When we were thinking about how we, as natural health and herbal enthusiasts, could be a better resource to the homeschooling community (because many of us are also homeschoolers), we decided to stick with what we know. Homesteading – and all the projects that go with it, like growing and foraging for food, sewing, cooking, preserving, and medicine-making – was nearly a lost art. After the chaos of the last few years, interest is re-surging, but…many adults are learning these skills themselves for the first time. We don’t have generations of knowledge to hand down the way we once did.
That’s why we created this resource. We wanted to share hands-on, real-world projects that will teach kids skills they really need to know, no matter what else they do with their lives. Everyone can benefit from knowing how to take care of themselves in such basic ways!
Most ages can use this information to improve and develop homesteading skills, whether used as part of your home education program or for your personal life journey. We anticipate that this whole unit study can be completed in as little as two weeks (if you focus entirely on this), or as long as 6 weeks (if you choose a project a week plus bonus materials). Incorporate it into your homeschool however works for you.
Not a homeschooler? These projects make a great enrichment activity for any student, or even adults who want to learn some new skills in a practical way! Look for future unit studies in this series, coming soon!
Projects in Wild Berries:
- Forage for berries (blueberries, elderberries, blackberries, black raspberries, raspberries)
- Sew a bag to collect your berries
- Make berry kombucha
- Preserve mixed berry jam (refined-sugar-free)
- Make berry leaf tea as medicine
This guide is detailed, hands-on, and multi-disciplinary. In addition to step-by-step tutorials (see images for example pages), there are writing prompts, reading suggestions, art prompts, discussion questions, and more. This is a complete unit study that you can use as-is, or add on to (with our suggestions) depending on your family’s needs! You don’t have to gather a bunch of library books or extra materials if you don’t want to, and needed materials are clearly laid out on a per-project basis. Pick and choose what you want to do and when! (No major prep work necessary — major bonus for busy homeschooling moms.)