Outdoor Environmental Program: Teva

Nature is an important emphasis at our school. We have a full-time nature teacher on staff who teaches daily half-hour classes to all children beginning in the two-year-old class. Children work in our large vegetable garden growing, weeding, harvesting and cooking our seasonable vegetables. They also pick fruit from our citrus orchard, fruit trees, and berry bushes. They help care for our bunnies, chickens, and fishpond. The children feed them as well as gather the chicken’s eggs daily. The children also raise butterflies, ladybugs and other insects throughout the school year. Each class also has class pets ranging from fish to birds to bearded dragons. In addition to our gardening classes, we have a bat house, nature trails, and a fitness trail. Classes learn about science, including wind energy, solar energy, force of motion and weather. Our goal is to teach children at a young age how important the earth is to all of us. We believe each of us has a responsibility to take care of the earth and all the creatures on it.

Meet Ms. Meagan

Shalom! My name is Meagan and this will be my second year teaching at B’nai Israel. I am originally from Western Pennsylvania. I moved to Gainesville about five years ago where I now live with my husband, stepdaughter, 2 dogs, and 3 cats. I am excited to share my knowledge of plants, animals, insects of all kinds, and how we all connect to help each other grow. This year will be adventurous, inspiring, and I cannot wait to see what this year will bring!