In a Nutshell

Hands On Learning

Kym Wright holds a Bachelor of Science. Along with her husband Mark, Kym homeschools their 8 children on their "Gentleman’s Farm." They began homeschooling around 1984 and have used a variety of teaching styles to teach the various subjects. Latching onto unit studies helped with teaching the multi-age group of children.

LeShay, their oldest daughter, is a pre-med student preparing for a career in veterinary medicine. Wanting to learn about animal care, diseases and treatment, she began with hamsters. Progressed to cats ... then, of course, kittens. On to a cow, then a horse, chickens, ducks, a sheep, then goats along with the requisite dog. With each new addition, she learned everything she could, studying the veterinary manuals to diagnose and cure what ailed them. She found out their terms of gestation, and all about milking the dairy animals and hygiene. She travelled with a country veterinarian and hung around animal medical people.

After graduating homeschool high school at age 14, and not yet ready to fly off to college, she needed something to fill her days - to keep her moving in the medical and schooling direction. So, Kym & LeShay researched and wrote unit studies together based on their experience on the farm and in the field, resulting in the Sheep and Goat Units.

Their second daughter Chantelle raises birds, poultry, and especially chickens. She carried one chick around on her shoulder, raising it as a pet. At least twice daily she is out there feeding, watering, letting out or putting up for the night, gathering eggs, talking with, and looking over her flock. She is the one with the interest in birds of all kinds; waking up early on Saturday mornings in our mild Florida winters, binoculars in hand to ride her bicycle and watch the birds. Kym wrote the Bird Unit for her as a Christmas present in 1995.

Needing materials to teach her hands-on, no-write son, Kym created lab sheets to help him walk through the microscope labs easily, with a minimum of writing. Checkoff boxes denote each step. Illustrations aid understanding. The prepared Lab Sheets (in the book) bring completion to the labs. Kym’s artistic background and love of science combined for a fun and academic adventure into the microscopic world. Friends asked to borrow it ... then encouraged her to make it available to others ~ thus was born the Microscope Adventure!

Kym and Chantelle decided to round out the farm studies with the Poultry Unit on chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese. Including the basics of how to: raise, feed, breed and sell ~ this unit will help you in your poultry endeavors.

The Botany Unit is still under construction ~ hoping to finish in 1998. Frustration at not finding a unit study on plants that incorporated the hands-on with the scientific. Learning to identify plants and know their anatomical make-up. Microscopic knowledge along with the study of life cycles, physical characteristics and the scientific method. Wanting to teach her children all about plants, Kym writes this unit to cover most of the angles, point to the right questions, provide the labs to bring the answers. Lab Sheets included.

From Kym:

I remember our times of sewing up chickens who had been attacked, or giving shots to ailing cats. And delivering the calf while I was beginning my ninth month of pregnancy. When it was all over, I realized I had been out in the cow-birthing-pen with my pearls on. We call it Country Chic! And at 3 in the morning, delivering the two little lambs when the ewe was having trouble - LeShay saved mom and both babies. I was so proud!

We have completed our work, and yours begins. We hope you enjoy these unit studies as much as we have loved putting them together. Offered with gratefulness to the Lord, and to Mark my husband, heartfelt gratitude.



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