Learning on the Farm

by Dawn Oaks on August 5, 2013 · 0 comments

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Welcome to our 5 Days of Schooling of the Farm series! We are really looking forward to this and think it will be a fun way of sharing with our readers a bit more of an inside view of what goes on at the Double O Farms on a day to day basis with a focus on our learning. Throughout the week, we will be visiting these different types of learning and how they fit into our life as a farm family.

Textbook Learning

Developing a Work Ethic

Character Building: The 5 Fruits of the Spirit

Creativity and Dream Chasing

Balancing it All

Textbook Learning

Yes, our children do complete regular school subjects with regular textbooks. They cover subject matter each year in Language Arts, Math, Science, History, and some elective classes. The wonderful thing about homeschooling is that we get to pick their books, software, and major topics to study in each of these subject areas each year. We are still fine tuning our resources for this year, but hope to have that list out next week.

Our children will be in 4th grade, 7th grade, 10th grade, and 11th grade. They will be completing the following subjects this year.

4th Grade:

  • Reading
  • Spelling
  • Grammar and Writing
  • Math
  • Science – Oceanography
  • American History (19th Century America)
  • Piano
  • Spanish

7th Grade

  • Literature study through Biographies
  • Grammar and Writing
  • Spelling / Vocabulary
  • Math
  • Science – Oceanography
  • World Geography
  • Woodworking

10th Grade

  • Literary Analysis through Classic Literature
  • Fiction Writing for the High School Student
  • Advanced Algebra
  • Introduction to Agriscience
  • Biology
  • World History
  • French
  • SAT/ACT Preparations
  • Piano

11th Grade

  • American Literature
  • Writing Essays and Research Papers
  • Trigonometry/Pre-Calculas
  • Anatomy/Physiology
  • American History
  • Logic and Critical Thinking
  • French
  • SAT/ACT Preparation
  • Complete courses in Film Production and Film History

Some of these subjects were chosen because they meet the normal requirements of students at each of these grade levels. Others of these subjects have been chosen because of our life on the farm and passions we have seen from our children as a result of things they do on a day to day basis. Our goal in our schooling is to help our children to develop into the person that God has naturally wired them to be. As their parents, we are given the task of helping them search out their calling and purpose in this life as men and women, employees or business owners, and also as servants.

Our youngest loves music. He sings and dances as he does his chores, walks in the pasture, and while riding on the tractor with his dad. We had an opportunity to review the Adventus piano software this past year and have found a winner for our young budding musician. For more information on this wonderful curriculum, just click here to visit our review.

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Farm life requires not just working with animals and plants, but so many other skills. In a way a farmer must become a jack of all trades. There are plumbing projects to complete in making sure that appropriate water lines are run to the animals and maintained. There is simple electrical and small machinery work related to equipment maintenance and the use of generators when the weather has our power out. There is a large amount of carpentry work to be done in repairing and building fencing, animal shelters, and out buildings. Creativity and ingenuity are the names of the game as many needs arise very quickly and we must problem solve the solutions with items that are on hand. As a result of seeing our 13 year old’s natural talents in various carpentry tasks we have given him, we will be focusing much more on woodworking as part of his schooling this year.

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Building His Own Tree Stand in Preparation for Hunting Season

Our 10th grade daughter loves the farm and everything about it. We have been using her science credits in high school to get more advanced training in specific areas related to farming. We have gone off from the traditional biology, chemistry, and physics path up to this point because of how clearly she feels led to pursue a farm/ranch vocation in the future. Last year, we focused on horticulture. This year, she will be completing an Introduction to Agriscience class. We have also discussed however the importance of the more traditional high school science classes. She will be taking a self-paced approach in completing a full credit course in biology this year as well.

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Our oldest child has discovered that after living on a farm for most of her life that farm life is not her cup of tea. She enjoys helping out in keeping our home running smoothly while her siblings work on the farm. Her passion is in the area of film production. We have learned that learning what you are not called to can provide just as much information as knowing what your passions are. She has used her passion up to this point in producing her own version of a Got Milk? commercial among other projects.

 

 

Life on the farm has given us a broader basis to view our children’s natural gifts, talents, and passions as they arise. We try to foster these through further textbook instruction, project based learning, and exploring them together. Celebrating each other’s accomplishments and uniqueness is a huge part of who we are and how we find the most harmonious fit for our kids in their schooling and life on the farm.

Tune in again tomorrow as we share about developing a work ethic in our children.

 

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