Planting Seeds to Help Kids Learn

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Gardening is a great way to help kids learn & explore their world
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Think back when you were a child and had the opportunity to play outside and really get dirty. Childhood should be about play, exploring, and learning....and time outside provides great opportunities for all three! 

The students at Putnam County's Jere Whitson Elementary School are going to have that opportunity when school starts back in the fall. Beverly Hall, a teacher at JWES Elementary School, and Thomas Fuhrman, the principle of Jere Whitson Elementary School, have developed a community garden on Jere Whitson campus.  

The purpose of this garden is to give children the opportunity to plant a seed, care for the plant, watch it grow, and enjoy the harvest.  Many children do not have the opportunity to experience gardening at home so the Putnam County School System and JWES is going to give them that chance.

The school garden will be used to incorporate math, science, reading and social studies skills, as well as teamwork and how to problem solve. Various community partners have supported this project and the students are so excited about their garden. When they return for the 2016-2017 school year, a greenhouse will have been put in place and all the tomatoes they planted at the end of the previous year should be ready to cook and process into salsa.

Want to follow the progress of the Jere Whitson garden? Join the conversation on Twitter to stay up to date!

You can also visit the school website to learn more.

To contact Principal Thomas Fuhrman, email

You can also reach out via email to Jere Whitson educator Beverly Hall at

If you are looking for books that can help your child learn about gardening, check out some of these titles WCTE’s Ready To Learn Partner, the Putnam County Library

From Seed to Plant By Gail Gibbons

Hard to understand concepts like plant reproduction, seed dispersal, pollen transference, and seed germination are made simple with big, beautiful drawings. A great resource to introduce elementary aged children to the relationship between seeds and plants.

How a Seed Grows By Helene J. Jordan

When you pick up a tiny seed, it’s hard to imagine how big the final product will be! This book helps kids understand the difference between various seeds and how they become trees, fruits and vegetables.

Oh Say Can You Seed?: All About Flowering Plants By Bonnie Worth

The Cat in the Hat knows a lot about plants! With help from Thing 1 and Thing 2, the famous feline teaches kids about flowering plants in traditional Seussian form.

A Seed is Sleepy By Dianna Hutts Aston

With brilliant and bright illustrations combined with fluid and poetic text, this book is an absolute favorite for both teachers and parents when introducing kids to various seed and plant facts.

Do you have a garden at home? Let your kids enjoy gardening with you to learn and explore the world around them. If you have tomatoes from your garden or are enjoying some from your local farmers market, check out this kid friendly dish that the entire family might like to try!


Tune in each Saturday morning at 9:30 for the WCTE Get Ready To Learn Radio Show, with host Cindy Putman on Zimmer Broadcasting's The HUB 107.7 FM and 1400 AM. 

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