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I was born in Palacios and have lived here all my life. My husband, Ronnie, and I have four children and 8 grandchildren. We live on a farm in the small community of Deutschburg. My oldest daughter, Katie, lives in Blessing and has three children. She is a Nurse Practitioner and works for Palacios Community Medical Center. Lisa lives in Lake Jackson and works as a nurse at Brazosport Memorial Hospital. She has 4 children. Sara is a special education teacher in Hallettsville and has one son. Rusty works in Houston for CenterPoint Energy.
I have been in education for 36 years and an administrator for 10 years. I love working with children and encouraging them to excel in everything they do.
Benefits of Gardening for Students
1) Educational benefits
Gardening is a great way for students to get in touch with nature, and a great way to put their math and science stills to work. Whether they are drawing a diagram for a new garden or calculating the amount of water your seedling needs, using math skills help plants grow. Gardening offers hands-on, experiential learning opportunities in a wide array of disciplines. With recent concern over relatively weak science and math skills among American children, the need for innovation in science and math teaching is apparent. There is mounting evidence that students who participate in gardening score significantly higher on standardized science achievement tests.
2) Environmental stewardship and connection with nature
By deepening children’s sense of connection with nature, gardening can inspire environmental stewardship. When children learn about water and energy cycles, the food chain, and the peculiar needs of individual species, and when they feel a sense of connection to a certain species or individual plant, they have a reason to care about all the forces that impact that plant’s future. A garden offers many occasions for achieving insight into the long-term human impact on the natural environment. From the water shortage to the over-use of pesticides, children who engage in gardening have first-hand opportunities to observe the importance of conservation and intelligent allocation of resources.
3) Lifestyle and Nutrition
With children’s nutrition under assault by fast food and junk food industries, it is no wonder so many children are reported to be overweight or at risk for being overweight. Gardening offers children opportunities for outdoor exercise while teaching them a useful skill. Students are more likely to try eating vegetables they have grown themselves. Gardening allows an opportunity for families to work together planning, planting, maintaining and harvesting a garden.
4) Connection to history and the community
Gardening ties students to the social and material history of the land. Gardening offers many opportunities for connecting with local history by incorporating native plants and plants grown during specific historical eras.
Have your child check out books at the school or public library which will give them additional information on how to start a garden this spring. Be sure to come by and check out the garden at East Side Intermediate for additional ideas.