‘Artful Garden’ class helps kids to continue summer learning

Education 21st Century

When kids return to classrooms in the fall, teachers spend much of their time reteaching subjects kids learned before they left for the summer, but summer camps help kids to close the gap. 

The “Artful Gardens” class for kids is one of those. 

The class connected arts and gardening through the building of terrariums and painting of gardens using recycled materials like bottle caps and corks. 

Kris Oursler, who teaches the summer enrichment class at the Mulvane Art Museum, said classes like hers help kids to continue the learning process. 

“Every teacher you talk to will tell you that by the time they get [students] back at the beginning of the school year, they’ve lost a little bit of what they’ve had in May,” said Oursler. 

Oursler said that she incorporates math and science into the class also. Oursler said art also helps students to better learn other subjects by making it more hands on. 

The classes also give kids a break from the other things that may take their attention over the summer. 

“They all have tablets, they all have phones, they all have computers and video games and it takes their interests,” said Oursler. “If you can incorporate the things they’re interested in into what you do every day then you can hold on to them a little better.”

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