Farm kids rejoice; you've got the edge in the coming month of school.
That would be because it will be Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month locally in the Chinook School division and across the rest of Canada.
The program will focus on Canadian agriculture and the different aspects of its many facets. This month will explore the vast fields of study available to students interested in farm life, from history and development to careers and applied practices.
Kim Pridmore, the board chair for the Chinook School Division, is excited to see how schools participating in this venture will bring the farm to the classroom for their students.
"We support agriculture, and the classroom's vision to have a community that understands, appreciates and respects agriculture," said Pridmore. "There are plenty of opportunities for students of every age to engage in all kinds of opportunities and to just really explore what land stewardship means in Saskatchewan."
While younger classes will focus more on understanding how farms work, what different types of farms do, and generally on fostering an early interest, older students will also benefit from some career opportunities.
Students who wish to learn more about agricultural engineering, crop specializations, or animal culture will be presented with chances to pursue those interests further.
"We've got lots of kids that don't have the day-to-day hands-on learning that the farm kids do," said Pridmore. "There's lots of visiting classrooms and lots of little field trips going on. Just giving kids that time to inspire that curiosity to learn more about agriculture, where their food comes from and how they can be a part of it."
Each class participating will have a different approach, offering up a vast range of options for them to pursue. For the K-8 classes, trips to farms, bringing equipment into the class, or having some animals stop by for a meet and greet are all fun possibilities.
Older students can be expected to be again more focused on practical implements and opportunities, with possibilities to experience jobs on the farm. Learning about chores and various day-to-day undertakings. Things like what it takes to maintain equipment or learning how grain gets processed at terminals are just a few possible examples.
"We're as excited as you are to see all the different projects that go on throughout the month."