Are you looking to add some hands-on fun to your homeschool while teaching your children a few important life skills?
If so, it may be time to learn how to make homesteading a subject in your homeschool, no matter which season you’re in.
The Oxford English Dictionary North American definition of a homestead is “an area of land (usually 160 acres) granted to a settler in the West as a home.”
Today, homesteading has evolved to mean becoming as self-reliant as possible, especially when it comes to providing your own food, clothing, and in some cases, even shelter.
And while uprooting your suburban or city family for a life on a 160-acre farm might not be realistic, there are lots of ways to incorporate homestead lessons into homeschool life, all year round.
Since we homestead and homeschool in a remote part of Canada’s subarctic, we feel it’s important our children learn how to be as self-reliant as possible. We want them to survive, thrive, and be able to provide for themselves if necessary.
So I started looking for free downloads and printable homesteading lessons to work into our homeschool day.
I found so many I created a list of 25 Free Homesteading Printables & Downloads for Kids. You’ll find a link to it at the bottom of this page.
Wondering how you can actually make homesteading a part of your own homeschool? My best tip is to teach your children homesteading lessons based on the season.
Schedule Homesteading Lessons By Season
Teaching homesteading equips children with skills to use each and every day, rain or shine.
Homesteading includes important lessons and it’s an important subject that I teach right alongside Bible study, reading, writing and arithmetic.
Consider including homesteading resources when you’re organizing your homeschool.
We include homesteading as a regular subject in of our year-round homeschool routine. I find it easier to teach homeschool lessons or unit studies when the weather suits what we’re learning.
Spring is the perfect time to get kids involved in organizing and garden planning. It’s just fun to practise reading and writing with gardening logs and charts. It’s also a good time to start seed indoors and learn about farm animals and how to care for them.
Summer means more hands-on outdoor gardening learning opportunities, working outdoors on homestead projects like building a chicken coop or even a greenhouse. Introduce a simple farm unit and learn about caring for chickens pigs, or cows.
Autumn is the perfect opportunity to teach your children about harvesting and preserving herbs and vegetables, baking bread, and making butter. And don’t forget to teach about the early homesteading settlers in North America and the first Thanksgiving!
Winter In winter, look for lessons on homestead and pioneer crafts. Choose pioneer Christmas stories for reading out loud, and don’t forget to include Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic Little House on the Prairie series.
Now’s the time to teach your children the basic (and useful) life skills like sewing, carpentry, woodworking or cooking.
Get started teaching homesteading as part of your homeschool today.
Head over to Off Grid Life for your great big list of Free Homesteading Printables & Downloads for Kids!
Sarita Harbour is a busy mom/step-mom, and grandmother blessed with seven kids ranging from age 32 down to seven. She lives off the grid with her family in a lakefront chalet in the beautiful wilderness of Canada’s far north. She spends her days teaching, writing, and learning the ropes of homesteading off the grid. Visit her site, Off Grid Life, for free printables and resources on homesteading, homeschooling, and self-reliance for the whole family.