Beyond the Books
and Plarn to Guinea Hens and Goats
Oh those sweet words that invoke joy
in many a heart, "Schools out for the summer." To me they bring back
memories of warm days spent swimming in the pond and selling sweet corn
by the road while I read thick books coveted from the library and cool
nights chasing lighting bugs-only to worry if I caught one, would I
hurt it and listening to Whip-o-wills.
why do I at times choose to have my children do summer homeschool?
Unfortunately, those memories are from a distant place and time. Here
the summers are hot and humid but Spring and Fall are delightful. It is
unlikely that my children would in the heat of Summer choose willingly
to go and play outside.
One of the greatest assets of homeschooling
is the ability to choose when you take a vacation or if you take a
vacation. This year our official school year will end in two days,
having completed the mandatory requirements for number of days. Does
that mean we won't have school or quit learning through the summer?
Summer Homeschool on the Farm
book learning will continue until the boys finish their school
books-mainly this is Math. Every day, all of my children will read
something and the farm will teach them about Science, History, Faith,
Practical Math, Life cycles, Biology, Communication, Cooperation, Plant
needs, Insects, Experimentation, Building, Leaf/Tree Identification and
Homemaking skills to name a few.
In order to be sure my children
continue learning we will visit the libraries often and research
information on the Internet in relation to our ongoing projects. The
projects we are working on now are potato bins, landscape fabric
gardening, hydroponic gardening, raising guinea hens, a new puppy,
strawberry jam, building a guinea hen pen, making plarn, recycling,
herbs, making cheese, wild edibles and soon we will be getting a goat.
addition to the education on the farm, we will explore our world with
vacations. In May, we had the opportunity to visit Virginia and soon we
will be going on vacation to Wisconsin. My oldest, the lucky one, will
be flying to Australia in July.
the ability to choose when we vacation has enabled us to see many parts
of our beautiful country without fear that our children would have to
Summer Homeschool Current
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about these projects.
Recycling in Illinois
Homes for the Cat, the Dog,
Fish, the Guineas, and a Goat
Taking Care of a New Puppy
Seeing the World, Our Family
Landscape Fabric Gardening
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