Woolly School Stars! {Lowman Special Education Center}

May 27, 2011
The Lowman Special Education Center loves their Woolly School Garden!
Nothing makes us smile bigger than students growing their own edibles in Woolly Pockets! The students at the Lowman Special Education Center in North Hollywood have been up to just that, growing delicious edibles in a beautiful Woolly School Garden! Lucky for us, their garden representative Joselina took the time to answer a few questions about their garden.
Can you tell us a bit about your garden? What are you growing right now? Which crops have been successful?
The woolly pockets are lined horizontally along the brick patio wall by the garden. Right now we have herbs (mint and basil), strawberries and lots of succulents. All the plants are thriving well at this time!
How do you think your Woolly School Garden is impacting the Lowman Special Education Center?Students with special needs, especially those who are very cognitively, physically and medically involved, like our Lowman students, need a lot of hands-on opportunities to learn and progress. The Woolly School Garden has provided these opportunities for students to learn the standards e.g. concepts of colors, numbers, shapes, sizes. They are also able to develop different skills such as sorting, matching as well as mobility and independent living skills that they need, to have more quality of life. The Garden program has also provided us with the opportunities to assess students’ interests that will help them develop lifetime hobbies.
What do students like most about the garden?
My students are enjoying the sweet strawberries that we harvest. They enjoy cleaning, weeding, watering the plants, most especially the chance to be out of the four walls of the classroom. In the garden, they feel less restricted so they can act and express themselves more. They also enjoy seeing the beauty of the flowers and the different vegetables that are grown.
What have your students learned through the Woolly School Garden program?
Through the Woolly School Garden program the students have learned a lot about life (plants, animals). They have personally witnessed the life cycle of plants from seeds to mature plants. Most especially, they now realize where the food on their table comes from.
What advice do you have for other schools that want to start a Woolly School Garden?
Go for it! It is really a fun and great way to teach and for students to learn.

Thank you Joselina! We love watching your garden grow.
If you would like to support other schools that are fundraising for their Woolly School Gardens (every dollar counts!), click here.

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