There are fewer things in life that are as beneficial to young children as starting a school greenhouse program.
You see, a school greenhouse program teaches your children all about what it is like to nurture plants; in addition, it is also something that can teach young children to be good stewards of the Earth, of Mother Nature and of life itself.
Starting a school greenhouse program can be a small challenge if the school or the educator is new to the process, but the following directives will take people through what it is like to start a school greenhouse program.
The whole point of starting up a school greenhouse program is to make children more responsible for the plants in the greenhouse.
This will not only teach them about responsibility, but it will also teach them about seeing projects through to their ultimate completion.
To wit, it would be a great idea if the teacher starting a school greenhouse program would designate one of her students the greenhouse manager. Responsibilities with this post include the student actually coming in on his own time—say, on the weekend—to check up on the plants in the greenhouse.
The teacher should have her own key to both the greenhouse and the school building, but the greenhouse manager can at least be given a key to the greenhouse.
A teacher ought to also see to a student growing space.
This involves the students being permitted to actually grow plants on places like bench spaces, and then, they’ll sell them for money at either the local Farmer’s Market or even just a local plant sale.
Nursery plants can also be made an integral part of a school greenhouse program.
Growing nursery plants is very simple and will not take a whole lot of work.
Essentially, all that growing nursery plants involves is just to place some nursery stock beds outside in a fenced-in space.
After these nursery plants are begun inside the greenhouse, they can then finish growing them outside.
At this point, an ambitious teacher might well even want to educate her students about something called a cooperative.
The teacher could encourage her students to form a cooperative in order to grow the greenhouse plants.
How this will work is that her students will pool the resources as well as the time and effort to grow the greenhouse plants.
Then, of course, they will all get to share in the profits at the end of the day.
The students should also be tasked with precisely figuring out just what they ought to be paying back the school for all of the supplies it provided them in the first place.
Such a monetary incentive for their school greenhouse program could well inspire the students to become even more excited than they already are about their program!
- A school greenhouse program is all about learning, so what better way to instill this point in the students than in getting them to do science experiments associated with the greenhouse plants that they are growing?
- Teachers should encourage their students to do realistic experiments on plants (perhaps with photosynthesis) and even develop posters for display at exhibitions such as the state fair.
Another point to the concept of a school greenhouse program is getting students in touch with plants and ideas that are well beyond the ordinary.
As such, teachers must encourage their students to grow plants that are not usual and that they have not seen before!
An idea would be to intentionally plant plants that are not native to the students’ local area.
Other ideas in this respect would include things such as carnivorous plants, hydroponics, aquaponics and even aquaculture.
- Another student can be appointed by the teacher as the so-called facilities manager.
- Just what does a so-called facilities manager actually do?
- Well, such a facilities manager has to, first of all, be a student who has regularly demonstrated a knack for possessing good mechanical skills.
- The facilities manager is tasked with overseeing the greenhouse structure and also the equipment of the greenhouse.
- The duties of such a facilities manager can be quite lengthy and even job-intensive.
- For instance, the duties that such a facilities manager can undertake are fixing some holes in glazing, replacing belts, construct new benches, repair old benches and even see to it that the squirl fans are in working order.
- Finally, safety is a major part of any well-working greenhouse, so a facilities manager should also be very aware of any safety issues going on in the school greenhouse.
The concept of rent-a-plant is also something neat and nifty that might interest educators and their students alike.
Rent-a-plant is basically nothing more than renting out plants from the school’s greenhouse program to local businesses that want to spruce things up a little bit in their own location of work.
The students would be in charge of watering the plants under the rent-a-plant business, and they would switch out plants with local businesses on an every-other-week basis.
One of the best parts of having a school greenhouse program is showing off to everybody the fruits of the labor, so to speak.
This includes the students creating and then maintaining so-called display gardens.
Display gardens can be established both at school and even at a local community spot that everyone can get to.
There you have it! The process of starting a school greenhouse program is not at all that difficult; it is largely based on creative ideas and a lot of ambition.
Of course, both the teachers and especially the students have to be very committed to this program, or else, it will not work at all.