This is a guest post and entry in our non-fiction writing contest by Libby
As a woman who grew up with the mindset of a survivalist in a survivalist style and extremely well prepared home, I am forever trying to learn more than I know (and trust me, I do not know half of what I should, but I try to learn something every day!) so when time allows I scan and read a multitude of articles about what can, and should, be done when TSHTF.
And this is a good thing as the information available nowadays is easy to come by, but the one thing I have noticed that is sadly missing, and almost totally lacking, is the attention paid to the continuing education of our young ones. Everyone writes about bugging out and what to do, and how to prep, what but no one says anything about education. Sure, the children need to know survival skills, but they also need to continue their basic education to go with that.
Now, folks, this ol’ Granny knows there is much to do to get your “house in order,” so to speak, in hopes of being prepared for when TSHTF, which I firmly believe IS going to happen in the not-too-distant future, but have you really given thought to your children’s continued education? They ARE our future! Think about it.
Do you have a good supply of just the basics – lots of school paper, pencils, crayons for the small fry, rulers, pens, and so on. Also, have you picked up any of the various school work books, school books, and the likes available from most bookstores and online sources?
Do you go or have you gone to your school at the end of a school year when most schools ‘donate’ or give away old or worn school books – and not a thing wrong with these, either!? Do you have lots of reading materials for all ages in your family, yourself included? Anything is good – magazines, novels -age appropriate-, clipped out news articles that would be of interest to the different age groups in your family, printed out articles or short stories that would interest you, your spouse, your children.
I have been collecting a steady and practical assortment of educational material, good school books, reading material (books including the “classics,” comic books, the Sunday comics, magazines, and any and everything a kid would enjoy reading), lesson plans, lots of various school supplies, and everything I can find to make sure the kids are, at the least, well educated at home, literate, well rounded, and well balanced, for when the worst does happen and it will no longer be safe for the kids to travel to school nor would it even be practical to send them. (Oh… games and small amusements, also! Most necessary when children are younger.. and older, too!)
And now there is enough excellent material in this particular “arsenal” for all of the kids to finish up with a decent high school education plus everything I can find to make continuing their schooling fun and with lots of hands-on projects so they will actually want to learn. (I now have the books and educational material to teach from Pre-K through high school and beyond and it did not cost a fortune to accumulate all of this, either!)
As you can probably surmise, I am part of a family group that works together for the greater good of our survival and we are not ‘bugging out‘ but are staying put in a well stocked, well fortified practical location and we are fortunate enough to have the space available for a “classroom” so it will almost be like they are continuing to go to their regular and structured school setting. My daughter and I will share the responsibility and the roll of “school teacher” and as the kids know this, they are always asking “When?” will they be able to go to school at home.
Being really anal about organization, I have worked out various schedules for the “school” and with all the other duties and work I (and my daughter) will have to do on a daily basis, I think if we share four hours per day and make a really conscious effort that the kids will receive as good an education, if not better, than attending regular school.
I shudder at the thought of all the folks out in the world who are just going to let their children run amok day in and day out when TSHTF, but we all know that some people will do nothing but raise little heathens who will more than likely have to jerk themselves up as best as they can.
And I am sure you can imagine this scenario yourself. And it will make no sense for it to be this way because someday, hopefully, the world should eventually calm down, people should come to their senses, and hopefully peace will prevail and humanity will be able to live in harmony. So please give a thought now as to how you will educate and teach your own children when it becomes necessary to do so.
Oh, this one “for instance” comes to mind as to how easy it is to incorporate “learning within learning.” Out for a “nature hike” last fall in the woods behind the house, my SIL had “The Ducks in a Row” – the three 11 year old boys – doing the daddy-son thing when one of the boys started hollering “C-O-P-P-E-R-H-E-A-D” as he was “whapping the crap” out of “a good snake!” – See, easy? A lesson within a lesson.. they had learned to spell the various fauna and flora as they came across it, plus it was another lesson within a lesson… Be Prepared! And always have your walking stick with you in the woods!
This is an entry in our non-fiction writing contest where you could win:
First Prize) Winner will receive a Nomad – 1 Person Standard Survival Package courtesy of Shepherd Survival Supply, a One Month Food Pack courtesy of Augason Farms, a $150 gift certificate for Remington Ammo courtesy of LuckyGunner.com and a EcoZoom’s Versa Stove courtesy of EcoZoom stoves. A total prize value of over $875.
Second Prize) Winner will receive two (2) Rothco Sure Paks With Heater courtesy of Camping Survival, a Wise Food Vegetable bucket courtesy of LPC Survival and a Wonder Junior hand grain mill courtesy of Kitchen Kneads. A total prize value of over $509.
Third Prize) Winner will receive 3 – 27 Variety of Non Hybrid, Heirloom Non GMO Survival Seeds, 2 – Fruit Pack of Non Hybrid, Heirloom Non GMO Survival Seeds and 2- First Aid Kit with Sutures in a Waterproof Resealable Bag courtesy of Be Prepared Now. A total prize value of over $215.
Contest ends on March 30 2012.