Fall

Fall time. aaaaaahhhhhh, my absolute favorite. The kids really seem to like it too, they can go outside and play pretty much all day without getting too hot or cold. However Fall is also our busiest time of the year, this is the time when animals need to be processed (taken to the butcher, or butchered by us), the garden needs to be readied for winter and I try to get some fresh mulch and yard work done so when spring comes I’m not scrambling in between rains. The 2 hogs we had have been taken to the butcher and now our freezer is full of pork, we also processed 10 chickens ourselves. Small Warrior got quite a few good lessons in that: PE – chasing the chickens to catch them, Religion –  thanking God and the chicken for its meat and eggs it had given us plus death, Biology – learning the parts of the chicken (lungs, heart, intestines, etc.), Nutrition – what the fat was and why I was removing it, Math – counting heads and feet, History – which came first the chicken or egg, Trade – learning how we process our own food. We also processed our own turkeys this year too. We find lessons all around us, driving to the store the other day we passed all kinds of combines and tractors harvesting corn and soybean. So Small Warrior asked lots of questions (he was more upset over them cutting the corn down then butchering chickens). It really doesn’t matter if you live in the country or in an urban area, there are things to learn all around us. What kind of things do you find around you to learn?

 

one of the turkeys we raised and processed

 

pork chops from our pigs

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