We have been watching a LOT of Man Vs. Wild lately, which got me thinking about active learning more in the Charlotte Mason sense of things.
Instead of one simple activity this month, I’ve thrown together a collection of links to create a survival skills unit study for upper elementary and older to get them doing practical, hands-on survival skills learning that could just save their lives one day. And even if it doesn’t, you never know when it could come in handy – any Walking Dead fans will readily recognize the need to make a basic bow and arrow quickly, for example!
- 10 Everyday Items You Can Repurpose in a Survival Scenario: http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/5-everyday-survival-items.htm
- The Good Life With Kids shared a good first aid list for campers: http://thegoodlifewithkids.wordpress.com/2013/11/30/camper-checklist-first-aid-kit/
- The Human Path has some great posts and podcasts about Disaster Preparedness: http://thehumanpath.podbean.com/2011/08/ If you scroll down a bit, they have a particularly good podcast two-part series on intuitive primitive archery, an one on making a survival bow. I could have spent hours on this site!
- Eagle Goes Dancing has a lot of great post showing you Native American primitive skills: http://www.eaglegoesdancing.com/search/label/primitive%20skills. There’s a particularly good post on fire starting the old-fashioned way. http://www.eaglegoesdancing.com/2013/09/firestarting-old-fashioned-way.html
- I found the Army Survival Study Guide download on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.forcereadiness.armysurvivalfree
- How to tie knots – here’s a great video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1a2vrhhkIU
- How to make a compass in the wild –here’s a great video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GhAfFaG4BA
- How to build a snow cave – a video from BBC: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOJQPz1s-1c
- How to build a shelter using only a tarp and materials around you, for any weather condition: http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/survival/wilderness/how-to-build-a-shelter2.htm
- Learn some basic trapping skills. An illustration of several techniques to catch small game here: http://robert.thegeakes.co.uk/survival/traps.html and here: http://www.motherearthnews.com/diy/survival-skills-zmaz82mazglo.aspx
- How to cook the small game over a fire once you’ve caught it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KBKIVu4z7w
- How to find water in the wild http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/survival/wilderness/how-to-find-water.htm and how to purify it http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/survival/wilderness/how-to-find-water4.htm
- How to signal for help: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/features/02/pathtoadventure/handbook/survival/survival5.html
And just for fun:
What other primitive skills would you consider necessary for basic survival? Share in the comments!
Erin is a writer and the owner of The Usual Mayhem blog. She homeschools her two of her three children (the other’s already a graduate), runs a home daycare, and has more than 25 years of child-wrangling experience. You can find her on her blog (www.theusualmayhem.com), or on the other sites she writes for: Mummyology, Pre-K and K Sharing, B-Inspired Mama, and Serenity You. She also writes a weekly nature study class for SchoolhouseTeachers.com, an online learning site owned by The Old Schoolhouse magazine. She drinks far too much coffee and rarely sleeps.