On the Farm

Teacher Name: Martha Gillespie
Teacher Email: marthaivan3276@gmail.com
Tuition: $160.00 per year, payable in monthly installments of $20.00
Discount for Semester Payment: none
Supply/Materials Fee (due at registration): $25.00
Deposit (due at registration): $20.00
Grades: K – 3rd
Minimum Class Size: 8
Maximum Class Size: 20
Midterm Enrollment: Yes
Class Time: 5th hour
Prerequisite: None
Estimated homework hours: 30 minutes

Required Materials or Books: Journal

Class Description:
In any class I teach the central theme of my teaching will always be to: Create the Vision, Develop the Passion (© Wings of Eagles Consulting, used with written permission). This technique helps students visualize what they wish to achieve and then develop the commitment to make what they visualized happen.

Twelve Oaks Farms

God hath chosen ….
“And base things of the work, and things which are despised, hath God chosen. Yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are ….” I Corinthians 1:28

“That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. I Corinthians 2:5

Twelve Oaks Farms is not “fancy” or “modern”. The word fancy and farm have nothing to do with each other. Oftentimes, the word “modern” means a lot of money to spend to make farm life convenient and less time consuming. This is not how Twelve Oaks Farms glorifies God.

The following verses probably mean more to the “way of Twelve Oaks Farms” than any description I would write myself:

“Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. For riches are not forever: and doth the crown endure to every generation? The hay appeareth and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.” Proverbs 27:23-25

We have always believed that Twelve Oaks Farms belongs to God. We are blessed to be allowed to live on it and share what we have learned of God’s nature (the ways of Him) on this land. This is why when I see all four of our big horses (Percherons) I say 1) Praise 2) His 3) holy 4) name. Twelve Oaks Farms is kind of like a state of mind and these are some of the ways I will try to impart this state of mind to the children. This is how I intend to create the vision and then develop the passion.

We will learn:
1. Keep it all natural – “no artificial ingredients added”. Cattle and sheep on a natural diet and the benefits of diatomaceous earth
2. No pesticides used on God’s herds
3. Keep it all kind: no hot shots, no whips, no guns, no hunting. If children are taught to be kind to all God’s creatures they are more likely to be kind to people too.
4. Use what you have to make do. Obviously we buy some things but we try to keep the amount we spend low because we are a non-profit rescue center for Central Texas. So, if you need a walkway you pick up flat rocks on the farm and lay them in place to form the walkway that keeps your feet dry on rainy days. Or if you find old bricks from the ruins of an original farmhouse you might use those to make a walkway.
5. Pay attention to God’s wildlife and learn. Watch them for clues as to how to do things and when.
6. Study simple machines to learn how to either do farm work easier or how to do work that you are not strong enough to do without help.
7. No waste, no want. Don’t allow yourself to have a disposable attitude. Don’t throw everything away – some things can be re-purposed on a farm.
8. Take time to let God’s Spirit help you to smell the fragrances. Whistle while you work. Discover that time spent outside in God’s love will relieve a ton of stress.
9. You can do it – you just have to! Sometimes on a farm things are hard to do and sometimes even frightening to do – but there is no maid service to come and do it for you. You are the farmer God entrusted with the farm. You have to make it so. You will become stronger physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually when you go ahead and just do what you need to do.
10. Search and Rescue. Be aware of and pay close attention to what is going on near and far from you. Count all your animals each day. Each day make sure each and every animal has food, shelter and clean water. Make sure each animal looks healthy. Make sure nothing is stressing the animals. Remember, the shepherd leaves the 99 sheep to look for the 1 lost sheep. On Twelve Oaks Farms we rescue even the small things, like a butterfly that has landed in a water trough and needs help getting out so it can dry its wings.
11. Don’t waste food, water, time or the beauty in what God created.
12. Disconnect from electronics and connect to God’s creation and His love.

We will learn about how and why people on farms in the 1800s did things like:
bread making
butter making
get their own milk and cream
made fences from limbs from trees
made houses from logs and clay
make Native American teepees
use corn for both people and livestock like pigs
make fertilizer from natural materials
water a garden without a hose

We will learn how people that lived on a farm in the 1800s added enjoyment to their lives:
button spinners
rag dolls
skipping rocks
hop scotch
sack swings
story telling – the art – Tall Tales, Jack Tales and Brer Rabbit Tales
hide and seek
piggy wants a signal
music: guitar, harmonica, accordion, banjo, flutes, drums
pot holder looms
horny toads
tree houses
lightening bugs catch and release
dancing barn raising
wood working: chairs, tables, beds, etc.

About Martha Gillespie

A teacher's background enhances the classroom and field trip experiences of students. God has blessed me with a broad background that gives me an appreciation for the different learning styles of each of my students. As a high school student, I was fortunate to see the beginnings of environmental awareness (now called Green) and peaceful protests to garner support for social causes. I was fortunate to travel and work in the United States, Sweden, England, Ireland, Switzerland, Indonesia, Japan, and Singapore. God uses my background and experiences to help me be a better teacher. He has taught me to appreciate simple things discovered in nature, wisdom of elderly people, and the faith of a child. I love these things and try to help children develop the same appreciations. Our family business, Wings of Eagles Consulting, is heavily involved in adult education. We tell our students to "Create the Vision, Develop the Passion" © 1990. It is our belief that God expects teachers and parents to help children create the vision God intends for their life and then set the stage for passion for that vision to happen.
I have taught in the public school system, private Baptist affiliated schools and home-school. I am a State of Texas certified teacher. I graduated from Houston Baptist University with BA degrees in both Elementary Education and Psychology. I also completed a MS in Psychology. I work in the Youth Department of the YMCA in Child Watch and the after-school program. I am also a certified Instructor at the YMCA, teaching Kids Fit and a kids version of Zumba.
On a personal note, I have been married to Bruce T. Gillespie for 43 years! Our family business took us all over the world. We used homeschooling because it allowed our children to travel with us and we felt it was a better option than the public school system. Each of our children went from home-school to college. My love of the sea started with my first trip to Galveston with my parents. I have been a surfer since I was 14 years old and still enjoy taking a ride on the waves. My husband and I have owned Twelve Oaks Farms since 1983. This organic farm has been the home to cattle, horses (Percheron and miniature), sheep, and dogs. The farm has remained organic for 30 years. It has been and will continue to be a place to relax while reflecting upon what God has done in our lives.