Selecting Educational Resources

Figure 1. Parents and teachers need to be clear about their expectations for children and students. Credit:

Many instructors struggle to find appropriate educational resources. However, collaborative teaching and learning efforts have created a number of educational resources that can be stored, shared, adapted, and used within the agricultural education profession. This 7-page document will help educators in selecting educational resources. Written by Tyler D’Angelo, Deb Barry, J. C. Bunch, and Andrew Thoron and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Agricultural Education and Communication, June 2018.

School Gardens: A Growing Part of Schools

Students at the Loxahatchee Groves Elementary School in Palm Beach County are learning how to grow their own vegetables in the new SOAR (Sharing Our Agricultural Roots) project started by the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences in cooperation with public schools and volunteers from the county farm community. UF plant pathologist Richard Raid, working with the young gardeners on Monday, June 2, said the SOAR project teaches children about composting, recycling and other ways to protect the environment.
School gardens have been popping up like little pea plants in schools all over Florida. Not only are they an excellent way to get fresh produce into classrooms and cafeterias, but they also provide students with a living classroom where concepts related to science, math, agriculture, and nutrition can be learned and applied. This 4-page fact sheet discusses the benefits of school gardens to children and teachers, different types of school gardens, and points to consider while planning. Written by Kohrine Counts and Karla P. Shelnutt, and published by the UF Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, February 2016.

Helping Children with Homework (FAR1718/FM445)

mother and son doing homework“Although children and their parents often dread homework, it provides an important opportunity for children to practice what they have learned in school, get more in-depth information, apply skills learned more broadly, obtain important learning and organizational skills, and learn how to work independently with self-discipline. Homework can also give parents a sense of what their children are doing in school and how well they are doing. And homework can even enhance parents’ relationships with their children.” This 2-page Family Album Radio transcript was written by Heidi Liss Radunovich, and published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, July 2012.

Talking with Your Child about School (FAR1719/FM446)

mother and son at table“In a hurried world, keeping up with our children when we’re trying to juggle marriage, jobs, possibly multiple children, and the many other challenges life can throw at us, we can feel overwhelmed at times. However, keeping lines of communication open with your children can be critical to how they handle the challenges they face, especially when they are in school.” This 2-page Family Album Radio transcript was written by Eboni Baugh and Donna Davis, and published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, July 2012.

Ayudándole a su hijo a hacer las tareas (FCS2255Span/FY980)

child doing homeworkCasi todos los estudiantes de la escuela primaria hasta la secundaria recibirán tareas regularmente. Estas tareas pueden ayudar a los niños para:

  • practicar lo que han aprendido
  • recibir información más profunda
  • aplicar las habilidades abiertamente
  • obtener importantes habilidades organizacionales y de aprendizaje
  • aprender a trabajar independientemente
  • y con disciplina propia

Por medio de las tareas los padres pueden tener una idea de lo que sus hijos hacen en la escuela, darse cuenta que tan bien va el niño y mejorar su relación con sus hijos.
This 3-page fact sheet is the Spanish language version of “Helping Your Child with Homework,” written by Heidi Liss Radunovich, and published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, September 2011.

FCS-2287/FY1056 Creating a Successful Early Learning Environment for Children Who Have Autistic Spectrum Disorders

FCS-2287, a 7-page fact sheet by Heidi Liss Radunovich and Jessica L. Kochert, discusses what autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) are, issues and symptoms, and factors to be considered for a classroom setting that will meet the needs of children with ASDs. Includes resource list and references. Published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, August 2008.