An age old problem facing our youngest learners, verticality, has been solved for a group of Lakeshore Discovery School kindergarten students.
Kindergarten educators and students at LDS were interested in learning more about gardening plants and seeds, but were faced a problem of the highest order. Teachers scoured the city and county for potting benches but what they found were all too tall for the kindergarten students, too costly or not made for the outdoors.
There has been a huge demand for outdoor learning at the Greater Essex County District School Board. A natural setting motivates and inspires students with sights, sounds, smells and touch as part of learning environment.
Lisa Cranston approached Bill Fetter, both GECDSB Teacher Consultants, to see if any of the high schools could provide a home made solution.
Construction Technology students from Leamington District Secondary School saved the day. Under the guidance of instructor, Lowell Gallagher, his students created two cedar benches for the young LDPS learners to continue their down-to-earth studies.
Principal at LDS, Dustin O'Neil says that the benches are a great addition to the classroom equipment and knows that the kids are enjoying them.
The opportunity for the older students to assist the younger students, Cranston feels, was great synergy.
Now the kindergarten students from Lakeshore Discovery School can explore seeds and dirt at just the right height.