“Hey! This is part 3 of how we homeschool, we do work. We do real work in the world. Right now we’re on an organic farm and we are harvesting and preserving vegetables. The kids are learning about the life cycle of plants, they’re learning how to preserve.”
“What have we been preserved?” “Ah, Potatoes.” “We’re harvested potatoes and beets.”
“And tomatoes and beets and carrots.” “And pumpkins!”
“So preserving goes hand in hand with science, they’re learning about temperature and germs. Different ways of preservation, like dehydrating. Bye bye! ”
Some more thoughts…
What I mean by “real work in the world” is that it is meaningful, purposeful work. It not a simulation of “what if you were a farmer and you grew 200 pounds off tomatoes …. ” The kids are in the field or green house with the actual farmer, harvesting the actual tomatoes. They see the effects of bugs and animals on the crop. They see what happens after the first frost. They get to taste the tomatoes. They get to experience hard work on a farm. Most importantly, they learn where their food comes from.
The beets! We dug, washed, cooked, peeled and sliced and then preserved about 4 buckets of red, orange and white beets. What is the purpose of the brine? How do you make it? Why do we give the jars a hot water bath at the end? How much do you sell each jar for? This is experience based learning … there are no worksheets or tests, except maybe the one true test of how long the beets will last. Lori, the owner or Harvest House Farm says “They last for years!” Well I hope our memories and inspiration from this farm, outlasts the beets.