Educational Garden | A learning project for all students

 

What is an educational garden?

 

A Vireo educational garden is a space within a teaching environment where students learn all that is needed to grow vegetables, fruits and / or plants.

It’s an educational project that involves creating a dynamic classroom and offering students the chance to enrich their learning on different topics through interactive experiences that have personal meaning for them. The garden therefore serves as an educational tool. 

Vireo’s educational approach

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Each student has different needs and learns in different ways. Taking this reality into account, the Vireo project advocates an inclusive, flexible and immersive pedagogical approach that responds to different learning needs and contexts in schools.

With this in mind, the educational project can fit easily into any teaching environment and we support you to ensure the optimization of learning.

Primary

Secondary

Higher Studies

School Adaptation Class

Vocational Training

Primary

Secondary

Higher Studies

School Adaptation Class

Vocational Training

Involve students more than ever in their learning

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With the Vireo school garden, the students are placed at the very center of the project. Each year it’s possible for you to create a new educational experience in which young people are concretely involved in the process and decisions.

By being architects and decision-makers of their educational garden project, students are encouraged to question themselves, to find solutions to the various challenges and to get concretely involved in their own learning. Thus, they are able to flourish both in terms of academic skills and in terms of personal and social skills.

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The successes generated daily by their work and their involvement in the school garden allow students to develop essential skills for life : self-confidence and a feeling of competence that allows them to push their limits.

An educational experience to suit your school

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  • Ability to create your own project from scratch. The project alternatives related to the educational garden are endless.

    Do you have something in mind that’s out of the ordinary? it’s even better! We support you in its realization to ensure a memorable project for you and your students.

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  • Start a new project every year creating a constant novelty effect.
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  • Personalized educational course adapted to your project, your ambitions and your objectives which offers great flexibility of use. Your students will be able to learn more about sustainable development, entrepreneurship, urban agriculture, science and more.

Some possibilities of educational garden projects:

Entrepreneurial project

Entrepreneurial project where students carry out a project from A to Z, from the initial design to harvest management. Great opportunity to build self-esteem.

Personal development project

Personal development project where students can learn about well-being concepts and stress management methods.

Exploration project on the field of expertise of agriculture

An exploration project on the field of expertise of agriculture with the aim of developing a variety of interests which could lead to a career choice.

Sustainable development project

Sustainable development project where students discover new plants and discuss the circular economy and their influence in this process.

Scientific project

Science project in which students study the growth of plants and the effects of variations in the environment.

These are just a few ideas among many.
And you, how do you imagine your Vireo project?

Teaching with multiple pedagogical approaches

The flexibility of the school garden project makes it possible to combine several different pedagogical approaches to promote the optimization of learning. By varying the teaching methods, it becomes easier to meet the varied needs of the students and to create the most favorable learning context for each one. You can also tailor your teaching to your group and your perception of their needs.

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Project-based / entrepreneurial approach

doing a project students have chosen, from A to Z

Experiential learning

students learn various things and develop skills that they can apply in different other areas of their daily lives

Cooperative learning

students all work together to achieve a single goal: the success of the project

Motivational approach

by carrying the project together and experiencing concrete successes, students develop a feeling of competence and autonomy which will be a source of motivation

Autonomous learning

features that make students autonomous and exercises in reflection on the project and learning

Problem-solving approach

skills acquired in reaction to new problems

Project-based / entrepreneurial approach

doing a project students have chosen, from A to Z

Experiential learning

students learn various things and develop skills that they can apply in different other areas of their daily lives

Cooperative learning

students all work together to achieve a single goal: the success of the project

Motivational approach

by carrying the project together and experiencing concrete successes, students develop a feeling of competence and autonomy which will be a source of motivation)

Autonomous learning

features that make students autonomous and exercises in reflection on the project and learning

Problem-solving approach

skills acquired in reaction to new problems

A garden rooted in everyday life

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In order to create the most lasting impact possible on young people, the educational garden is implanted directly in the environment and the daily life of the students.

The garden is compact and fits directly into the classroom, unlike outdoor gardens and greenhouses which are not nested in the daily life of young people.

By having a learning environment that is motivating and involves students, the connection with nature is greater, which creates a lasting impact on the well-being of students.

This learning context makes it possible to reach all the students, but above all, gives motivation to the ones who are more difficult to stimulate with books or theory.

An educational project designed for the reality of teachers

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  • Project which is predictable and controllable in terms of harvest given that the crops are not at the mercy of the irregularities (varying temperatures, pests, etc.) that must be faced with an outdoor vegetable garden. This predictability facilitates educational planning.
  • Support for school stakeholders in the educational optimization of the vegetable garden by designing an educational course personalized to your project and your ambitions.
  • Access to digital educational tools to facilitate planning and teaching.
  • Educational path that promotes the progression of learning and a progressive approach to projects according to the progress of teaching and the level of skills.
  • Project that can be adapted to the school curriculum, the educational path of the class and the government training program applicable in your region.