When you homeschool your kids, you have the flexibility to provide them with learning experiences that are important to your family. It’s moose hunting season here in the interior of Alaska, and my son Tony headed to moose camp a few weeks ago.
Let me warn you that there are photos of moose meat hanging and dead moose, so if that disturbs you, please stop here.
There are a few staples I brought everywhere we went, and of course, journals were on the top of the list. This was followed by math and more writing materials.
In the case of Moose Camp, prep the kids with library research about the area. The camp Tony went to happened to be near a mining operation, so we would have found out what they were mining and a bit about the history of the mines.
The camp was also near a ski lodge, so plan on adding a side trip, and incorporate a brief history of that lodge.
While Tony was trekking around the mountains in search of a bull, he discovered a missile. After a discussion at camp with one of the guys who had been in the military, he learned that the planes sometimes dropped things accidentally, including missiles.
That was a frightening discovery!
But also a great learning opportunity. I have one son who would have been very interested in everything involving weapons, so he would have written a journal entry on the discovery and made a note to look it up when we got back home. There are also many ideas for creative writing ideas:
- The reaction of the military group when they landed and realized they were missing something important
- Imagine being on the ground and seeing a missile coming toward you
- What may have happened if it had exploded
- Imagine being the missile
Much of their learning at this time would involve hunting and butchering techniques. It has always been important to me for my kids to be self-sufficient. Moose camp has many opportunities for those interested in teaching their kids hunting skills.
One of my daughters was a vegetarian for several years. She was protesting cruelty to animals, and this would have been a perfect opportunity to show her the difference between the treatment of domesticated animals and those hunted for meat in the wild. Of course, if she had not wanted to go, arrangements would have been made.
There are three groups of people in moose camp: those hunting, those learning and doing the heavy work, and those at camp keeping it cleaned and preparing food.
There are many problem-solving and math opportunities at moose camp. Cooking includes many math skills, and the hunters need to be able to determine distance, in order to know how far they will have to shoot to get their bull moose. Then they need to know how much the meat weighs, determine how to get it back to camp, and how to divide it between all members of the camp.
The skills being passed down to the younger generation are invaluable, and one of the many benefits of homeschooling. In order for moose camp to run successfully, lessons are taught by the elders that can’t be taught without the hands-on experiences.
In our current world of instant gratification, the virtue of patience is worth the hunting trip even if all other educational materials were forgotten at home. Hunting requires time spent quietly searching, waiting, and then taking the time to get it right.
Most Activities of everyday life can be turned into learning experiences.
My goal as a homeschool parent was to get my kids interested in lifelong learning and to help them along the way by providing opportunities for them.
I have located a wonderful online resource for keeping your kids writing, and it would be perfect for activities where the family is on the go. Check out this site on note booking and let me know what you think!
You can leave a comment or suggestion below. And tell me about your favorite activities away from home and how you incorporated homeschooling.