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Gardening Classes in Waldorf Schools

November 2015
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    1st November 2015
  • ISBN 9781782502142
  • Language English
  • Pages 176 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9.25"

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, which includes the history of school gardens, aspects of child development, and practical help on teaching methods, lesson planning for different age groups, as well as maintaining the garden itself.

Birte Kaufmann

Birte Kaufmann was born in Muenster, Germany in 1976. She studied agriculture then trained to be a Waldorf class teacher and gardening teacher in Hamburg. She has taught gardening in schools for over a decade, and also lectures widely.