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: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Books for literary garden connections:
Books in Bloom - Written by Valerie and her colleague, Mark, this features 17 different children's books to use for formal or informal garden adventures (this is one of the most popular KidsGardening curriculum books!)
Here are some books KidsGardening recently compiled around the holidays
A really wonderful list of Multicultural Garden/ Farm to ECE books
Another great children's gardening books list
Other resources for literary inspiration:
Signage recommendation from Jennifer: Plants Map is a wonderful company that has QR codes embedded and provides opportunities for kids to fill in all kinds of information about plants, from scientific to literary to historical plus pictures!
Coming Soon! Valerie has a book full of literary ideas coming out in April called "Literacy Moves Outdoors"
English Language Arts in the Garden: Webinar Recording - this webinar has so many examples of ways to use gardens to teach literacy in any context and with any age group
KidsGardening's literature-focused resources - activities, lessons, and guides for literacy connections in gardening
National Head Start Association Garden Storytimes
Recording of the Fall Garden Storytime (Book: Pumpkin Circle - The Story of a Garden)
Recording of the Winter Garden Storytime (Book: Logan's Greenhouse)
Register for the Spring Garden Storytime
Register for the Summer Garden Storytime
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)
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