Peace Corps Official
The purpose of this resource manual is to provide primary school teachers with ideas for lessons and activities which can be taught in the school garden. The importance of agriculture in a developing country cannot be overemphasized. Recently in Sierra Leone we have heard about the Green Revolution. What does this mean to the primary schools? What can teachers do to promote a Green Revolution? Is there room in the busy primary school timetable for agricultural experience and instruction? Is this a valid use of valuable instructional time and effort? How can a school garden become a stimulating and productive teaching tool rather than a draining demand for manual drudgery?
This manual suggests learning activities that provide students opportunities to gain skills through direct experience and practical application. A school garden is an excellent teaching tool through which students can master and apply academic skills. Agricultural experience need not be isolated from the school curriculum. It, instead, can be a fine teaching tool for all subjects on the classroom timetable.
Teaching in the Whole Garden provides examples of specific lesson plans in science, health, math, social studies and English language. It includes lessons for three terms adapted to the crops viable in each of those seasons. It covers planning, site selection, soil science, planting and cultivation, harvesting, preserving and marketing. It is written with Primary Class V in mind, but is certainly not limited to that class. The lessons can be easily modified to accommodate all primary (and perhaps some secondary) classes.