Grow and Glow Workshops for Students
Looking for a hands-on activity for your students? This science and self-care activity connects mental wellness habits and taking care of plants. (Check out our latest Instagram post on this.) Your students will have a sensory experience planting a *spider plant and discovering the magic of soil, roots and leaves -- they won't even realize there was learning going on! It's like a craft project, horticultural therapy and an ecology lesson all in one!
Ideal for 5-17 year olds if you think they'd *dig* it.
*plants and pots depend on availability
What will mystudents experience and learn?
- All about the cool science of soil, roots, and the spider plant itself;
- How to care for their spider plant and other plants in general;
- A few new ideas about how to care for their own mental and physical wellness;
- The calming effects of working with soil and plants.
What comes in the kit?
- a spider plant (with multiple sprouts) in a galvanized steel pot;
- a white paint pen to decorate your pot;
- a set of mini gardening hand tools;
- kelp meal and soil infused with compost so you can fertilize and plant some more later;
- a colourful worksheet (paper or PDF).
Who is the teacher?
Sarah Peel is the right person to create a learning experience that connects your head, heart and hands! She is the Founder of Petit Soleil, but also an experienced classroom teacher with a degree in Environmental Studies. For many years she taught young people ecology, organic gardening and nature appreciation at the Community Garden of Friends, High Park Nature Centre, High Park Children's Garden, and the Boyne River Outdoor Education Centre. She has grown her own garden and tended to house plants for as long as she can remember, but over this year of the pandemic, she really became curious about the connection between mental wellness, self care, and tending to house plants. What recent brain and productivity science reveals on this topic is really stunning! Your students will be sparked by the magic (mystery + science) of plants and inspired to care for their mental wellness in ways that can last a lifetime!
Where and when does it take place?
Sarah will travel anywhere in the Durham District School Board. It requires about 1.5 hours (but can be augmented or trimmed to be 75 or 150 minutes). Workshops can take place in the classroom, or be adapted for virtual learning.
What are the safety precautions?
Masking at all times. Any protocols of the school will be followed.