School visits are a great way to engage students in the subject units of gardening, plants, environment, nature, healthy living habits, recycling and sustainability.
“Fun, Engaging, and Educational ~ D.S. Venetta is an incredible author with a natural gift for entertaining children! Our students learned so much science hearing her presentation on gardening. Her lesson was well received by students and teachers alike. Integrating science and reading is a win-win for everyone!” ~ Susan Baker, Third grade teacher, Julington Creek Elementary
We’ll talk organic gardening A-Z… What is it? How do we do it? And why it’s important. Have a school garden? Let’s take the discussion outside where we can brainstorm ways to expand our gardening adventure!
“The workshop was both fun & educational! I loved the interaction between Dianne and the school kids.” – Wanda Broeksema, Aruba
Typical sessions last 45-60 minutes including time for book signing and questions. During the session, I’ll discuss the basics of organic gardening, a bit about my books/characters/inspiration, followed by a question/answer period with the students. We’ll also play garden trivia where students will learn interesting gardening facts as they test their plant science knowledge. Optional hands-on planting activity for students to take with them and experience the germination of a seed can be included.
Optional in-garden presentation:
For schools with gardens, sessions can be held outdoors and become hands-on learning opportunities. I’ll discuss topics like organic mulch, compost, pesticide, smart-watering techniques and natural fertilizers. These sessions will run closer to an hour and will include demonstration of gardening techniques.
Schools will receive a list of school gardening resources, garden lessons I’ve developed—and quizzes—designed to supplement classroom learning, along with fun garden-themed activity sheets for the kids. Templates/instructions for custom-made seed packets will be provided as a classroom craft for the students.
Schools will receive a FREE set of books for their library. Books will be offered for sale to students prior to my arrival via special order form. For those who wish to purchase, students will receive 15% discount, including the coloring books for the younger set. Note: each student receives an autographed bookmark from D.S. Venetta, regardless of whether or not the recipient has purchased a book.
Full and half day sessions are available and can be adjusted to suit your needs. Rates vary based on distance and travel. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Chat with D.S. Venetta from anywhere in the world and talk gardening, characters, trivia and more! To schedule a Skype or Google visit, email email@example.com
“Wow! D.S. Venetta was amazing with her presentation, getting us excited about growing our own vegetables, herbs, and plants. It was fun to learn about how to start your own garden with topics like how to compost and plant–she even made weeding fun! Plus, there are cool recipes in every book to enhance our own produce. D.S. Venetta also played a wonderful interactive game with our elementary school students, teaching them that there are lots of uses for herbs and plants.” – Linda McAnarney, St. Johns, Florida