In any class I teach, the central theme of my teaching will always be to “Create the vision and Develop the passion.” from Wings of Eagles Consulting, used with written permission.
This class is both fun and informative. Students will learn about farming in the 1800’s and compare that with how it is done today. It is exciting that this year students will once again be able to visit Twelve Oaks Farms to work with horses and sheep as part of the class! They will actually learn grooming with Martha and one of our student friendly miniature horses, Satin.
Students will experience the life of a student in the 1800s by playing with games and toys that were a source of entertainment 120 years ago. Students learn the importance of the Bible verse, “Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. Proverbs 27:23.
Students learn to keep it natural, farm without pesticides, and attend to crops and animals in a kindly manner. Students learn how to use what is on hand to do what needs to be done. Student use the simple machines in class to learn how to make the best use of every tool.
Students specifically learn how to:
- make do with what you have on hand. In the 1800’s there was no True Value just down the street.
- pay attention to God’s wildlife and understand their needs
- use simple machines to learn either how to do farm work easier or how to do farm work they are not strong enough to do without the help of the simple machine
- prevent waste and want. Students can prevent developing a disposable attitude by finding uses for things on hand.
- do what is needed when it is needed. It is a matter of developing the confidence of farm kids in the 1800’s. There was no phone to use to call for a cleanup or construction crew.
- Do search and rescue. Each animal must be checked for general conditions of health and that environmental elements are not stressing them. Remember, the shepherd leaves the 99 sheep to look for the one. Even the small things that help the farm can be rescued. The butterfly even has a dual purpose. It is beautiful but it also pollinates.
- disconnect from electronics and connect to God’s creation to see the love in what He created.
- tell stories in an artful way
- make button spinners
Students will learn how farm kids passed the time in the 1800’s with things such as:
- rag dolls
- sack swings
- piggy wants a signal
- looking for horny toads
- tree houses
- catch and release lightening bugs