Kids say the darndest things


There are many definitions of what it means to learn. The one that really speaks to me is that once you have learned something you are never the same again - you think differently and you act differently. This week we will be focusing on planning to learn. Rather than letting the winter months roll by, we are challenging you to be intentional in your learning. We want to think and act differently by the time seeding rolls around, and we hope that you do to.

Learning is active and involves give-and-take, two way communication and an open mind. Some of the most fun farm conversations we have involve kids:

  • You don’t live on a farm because there aren’t any animals.

  • You are a farmer. But you are a girl.

  • How do plants eat?

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Volunteering with Agriculture In The Classroom - Manitoba has allowed us to connect with kids to share our ag story. Please consider joining us this March in grade 2-6 classrooms for Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month (CALM). You have a story to tell, and kids love to learn new things. And, the best part is that we learn from them too!

Register as a volunteer, or register your classroom for a visit.

The mind that opens to a new idea never returns to its original size.
— Albert Einstein

Keep CALM and Read On

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I recently volunteered with Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) to read to students during Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month (CALM).  It was so great to be in the classroom as both a teacher and a farmer.  Here are a few of the highlights:

1.       Touching Grain – the kids just wanted to get their hands into those grain samples and didn’t want to take them out!

2.       Technology – the students were fascinated with the GPS and auto-steer in the videos (after they got over the cool factor of the drone) and then were super proud to tell me that they know how to code, and could probably write that program!

3.       Animals – on numerous occasions, and in different classrooms, the students told me that I didn’t’ live on a farm because there were no animals! 

4.      Connections – Although some students did not know that food comes from farms, there were many students who were excited to share their experiences and connections.  These included things like riding along during harvest and jumping on bales.  Kids were also making comments about fiction and non-fiction and using great strategies, like using the pictures, to support their thinking.  There was even a guess about how worms and snakes might be similar, after a conversation about how worms can help soil.

If you are a farmer, farm extender or farm femme I would recommend the Ag in the Classroom as a way to connect with the next generation of consumers (or farmers) and tell them about what you do and why you love farming.