Kids Love to Eat Kale!
After 10 years in a beautiful beachside Montessori classroom with a vegetable garden outside my door, I decided to sprout up and create a resource for teachers, parents, and gardeners of all levels based on the unique questions so often asked to me about gardening with children. Wings, Worms, and Wonder incorporates my graduate research on the historic Nature-Study movement, my practical experience as a teacher, the resources I accrued, and the lessons and activities I created while teaching to incorporate our garden across my curricula and students' lives.
My "Living Now 2013 Award" winning book aims to inspire the adult and spark sense of wonder through beautiful illustrations, ecological printing methods, and in-depth research and experience that provides the adult wishing to garden with children ample information, tips, activities, and resources with which to create holistic garden experiences for children in both formal and non-formal educational environments. Teacher and child tested and approved, these activities utilize gardening, the arts, Nature-Study philosophy, and progressive education methodology to help children connect to place, ignite sense of wonder, and develop ecological literacy.
The more I garden with children in schools, community gardens, after school centers, museums, and in my own backyard with my nieces, nephews, and neighbors, the more passionate I become to help children and their families (& teachers) learn to grow their own food, connect to the nearby nature outside their doors, and to discover how a sense of wonder inspires all aspects of learning and life. Through Wings, Worms, and Wonder, I hope to spread the seeds that my grandparents planted in me to children who may not have grandpas to teach them how to grow their own! Share your stories of connection and how the book inspired you and the children in your life. I would love to hear your story!