The great thing about farm life is there are so many opportunities for kids to learn. So many skills for them to have real life experience with. Skills that will help to grow them up into fine farm guys and gals.
The farmboys have been begging to build a real treehouse since we got to the farm, and we finally had an excuse to do so.
Lessons from the Treehouse was a joy for us for several reasons:
Besides just focusing on the mechanics of actually planning and
building a treehouse, it offered more than 50 hands-on science, math,
language and other subject lessons for the whole experience. Who said
learning can't be fun? A boy can learn just about anything with a drill
in his hand. :)
2. Carol J. Alexander, author of Lessons from the Treehouse,
believes that kids can learn a ton from the experiences provided by
life on a homestead. Lessons from the Treehouse is part of her Lessons from the Homestead series. It currently includes Lessons from the Henhouse and Lessons from the Seed Catalog. And if you subscribe to her free newsletter or follow her blog you can learn more about the soon to be released lessons as well!
The boys had a blast with the unit study, and I was amazed at how many
times I was reminded just how much learning there is to be had on the
homestead. Sometimes farmish folks forget that, because its our
normal "day in, day out". And sometimes we parents rush through our
responsibilities because its just faster if we do them ourselves. If
there is one thing I've learned from Carol J. Alexander's unit studies,
its that I need to make sure the kids are doing the doing...because
that's how they're learning. :)
4. You don't have to be
a homeschooling parent to enjoy this unit study. Anyone who knows or
loves kids and wants them to learn from their life experiences will
benefit from Lessons from the Treehouse...or any of the other homestead lessons.
5. You don't even have to live in the country or be planning a
real life treehouse to learn from this unit study. There are several
activities for all aged kids, and lots of learning and fun to be
had...even if you're just dreamin' about the day you CAN build a
We really enjoyed Lessons from the Treehouse and look forward to using more of Carol J.Alexander's unit studies. Our treehouse base is completed...
we're looking forward to finishing it. Farmboy Iggy thinks it will
eventually be a three story treehouse with a zipline connecting to
Oh, the lessons we will learn. :)
**A different (but equally as glowing!) review of Lessons from the Treehouse is also posted today at my other blog, The Hmmmschooling Mom.