Showing posts with label Arizona Fish and Game Day. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Arizona Fish and Game Day. Show all posts

Friday, August 16, 2013

Teaching Children to Care for Animals

Family Pets
Caring for a Family Pet

We have some new friends at our house, their names are Bluey, Turbo and White Flower. Bluey is a Betta, and Turbo and White Flower are snails. My son has been asking for a fish tank forever and so I finally gave in and told him that he could have something that would live in a honey jar which left us with a Betta and two snails. He also had to work off the bill since he only had $.15 to contribute to the food and price of fish and gravel. Anyway, as it turns out, fish are an excellent way to teach caring skills. As it turns out, a Betta has to be fed at the same time with the same amount of food everyday. A fish is not like a dog which we also have two of. A dog will tell you if he is hungry. Our little Maltipoo likes to protest by dancing on his empty food bowl if he goes empty. He also barks at my hubby every night at five o'clock sharp for his special treats. A fish just swims around without a voice. I am quite impressed that the fish is still alive. So, it helps in teaching animal care if you have an animal and apparently a fish will do.

Caring for Pets

We also have two small dogs and we ask the kids to take responsibility for these pets too. Does it mean they always feed and care for them without being told? Of course not, but they are learning. My daughter is responsible for bathing the dogs each week as well as brushing them on a daily basis and cleaning their teeth and eyes when she is asked. My son is still young, I'm impressed that the fish has made it this far, however he is also responsible to help feed and water the dogs and take them outside.

Veterinary Care

We also take the puppies to the vet and the groomer as a family. It is important that the kids learn proper care and lets face it, they often respect a professional opinion. When you take the kids to the vet with their pet they hear word for word care instructions from a professional. It also solidifies the reality of the situation and they will remember the details better. It is also important to pick up a book or two about animal care. We have read about animal care and even made homemade treats and a birthday cake or two!

doggy birthday cake
Doesn't it Look Good Enough to Eat?

Bird Sanctuary

Another way that we have taught our kids to care for animals is by building a bird sanctuary in our backyard. This has come with a price. Not so much the price of bird food, we sometimes make that homemade, but we have also had to care for two fallen baby birds and a rescued turtle took up my sink one Thanksgiving Day. However, I wouldn't trade the learning experience of watching and rescuing wild life.

Finally, make sure that if you can't get to Fish and Game Day, you take advantage of some of the other learning opportunities through Arizona Fish and Game. They offer tons of workshops and animal encounter experiences that are very important for every Arizona kid.

You may also want to read Studying Birds and Arizona Fish and Game.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Raising Duck Dynasty Kids in the City

Duck Dynasty Kids
Raising Duck Dynasty Kids in the City
If you watch Duck Dynasty, once the laughter and antics die down, you might notice how much tougher the Duck Dynasty kids seem to be than many of the kids coming out of our society today. Aside from the fact that they have a family that prays together and gives them constant focused attention and accountability, they also live a more rugged life then we find available to us in the over populated cities of America. In fact, recent research conducted across the 50 United States reveals that people in states like Louisiana and Alaska are indeed more rugged mentally with more even personality temperaments and better overall mental health.

So how do you give your city kids the rugged outdoor experience when you live in the heart of a big city? Believe it or not there are hunting, fishing and homesteading experiences all around you. Most big cities, especially in the Southwest offer a full parks and recreation experience. Phoenix City Parks offers everything from urban fishing to rock climbing walls. So then, the place to begin teaching your kids the Duck Dynasty way of life is with a Walmart urban fishing license. While children under 12 fish for free, you will need an affordable urban fishing license.

If you want to try the fishing experience before you go purchasing a license and equipment I recommend you visit your local Bass Pro Shop where you can get a hands on lesson for free. This is also an excellent place to check out local hunting gear and of course the latest Duck Commander Duck Calls.

If you haven't been to the Arizona Fish and Game website you really must check it out. There are links to free learning materials and lists of educational events and the greatest field trip of the year, Arizona Fish and Game weekend! Arizona Fish and Game is packed with events for everyone including kids to try fishing, shooting and even shooting a bow! The event is set up to teach about safety, wilderness survival and give everyone a chance to come in contact with local wildlife.

In addition to practicing urban fishing and visiting Arizona Fish and Game we have amazing family hikes available year round where kids can come in contact with local plant species and take in the mountain views. For a list of family friendly hikes you can go to Phoenix Parks and Recreation.

Finally, if you aren't into gardening and raising your own produce, check into some of the local farms and produce markets like Joe's Farm Grill. It is so important that our kids learn where their food comes from so that they can make educated decisions.

You may also want to read Duck Dynasty and Raising Children.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Arizona Fish and Game Day 2012

We have been busy planning a move so official school has been touch and go however spring in our home brings a fantastic array of excitement surrounding the Arizona Fish and Game Expo! My kids spend weeks planning their day at the expo and what they want to learn. The Arizona Expo boasts a giant fish tank, bow shooting, paleontology,birds, reptiles and more. We have spent the past few weeks studying lessons on the Fish and Game website as well as the various worksheets. Did you miss the expo this year? No need to worry. Arizona Fish and Game has a homeschool program. They will come to you or you can visit planned classes. There is also a wealth of local resource materials on their website.

Here is a picture of Chloe with a reptile at Game and Fish Youth Day 2012.

How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day, and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I didn't consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I'm normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. We succeed in changing some of our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming. You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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