Environmental Education is an important component in our curriculum. We turned our garden into an ecological classroom and we encourage children to explore nature using observation, participation and interpretation. Children enjoy being introduced to the interactions of plants and insects. Because we garden for the environment, children participate in caring for host plants, understanding the role of bees and ladybugs, and learn about California native plants. Practicing composting is part of our daily activity. Children participate in turning garden waste, fruits and vegetable scraps, paper filters and tea bags into organic fertilizer.
Cooper the Compost Worm
We are totally devoted to finding innovative ways to develop the hearts and minds of children. With the collaboration of the children 3 to 7 years old, we published a children’s book “Cooper the Compost Worm.” The book earned special attention from the United States Environmental Protection Agency. We thank Corte Madera’s “Book Passage” for gracefully hosting our book signing event, and we deeply appreciate the parents feedbacks and support.
“Congratulations Nouzha! This is a wonderful and significant accomplishment. We are so happy for you and the children. Please keep up this incredible work, we need it. Big hugs to you and all the kids who participated!”
- A Parent - Kentfield
“I am an elementary school counselor in NY and have used this wonderful book in my classroom lessons. It helps children understand self-respect, self-concept, and how to handle bullying/teasing. Anyone can connect with Cooper and as we finish the story we see how valuable Cooper is in the compost process, thus realizing his importance. While this story is about Cooper the compost worm and his journey to understanding himself and loving who he is, it also sends the positive message of composting. A great story all around!”
- A Teacher - New York