Our primary focus at the Academy is teaching our students through real-life experiences and using the most of teachable moments. The Academy’s Garden is the perfect means in which to do this and is located at the back of the school behind the porch which is easily accessible to all our classrooms. These real life hands-on experiences provide the opportunity to develop many skills and concepts including responsibility, cause and effect relationships, and observation skills.
Our students all pitch in to help with planting, watering, pruning, and maintenance of the garden (yes, even the little ones). We plant a variety of plants throughout the year including wildflowers, herbs, vegetables, melons, sunflowers, and bedding plants. While in the garden, students will encounter various types of insects and also learn about the life cycle of plants. Our students also harvest the vegetables, melons, and sunflower seeds when ripe and experience the satisfaction of enjoying something they worked hard at for several weeks. Once we have harvested, we will wash and clean them and then allow the children to taste the efforts of their hard work.