Successful Early Eco-literacy Development (SEED)
Supporting literacy achievement through garden-based learning
Successful Early Eco-literacy Development (SEED) is supporting literacy achievement, in both the vernacular and English languages, for grade 3 students in Majuro in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) and on Kosrae in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).
Classroom teachers, PREL staff, and local museums and libraries, offer students year-round garden-based learning experiences — hands-on time in their own school garden and talks with elders, leading to reading, writing, and sharing of learning. Students are asked to explore and engage in essential questions around food and their environment, such as:
- What are the common food crops growing in your community?
- What do plants need to grow?
- Where does our food come from?
SEED is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Project partners include Delap Elementary School and Alele Museum & Library in Majuro, along with Utwe Elementary School, the Kosrae State Historic Preservation Office, and Rose Mackwelung Library in Kosrae.