Hands-on Learning on the Homestead

When I sat down and looked at our school year, we did a lot of learning, a lot of hands-on learning on our homestead. There were a lot of science lessons for all of us, myself included, as we raised chickens and quail. I think I learned just as much as my kids did this year.

Hands-on Learning on the Homestead

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Hands-on Learning on the Homestead

I have become very relaxed in our homeschool. This last year has been crazy for everyone, but for us, it was a little different. We started collecting birds. I do mean collecting as we’re at 30+ chickens and 10+ quail, and despite saying no more, I seem to get more.

When it came time for writing our year-end reports I had a moment where I thought we haven’t done anything! Then I took a breath, looked back over my Instagram account. Wow, did we do a lot!

Non-Book Learning

  • Raising chickens from day-old chicks to collecting eggs from those grown chickens and hatching those eggs ourselves
  • raising turkeys, and butchering a couple ourselves
  • learning what type of care – food, shelter, coops that those animals need
  • gardening in a new province and zone
  • the ocean – high/low tides, animals dying at sea and washing up on shore, and decomposition
Hands-on Learning on the Homestead - little children holding chicks

Books Related to Homesteading with Kids

Some of the books we read, learning together about homesteading. These books are necessarily made for kids, but were great. Full of images and great information.

The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals

This book covers everything you need to successfully raise your own farm animals, from selecting the right breeds to producing delicious fresh milk, cheese, honey, eggs, and meat. Even with just a small plot of land, you can become more self-sufficient, save money, and enjoy healthy, delicious animal products.

The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!

This comprehensive guide to homesteading provides all the information you need to grow and preserve a sustainable harvest of grains and vegetables; raise animals for meat, eggs, and dairy; and keep honey bees for your sweeter days. With easy-to-follow instructions on canning, drying, and pickling, you’ll enjoy your backyard bounty all winter long.

The Suburban Micro-Farm

Would you like to grow healthy food for your table? Do you want to learn the secrets of farming even though you live in a neighborhood? It just might be possible!

Farm Anatomy

Learn the difference between a farrow and a barrow, and what distinguishes a weanling from a yearling. Country and city mice alike will delight in Julia Rothman’s charming illustrated guide to the curious parts and pieces of rural living. 

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