Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is holding Connecting Learning and Living (CLL) training that will feature more than 100 researched-based and hands-on lessons for teachers, home school, afterschool, 4-H, youth group leaders, community garden organizers, day camp coordinators and master gardeners working with children in kindergarten-sixth grade. Training is Monday, April 14 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the Black Hawk County Extension Office, 3420 University Avenue, Waterloo. A light supper will be served.
The training will provide an overview of the new Growing in the Garden, Local Foods and Healthy Living curriculum and Growing in the Garden: Elementary Curriculum. Designed for classrooms and out-of-school time programs, the curricula aligns with the Iowa Common Core State Standards, Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) and other youth development educational requirements and models.
CLL lessons increase children’s knowledge of agriculture, youth gardening, nutrition, the history of Iowa’s natural resources and conservation. Classroom teachers and out-of-school time educators reported positive outcomes after implementing the lessons they learned through CLL. They reported their students displayed more active participation, were interested in going outdoors and also chose to consume healthier foods. In addition to this, 70 to 90 percent of students increased their physical activity and showed improvement in their communication and leadership skills.
Cost for the training is $50; curriculum is available for purchase for an additional cost. To register, contact the Black Hawk County Extension office at 319.234.6811.