Your upper elementary-aged child is ready to learn all about farms. These free farm resources for upper elementary kids will help them move away from only learning about farm animals, to learning how farms work, gardening, crop rotation, and more.
No more coloring pages of cute little farm animals and learning animal noises.
Once kids get a little older, they can start learning about what a farm’s purpose is and how important they are to our country – and other countries worldwide.
While growing up in New York City, I would have never thought that I would end up anywhere near a farm. The Lord must have a “good” sense of humor. I am not an animal lover and I don’t like getting dirty – that’s all out the window now.
We are the proud owners of a small pig farm about 20 feet from my back door – where my bedroom is.
In the hot summer months, all 10 of them, I have one of two choices. Sleep with a fan on to skyrocket my electricity bill, or leave my bedroom back door open (screen door shut, of course).
Oh, the pungent aroma of pig poop and sludge passing by just the right angle of the wind direction — when it wakes me from my slumber ever so swiftly with the cool summer breeze.
Oh, farms, that’s right. Farms are good.
Regardless of how I feel about my pig farm’s smell, I do appreciate the benefit it brings my family. My husband also has a root crop farm that he tends to weekly.
As a teen, I thought one day I would be living in a loft, ten or more stories up a high rise in Manhattan. God definitely had other plans for my life.
I have comfort in knowing that HIS plan is 100 times better than anyone I can think up on my own.
Working the farm has done wonders for my son (10 years old now).
When my son was a baby, he and I were inseparable. My heart is turning to mush about it as we speak. We were so close.
Yet, once he started getting a little older (after about 6), he gravitated to his dad a lot more than I would care to admit. I still made (and still make) him cuddle with me, but I knew that this gradual change was necessary.
We moved to a country where my husband had to tend to the land frequently. He has grown root crops, corn, while growing chickens and pigs. My son went with his dad whenever he could.
Four years later, my son is still tagging along with his father and putting in the work. He knows how to feed the dogs, pigs, and chickens every morning on his own if my husband needs him to.
He tills and tends to the root crops alongside my husband twice a week, which is a LOT of work.
I miss my little bestie, but the lessons my son is learning in responsibility, in working hard, and in reaping what he has sown are priceless.
Why learn about farms?
Farms are invaluable commodities for countries that our children should learn about. A simple trip to the fresh market or nearby grocery store will explain why they are vital to us all.
Although your little ones may not fully understand what farms are and why we need them, as kids get older they need to know about the source of most of the world’s nutrition.
Here are a few more reasons why teaching kids about farms is necessary:
-Developing a good relationship with food can be built upon the information of where and how food is grown in farms. Farmers work hard to produce good food they provide to communities and nations alike.
-The quality of the good food produced has a lot to do with how hard a farmer works to care for his land and animals. (This is a great example for our kids.)
-Farming teaches patience. Some of our root crops take about six months to grow adequately. There is nothing like the hard work put into caring for the land, then yielding the fruit of one’s hard work through time and endurance.
-What is my husband and son’s very favorite part of yielding their crops? The first thing they do, straight from gathering the root crops, is to go to a few homes of friends/families to give them some of the crops.
See, we do not have much, but it brings our family so much joy to help other families in Christ. This experience will train and grow my son into a man who serves others and gives away the first of his fruits.
Acts 20:35, “In all things, I have shown you that by working hard in this way, we must help the weak and remember the Lord Jesus’s words, how he said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
-The Bible says, if you don’t work then you don’t eat. Teaching kids about farm life helps them understand hard work. They know the value of working to produce rewards. My son will learn to not feel entitled but to work for what he has.
2 Thessalonians 3:10, “If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.”
Proverbs 13:4, “The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.”
You might want to check out our Farm Notebook, a companion to Julia Rothman’s Farm Anatomy.
The Farm Notebook teaches kids all about soil, farm animals, plants, country crafts, and much more.
Explore these free farm resources for upper elementary kids at home:
Everything You Need to Know About Farm Life | Kitchen Stewardship
Upper Elementary Agriculture Lesson Plans | AGClassroom
Upper Elementary Students Visit Down to Earth Farm | Montessori Tides
Crop rotation facts for kids | Kids.Kiddle
Upper Grades Farm-Themed FREE Unit Studies | The Frugal Homeschooling Mom
Non Fiction Farm Books For Kids (Farm Unit Study) | Mommy Evolution
Animal Farm Unit – FREE Ideas | Language Arts Classroom
Farm Unit Study (FREE Resources) | Year-Round Homeschooling
Farm Animals: Books and Educational Resources | The Natural Homeschool
Homestead Management Printables | Simple Life of a Country Wife
FREE Farm Animals Unit Study and Printables (Middle School) | Year Round Homeschooling
Farm Animals FREE Notebooking Pack | Homeschool Helper Online
FREE Printable Farm Jokes | Wonderwoman Wannabe
Farm-to-Fork FREE Curriculum | Science Lessons that Rock
Farm and Garden FREE Calendar | Well-Fed Homestead
FREE Farm Facts & Worksheets | KidKonnect
Games and activities to go alongside your lessons for older kids.
Farm Animals Sudoku Puzzles (FREE printables) | Gift of Curiosity
Camp Learn & Play – FREE Farm Stem Week | No Time for Flashcards
Graphing- Farm Animals- FREEBIE | Love Teaching Kids
DIY Farm Animal Graph and FREE Printable | Life Over C’s
Exploring Weight on the Farm | Life Over C’s
Videos to help you with your farm unit for older kids:
How to use crop rotation | Gardening Australia
Jenna, a Dairy Farmer | Citizen Kid by Disney
A Day on the Farm | OhioDairyFarmers
From Farm to Table | Nat Geo Live
A Day On The Ranch for Kids | Blippi Axe Family
It is a useful learning experience to teach kids about farms. Farming happens to be one of the most important occupations in the world. Farms provide the food and clothing we need to get by on a daily basis.
Nowadays, farmers aren’t just experts in agriculture. They also are, most undoubtedly, smart businessmen. As a matter of fact, farming was the first career ever created:
Genesis 2:15, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.”
Teaching our older primary students with these Free Farm Resources for Upper Elementary will help them appreciate the importance of farming in our past and for our future.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!