Wow! What an enlightening, calm and organised experience!
Mrs McGhee to the rescue! Last year in our outdoor reception area we had a patch of soil that needed some nurturing, love and attention. Mrs McGhee offered to come in and teach the children about growing various vegetables, herbs and plants. We were so excited as I certainly did not have green fingers and was worried about the time it would take to plan, buy and implement the herb garden/veggie patch and have all 60 children involved in the process, as well as maintain it through-out the year and actually have some produce to show the children in the end!
Well I did not have to worry about a thing other than to have the very reasonable budget/cover per child charge approved by my Head Teacher. Grow Cook Enjoy offers a very professional service from start to finish. She does all the planning, buying and provides all the equipment needed for the activities. Her manner with the children was calm, enthusiastic and pitched appropriately for the age group she was working with.
The children were engaged in the activities straight away, All 60 children had a very hands on experience learning about what they were planting, how they would be taking care of the plants through the seasons to come and even more exciting being able to pick the produce they had grown organically by themselves come spring/summer time. Mrs McGhee then went on to inspire to children to come up with a meal they would like to make using the produce they had grown with her over the months. She then involved each child within small groups throughout the morning by having them pick, clean, cut and prepare the food they had grown and turn it into a tasty meal that they wanted to cook and eat. FANTASTIC!!!
I would highly recommend Mrs McGhee’s – Grow Cook Enjoy services to any school, organization or children’s group looking for a very worthwhile learning experience that not only teachers but provides a very tasty end product as well. Thank You! It was a pleasure working with Mrs McGhee and we look forward to her services again this year with my new reception cohort.