary Garden). Jen had to hop off the call early but she shared so much more about the literary garden in the ELA webinar linked in the resources below and is open to connecting with and helping anyone who wants to reach out to her (email:

    Books for literary garden connections:

    Other resources for literary inspiration:

    Recording Time Stamps:

    10:30 - Ideas for literacy connections

    24:45 - Story walks  (what they are and examples)

    33:45 - Strategies for getting more teachers/grade levels to use the garden (connecting the garden to grade-level curriculum)

    47:50 - Examples of integrating garden programs with local libraries

    52:30 - Word gardens (what they are and examples)

    Amelia Dupuis
    Kids Garden Community Manager