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Teach your curriculum in a classroom garden and transform your students' perspective on life! 

 

Give them the authentic first hand experience of their own power to change the world.

It's never been easier to empower!

Live Q&A Tuesday December 14 at 12:00 PM:

Couldn't make it live, send your questions to [email protected]:

Growing School and Classroom gardens since 2013

Kids' Growing City had humble beginnings starting as a after school gardening program in a private school in Toronto. And since then our main focus and obsession has been figuring out the answer to this question:

"What's the most effective way to teach elementary curriculum outdoors or even indoors using gardens as an authentic learning tool?"

And after almost a decade of working with educators side by side, developing, getting feedback, fine-tuning and testing different programs and doing research on the grounds, we feel very close to having a perfect solution that answers that question.

Before COVID in 2019 we helped 15 schools grow amazing school gardens with an in-school program, thoroughly connected to curriculum expectations.

Some of the schools we've worked with throughout the years are...

Redstone p.s., Windham Ridge P.S., Gosford P.S., Island Public/Natural Science School, R J Lang Elementary and Middle School, Don Mills M.S., Pelmo Park P.S., Donald Cousens P.S., Armadale P.S., Hollywood p.s., Beckett Farm P.S., Firgrove p.s., Somerset Academy, Mcmurrich p.s., CMS Private Schools, Richland Academy private school,

just to name a few.

Live Q&A Tuesday December 14 at 12:00 PM:

Couldn't make it live, send your questions to [email protected]:

Curriculum-Rich 

Oasis Classroom is entirely curriculum-centered (all 15 lessons come with a curriculum connection chart for grades 3 to 8 - developed in consultation with an experienced teacher who’ve implemented our main program in 2019), Patrick Williamson.

For each of the 15 lessons, your teachers will have
1) A lesson plan
2) A poster
3) A material checklist
4) Curriculum connection checklist
5) Online access to digital formats of all the above plus the student booklets
6) Coaching sessions for their growing and teaching questions during the implementation of your program

For each of the 15 lessons, your students will get a booklet including:
1) A lesson page

2) Step by step growing activity guide
3) Practice word games
4) A Self-assessment sheet
5) A Journal sheet

6) and much more

 

 

Click on this image to download the DRAFT document for Ontario Curriculum Connections to all 15 lessons for all grades 3 to 8:

 

 

Click on this image to download a SAMPLE lesson plan file. The program will provide a separate lesson plan for all 15 lessons.

This material is copyright of Kids' Growing City. Use without purchased license is prohibited.

 

 

Click on this image to download a SAMPLE poster. The program will provide a separate poster for all 15 lessons.

This material is copyright of Kids' Growing City. Use without purchased license is prohibited.

 

 

Click on this image to download a SAMPLE Activity guide (only 1 page of the student booklets). The program will provide a separate guide for all 15 lessons.

This material is copyright of Kids' Growing City. Use without purchased license is prohibited.

Lessons List 

Week 1 (3rd week of February): Sprouts (growing Sprouts)

Week 2: Microgreens (growing Microgreens)

Week 3: Seeds and Seedlings (growing Arugula)

Week 4: Soil (growing Tomato)

Week 5: Equinoxes and Spring (growing Marigolds) --> could become a mother’s day gift, mid-May

Week 6: Water (growing Lettuce)

Week 7: Edible Parts of Plants (growing Radish)

Week 8: Worms and Composting (growing Swiss Chards)

Week 9: Hardening off and Transplanting (Transplanting Tomatoes and sowing Cilantro and Parsley)

Week 10: Beneficial Animals and Insects (growing Peppers)

Week 11: Biodiversity and Indigenous ways of life (growing Poll Beans and Squash) --> Contributes to 3 sisters

Week 12: Sunlight (growing Corn and Sunflowers)  --> Contributes to 3 sisters

Week 13: Herbs (growing Basil and Dill)

Week 14: Trees (growing Kale and Nasturtium)

Week 15 (last week of May): Harvest and Celebration (growing Pumpkins)

 

Logistically Flexible

- Doable in most schools (an outdoor growing space is beneficial - but NOT NECESSARY for a successful program)

- For local schools (greater Toronto Area) All you need could be delivered* to your school, or picked up from our center with the purchase of "Printed" add-on (see below for more information).

This includes,
Educational Material (available online & physically for "Printed" Add-On):

1) A package for the teacher (as detailed above)

2) A booklet for each and every student (as detailed above)
for each and every one of the 15 lessons.

 

 

Supplies (available for  "Supplies" add-on):

3) For local schools (greater Toronto Area) all organic seeds, soil, seed starting pots, containers (for sub-irrigation), etc.could be delivered* to your school, or picked up from our center with the purchase of "Supplies" add-on (see below for more information).

- Seedlings that grow in classrooms can be transplanted in the school garden if you have one, promoting a community connection,

OR

If there’s no outdoor garden this year, they can be sold at a student-led market (entrepreneurial connection), given away to families and staff, donated to local community centers and gardens (community connection), etc.

And YES, there will even be harvests your students will enjoy in June

 

Online Friendly

To teach your online students or all your students in case of school shut-downs, all educational material is available in downloadable PDF format and all supplies will be picked up from school by parents or taken home by students.

 

 

Alternatively...

You could have your teachers develop this program.

All you really need is an experienced teacher who knows how to grow food in a school environment, has very strong knowledge of the curriculum, is good at program development and also has strong graphic design skills

Every lesson plan will take that teacher at least 3 hours, costing you probably around $600. Multiplied by 15 = $9,000

PLUS...

Every poster will take them at least 6 hours, costing you probably around $800. Multiplied by 15 = $12,000

And every student booklet will take them at least 1 hour, costing you probably $600 per 3 booklets. Multiplied by 5 = $3,000

This approach will cost you AT LEAST a total of $24,000. 

 

OR...

You could try to replicate close to a decade of our experience growing classroom and school gardens, all by yourself without a plan or program like Oasis Classroom and without our help.

But frankly that's the reason most classroom and school gardens don't work, or if they do, don't continue...

It's simply too much trial and error and you'll need a lot of luck and tons of growing knowledge to do this right and to do it as impressively.

We suggest you skip all that and join this program!

 

With Oasis Classroom your Investment will only be the following.

We've developed a tiered Pricing to fit different budgets and needs.

Full Online

(Life-Time School License)

  • Access to all downloadable educational material for all 15 lessons. Including:

1) 15 Teacher Packages

- Lesson Plans

- Hands-on activity instructions

- Material checklist

- Poster

- Curriculum connections per grade

2) 15 Student Booklets

- A lesson page

- Practice word games

- A Self-assessment sheet

- Journal sheet

$4,975 for a lifetime license* rewarded to one school for the current version of the program.

Registration will end on January 28th

If your school can't purchase through PayPal or Credit Card, and you'd like to make a purchase through Purchase Order agreements, email [email protected]

Oasis Classroom Full Life (Paypal or CC)

5-Lesson Online

(Life-Time School License)

  • Access to all downloadable educational material for 5 lessons of your choice. Including:

1) 5 Teacher Packages

- Lesson Plans

- Hands-on activity instructions

- Material checklist

- Poster

- Curriculum connections per grade

2) 5 Student Booklets

- A lesson page

- Practice word games

- A Self-assessment sheet

- Journal sheet

Refer to FAQ section below for lesson selection suggestions.

$1,750 for a lifetime license* rewarded to one school for the current version of the program. 

Registration will end on January 28th

If your school can't purchase through PayPal or Credit Card, and you'd like to make a purchase through Purchase Order agreements, email [email protected]

Oasis Classroom 5-Lesson Life (PayPal or CC)

*This license gives your school the right to print posters for every classroom, teachers packages for every teacher (for as long as they teach in the licensed school) and student booklets for every students of the licensed school, for the lifetime of your school, for all grades, 3 to 8.

Future upgrades and new versions of the program will be available at a discounted rate to licensed schools.

Guaranteed lifetime licenses are only granted to purchases in 2022.

Both Full Online and 5-Lesson tiers are also available for a One-Year, One-Classroom License. Perfect for teachers to purchase

(for payment plans contact [email protected])

Full Online

(1-Year 1-Class License)

  • Access to all downloadable educational material for all 15 lessons. Including:

1) 15 Teacher Packages

- Lesson Plans

- Hands-on activity instructions

- Material checklist

- Poster

- Curriculum connections per grade

2) 15 Student Booklets

- A lesson page

- Practice word games

- A Self-assessment sheet

- Journal sheet

$1,500 for a 1-year 1-class license rewarded to one teacher for the current version of the program.

 

Registration will end on January 28th

If your school can't purchase through PayPal or Credit Card, and you'd like to make a purchase through Purchase Order agreements, email [email protected]

Oasis Classroom Full 1-Year (PayPal or CC)

5-Lesson Online

(1-Year 1-Class License)

  • Access to all downloadable educational material for 5 lessons of your choice. Including:

1) 5 Teacher Packages

- Lesson Plans

- Hands-on activity instructions

- Material checklist

- Poster

- Curriculum connections per grade

2) 5 Student Booklets

- A lesson page

- Practice word games

- A Self-assessment sheet

- Journal sheet

$550 for a 1-year 1-class license rewarded to one teacher for the current version of the program.

Registration will end on January 28th

If your school can't purchase through PayPal or Credit Card, and you'd like to make a purchase through Purchase Order agreements, email [email protected]

Oasis Classroom 5-Lesson 1-Year (PayPal or CC)

Add-On Services for Greater Toronto Area Schools

Supplies Add-on

(for Greater Toronto Area schools)

We will deliver to your participating classrooms

  • All Organic Soil, Organic Seeds, other lesson-specific supplies such as seed starting cups and containers, sprouting kits, worms, supplies for making herb drying racks and other experimental kits and much more. 

Investment for Full Online (all 15 lessons):

$675 per participating class of up to 30 students

Investment for 5 lessons:

$250 per participating class of up to 30 students

A one-time delivery to GTA schools is included.

If your school is in the GTA, you can request this Add-on at checkout.

Printed Add-on

(for Greater Toronto Area schools)

We will deliver to your participating classrooms

  • All professionally printed educational material (Teachers Packages and Student Booklets)

 

 

 Investment for Full Online (all 15 lessons):

$350 per participating class of up to 30 students and 1 teacher

Investment for 5 lessons:

$120 per participating class of up to 30 students and 1 teacher

A one-time delivery to GTA schools is included.

If your school is in the GTA, you can request this Add-on at checkout.

 

NOTE: List of supplies will be provided 2 weeks before each session.

You might be able to purchase the supplies from the distribution center of your school board, instead of purchasing our "supplies" add-on option.

And you might be able to use your school board's printing facilities instead of our "Printed" add-on option.

Contact us for more details: [email protected]

Bonuses

(free of extra charge for all tiers and licenses)

1) Coaching

Access to Leila Mireskandari, for growing advice!

 

Leila, the founder and director of Kids' Growing City will be hosting Online Coaching and Q&A sessions and/or Office Hours so you can directly ask your growing questions during the 15 weeks of the program.

Access to a seasoned teacher and  curriculum consultant for teaching advice!

A special guest teacher, Patrick Williamson, who's ran Kids' Growing City programs in his school before and has been instrumental in developing the curriculum connection documents will accompany Leila in hosting Coaching and Q&A sessions.

2) Reading Lists

We've also curated 6 lists of books (one for each grade, 3 to 8) that you can utilize to deepen the learning of these 15 lessons for your students.

Schedule:

Let's chat now! Book a zoom call to answer your questions here:

https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=14296799&appointmentType=11241343

Registration doors will open and close in January.

The complete program starts third week of February and continues for 15 weeks (one 1 to 2-hour long lesson, per week) to the end of May

If you participate in the 5-Lesson Tier, we deliver (drip-release it online) your choice of lessons on the same schedule as the complete program, with everyone else.

Following the timing of seed starting that's built-in the program is crucial to your success as this is a highly season dependent program.

 

How to participate:

Registration at midnight on the 28th, on this page. 

Some schools need to participate through direct invoicing and Purchase Order creation. Contact us at [email protected] to get that going for you.

Otherwise use the buttons on this page to pay for the program by Credit Card or PayPal, to register.

 

You'll need to bring:

At least one accessible room in your school building with good sunny windows  or well designed grow lights (less ideal than sunny windows but still feasible) and a team of at least 1 enthusiastic teachers who wants to teach the program.

 

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