Raising Renegade Kids

One of the advantages of homeschooling is that you can make sure your kids get an education in the things that really matter. And what could matter more than food? We very rarely use purchased curricula in our homeschooling, preferring a more fluid approach, but have made an exception for Food Renegade’s Real Food Nutrition for Kids. We are working our way through the chapters, doing the activities and making lapbooks presenting the information. Here’s the boys puzzling over what is real food and what is fake food:

real or fake

We are now up to the chapter on produce and the boys have been really inspired by learning about what fruits and vegetables are in season. With a bit of help from this website, they have put together a chart of what’s in season when (in the UK). Then we discovered some unused blank 2012 calendars, and so they decided to use this information to make pictures to go with each month. Even though it is already February, they were keen to include January! They have completed the first three months and will continue with the others over the next few days. Here are illustrations from Waif (just turned 7):

Waif - JanuaryWaif - FebruaryWaif - March

And Gman (just turned 12):

Gman - JanuaryGman - FebruaryGman - March

And we all enjoyed watching the Way of the Vegetable Assassin:

This post has been submitted to Food Renegades Fight Back Friday

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7 thoughts on “Raising Renegade Kids

  1. Andria says:

    I love the idea of a calendar showing what produce is in season…you could seriously market that!! 🙂

  2. Allie says:

    Don’t you just love the freedom of homeschooling! You can explore so much of a subject. Great drawings, good job!

  3. Sarah says:

    Our homeschooling approaches sound so similar! I love the produce calendar. I was thinking about getting the course, but figured I might wait until more of them are old enough. My oldest is just 9… what do you think?

  4. The Slow Foods Mama says:

    Love everything about this! I am so impressed by your boys’ drawings, absolutely beautiful. They have more talent than most of my classmates did in art school!

    My boy is still little so school isn’t in the picture yet . . . Even still I grapple with home vs. public. I want to be able to focus on teaching my kids real skills like growing and preserving food, but I don’t know how mums manage to homeschool AND keep up with the rest of life! Women who manage it are my absolute heroes. You are doing the most important job in the world.

    Lovely blog and thanks for the follow!

    • vivjm says:

      Thanks Slow Foods Mama! I will pass your compliments re their drawings onto the boys 🙂

      Re managing homeschool AND keeping up with the rest of life…it’s the housework that suffers!!

      • The Slow Foods Mama says:

        Oh dear. Don’t tell my hubby that. I’m domestically disabled in that department as it is! Oh well . . . priorities, right?

      • Kathy (aka Mrs Dull) says:

        Yes it’s the housework that suffers mostly. I homeschooled my youngest from 4th thru high school and the housework was always last on the list.

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