Gardening Classes in Waldorf Schools by Birte Kaufmann

Children need to experience nature, and gardening is a good way to encourage them to engage with the earth, plants, and animals.

Gardening classes, as taught in Waldorf schools from classes 6 to 10, help children develop many important aspects of their being, including improved sensory perception, motor skills, and a greater understanding of nature, ecology, and agriculture. How can such a complex subject be taught well and effectively?

Birte Kaufmann offers many useful tips and suggestions for new or developing gardening teachers in a clear structure—including the history of school gardens, aspects of child development, practical help on teaching methods, lesson planning for different age groups, and maintaining the garden itself.