Whether you are a homeschooling mom or just interested in teaching your kids SOMETHING over the summer, here are a few great ways to think about teaching agriculture to your kids!
Who? What? When? Where? How? WHY? There are some really incredible agriculture facts that you can share with your kids. But do they really mean anything if they’re unable to relate to it? Kids may asking “Well what does this have to do with me?” You can answer. “Quite a lot!” Farmers grow crops and livestock all across the country to feed their families, your families, our country, and even the world. And that’s just the start!
So you’ve shared some fun and interesting facts, you’ve answered the “big questions”, and now…. You can tie it all together. Agriculture is so much more than farming! From transportation to accounting, agricultural engineers to food processing, veterinarians to research scientists. Dig deeper with your students to find out how agriculture affects other industries, and how other industries can affect agriculture. The Tassel to Table Activity from Illinois Corn is just one way to show how agriculture is much more than farming.
GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY
That’s right! There are all kinds of hands on activities, that you and your kids can do to learn more about agriculture. This is a fun way to further explain topics, get the kids involved, and it can often double as snack time.
TAKE A TRIP
Verbal lessons and hands on activities can be fun, but seeing agriculture first hand is almost unbeatable. This could be as simple as taking a virtual farm tour , or maybe you could talk to a local farmer. If you’re up for an adventure you could even check out Fair Oaks Farms in Fair Oaks, IN.
WHAT ABOUT ME
Your kids will have learned so much about agriculture and its importance. Encourage them to take what they’ve learned and tell other people! If you’re a teacher, encourage them to tell their families at home. If you’re a parent doing these things at home, encourage your kids to tell their friends, their teachers, and other family members. Even after your lesson is over, make connections from everyday life to agriculture. They’re everywhere! As kids grow older and begin to think about careers, remind them that agriculture has careers for everyone!
2014 IL Corn Summer Ag Education Inter