Ranch Kids and Homeschooling

For those of you who have read past posts, you have probably gathered the facts that we live on a ranch, there are six kids in our family, and we homeschool.  The last three posts have been on the ranch, so this post is going to be on homeschooling.

When my older brother ( who is the oldest kid in our family), became old enough to start school, my parents felt led to homeschool.  So, that’s what they did, and now eleven years later, mom is teaching five of us six kids (tenth grade down to kindergarten).  I love it! I can’t see our family doing it any other way.  It works great, especially with us living on a ranch.  Doing schooling this way, we can go to roundup, or help trail cows down from the mountains (Go to Fall Ranching to learn more about roundup and trailing cows).  Mom and dad strongly believe in the fact that we not only learn by studying out of a book, but also by experiencing life.  But, that doesn’t mean we get out of doing textbooks.  Yes, we still have to do math, grammar, history, science, and all subjects that all other kids have to do.  My parents realize that we not only need to experience life, but that we also need a good education! There is no way a person could live a good, productive life in this world today without a good education.

We have five days a week of school, Mon-Fri.  We start at eight every morning,  beginning with Bible time.  What is Bible time? Bible time entails Bible reading, devotions, and prayer time.  It’s a good way to start out the day.  After Bible, we all head off to start our school.  Kindergarten through 8th grade is mostly done with pen/pencil and paper.  When we hit high school, more time is spent on the computer.  Well, that’s all for now!  God Bless! 🙂

Britt

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Fall Ranching

IMG_3451    Fall is a pretty busy time of year,  especially as we get into October.  During the summer, all the cows head to the mountains to pasture.  When Fall comes, it’s time for the cows to come home to the ranch.  October and November will be filled with days of gathering cows from the mountain pastures and bringing them home.  Semi trucks will pick up the calves and yearlings (yearlings are one year old calves) and bring them to the ranch.  We trail the cows home.  The first bunch, we will trail home around the middle of October.  It takes us two days.  By the end of the two days, we have trailed around thirty to thirty- five miles.  The second bunch comes home in November; they don’t have as far to travel.  They only have to go about twenty miles.

The beginning of October is roundup.  Roundup is when a whole bunch of ranchers, who have cows up in the mountains, head up and round up all of the cows that have been grazing in the mountains for the summer.  That is a full three-day event.  We just take the camper up and stay those three days.  Last year was the first year I was finally old enough to go to roundup.  It was lots of fun!  After cows are home for the winter and get all settled in, we start gearing up for calving season in February.  But, that’s for a whole other post!  If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask in comments.  Talk to you later! 🙂

Britt