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We've talked before about the joy it is to teach our children. Giving our kids opportunities to grow and to develop strong roots is a wonderfully humbling and exciting responsibility.
Over the last few years, I have run across or acquired a number of resources that are wonderful tools for the task. If you are the parent of a young adult or in a teaching capacity in a middle or high school setting – whether that's a homeschool, private school, or public school setting – these books and curriculum offer a wealth of knowledge and wisdom that goes beyond just spoon-feeding the brain. They are designed to engage our children and students in thoughtful dialogue, to nurture the ability for critical thought, and to encourage faithful, joyful living.
8 Resources for Young Adults (and their parents)
The “Real Food Nutrition and Health” curriculum from FoodRenegade.com is a fantastic way to teach and discuss nutrition and healthy food choices with your children. There are two versions available: ages 6-11 and ages 12 & up.
The curriculum walks through the basics of human nutrition, including how digestion works, types of fat, the various food groups, and how traditional foods differ from modern versions. It's written by Kristin, the Food Renegade herself, and it's a witty, scientific text that is engaging and enlightening.
Be sure to take advantage of the free sample chapter available on the info page to see if this curriculum would work for you.
Rouxbe Online Cooking School is a wonderful resource for your serious budding cook. There are hundreds of video tutorials that teach everything from knife skills and pan tossing to how to fillet a fish and debone a chicken. Hundreds of recipes accompany the techniques so there are practical ways to practice the skills as well. It's pricey, so only consider it if you or your older child is serious about cooking, but it's an absolute treat to view their sample videos. Much to my chagrin, they've recently changed their format so that there's a waiting list to “get in” to the school, but I'm not sure how that works. Check out the site for more info if you're interested.
“Historically,” the author writes, “permaculture has focused on land and nature stewardship as both a source for, and an application of, ethical and design principles.” Yet he goes on to describe that permaculture is so much more – an entire way of caring for society and culture, including teaching new mothers to breastfeed, building community gardens to draw people together, creating bartering systems, finding holistic healthcare, and nurturing spiritual well-being. He points to the usual three ethics of permaculture – care for the land, care for people, and use only your fair share – but points beyond them as well for a deeper understanding of this unique method of sustainability. It's a bit thick in places, but it's definitely worth a skim if not a cover-to-cover read.
There are so many wonderful resources with which to nurture our young adults – what are some of your favorites?