I rented the Toro Dingo yesterday to make post holes with the auger and to widen the little road going into our backyard with a little front loader. As I was working I realized, “Hey, this would be a fun thing for Ryan to learn how to do.” So I called him out. While on … More Ryan on the Dingo (or) Playing in Poo
My daughter Juliana’s friends came to help build the barn! These are friends from her homeschool group. They donated their time as a service project. I am so grateful for their help. They each came for several days and helped for many hours! What a great learning project for them and a great help to … More Getting the Teenagers Involved in the Barn Building
From playing in the texture of the hardened cement, To driving the screws after the board is set in place, To filling in the gap’s above the cement, Kids can feel, and be, useful on a project like this. My daughter Melanie and her husband Kevin set all the vertical post in place for me … More Building a Barn With Kids
Digging out a bush is hard work! With my health so poor that exertion makes me winded and my heart race, having a crew of young men is an amazing thing. When my two young grandchildren begged to stay with me for a couple days, I warned them I would put them to work. They … More My Amazing Crew of Young Men!
When I had a bunch of homeschool families over to play capture the flag in the dark, trackerschool style, I had fun demonstrating to the kids and adults how to use mud and oily charcoal to camouflage yourself for the game we were about to play. ONE of the most fun parts of the night, … More Camouflage Capture The Flag In the Dark Game
In 2010 the kids and I attended Rick Berry’s 4 Element Earth Education class in Northern California, and had a great time. Rick is one of the original people in charge of Coyote Tracks, an appendage of Tom Brown Jr.’s Trackerschool, in New Jersey. One of the activities the kids liked best was hunting … More Kids and Bows and Arrows!
This past January I joined a homeschool group. The administrators have allowed me to teach a group of 10 kids ages 8 to 12, and in class I have been sharing some of the most fun things I learned in survival school. We have played some stalking and awareness games, made clay bowls that we … More Wilderness Survival Workshop going well.
These kids really impressed me. The 3 older boys practically fought over who was going to shovel the bedding mix out of the truck! We had to set a timer so they could switch out every 5 minutes so they could each get a turn. Of course, getting a tiny little tootsie roll when they … More Gardening With Kids!
This morning we asked the kids if they would rather work in their school workbooks or do some projects around the house with my daughter and I. Unanimously they wanted to do projects. We typically work on projects ourselves while the kids entertain themselves, but we thought, we are wasting a teaching opportunity! So now … More Child Labor or Kids Having Fun?