FAQ
What ages or grade levels are the unit study sheets designed for? »

What ages or grade levels are the unit study sheets designed for?

All grade levels: K through 8. This uniquely designed curriculum challenges and encourages students to perform according to their individual levels of understanding. For example, asking K-8 students to draw a person, you would expect to see stick figure drawings to Michelangelo’s in detail, yet all had to complete the exercise for credit. Their level should be reflected in their work. Employing this flexibility into the study sheets gives a great advantage to groups comprised of various ages and abilities. It also allows for 1st, 2nd and 3rd timers to use the same materials with differing results.

(note) Any children without reading or writing skills must be assisted. For these students, directions and information on each sheet can be read and explained to them and all writing can be done for the child as he/she dictates the answers. Hands-on work can be done by them.


Is a garden required for the curriculum? »

Is a garden required for the curriculum?

No. The original and desired performance of the curriculum is that it be integrated with a home, community or group garden. However, the curriculum has been expanded to accommodate the child who does not have a garden resource.


How long does it take to complete the packet? »

How long does it take to complete the packet?

Completion times will vary greatly depending on the student’s own efforts and ability. Several of the project sheets can be done in one day, a few require observation time frames of 10, 30 and 60 days. If the curriculum is coordinated with a garden’s growth cycle, which is the ideal, it would cover from garden planning to harvest.


What is the award program? »

What is the award program?

Outside recognition for work well done is a very motivational tool! We supply award certificates with our packets to encourage performance. Parents, group leaders and educators can enhance the presentation of the awards by adding their own prizes or rewards for outstanding effort and creativity.


Do the children have to complete all the project sheets in the packet to receive their award certificates? »

Do the children have to complete all the project sheets in the packet to receive their award certificates?

No. Students can do as many sheets as they are able or desire to and fill out the form with the required information. Points on the certificate reflect the students completed work.


Can we coordinate this curriculum with 4-H, school, youth, or community garden clubs or projects? »

Can we coordinate this curriculum with 4-H, school, youth, or community garden clubs or projects?

Yes indeed! 4-H: Many of our curriculum projects work hand in hand with 4-H fair entry materials. Read a 4-H user’s testimonial.
YOUTH GARDENS, SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY GARDENS: The project sheets are a helpful tool and guide for teachers and group leaders.


This year we have decided to try homeschooling, will this unity study be too difficult for us? »

This year we have decided to try homeschooling, will this unity study be too difficult for us?

Every effort has been made to keep this curriculum user friendly. Specific instructions are given on each project sheet to insure success. We have received letters from both users and curriculum specialists thanking us for the design and positive experience the packets made possible. A few of them are listed on our Testimonials and Endorsements pages.

 

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Art ... July 20th
Insect research ... July 30th
Photography ... August 10th
Garden recipe ... August 20th
Biggest vegetable ... August 30th

The Chambers, Texas
"I just wanted to include a note to say "Thank You" for such an outstanding curriculum! My boys have thoroughly enjoyed every one of the units. Thanks again for this wonderful activity!"

 





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