Although I am not a lover of fishing, my boys are fond to explore fishing, thanks to our bi-annual family reunion to a remote cabin in the woods that also has a pond, perfect for building fishing skills.
We have always had some sort of water on our property, so with our love of exploring nature, it was natural for our children to want to explore fishing.
Although a child could make a fishing pole out of a branch, fishing line and a hook, we have purchased fishing pools for our boys who fell in love with fishing from the beginning.
I love that there is a training pole for little ones, and different types of poles based on the kinds of fishing you plan on doing, and what kind of fish you are trying to attract.
One summer, our oldest son learned all he could about fishing, what lures to use and what types of poles were needed for a successful fishing experience. With this knowledge, that was gained during his free afternoon activities, they went to the store with their own money to purchase the things they needed for an upcoming family reunion.
Now, as an adult, he goes fishing on his own at nearby rivers and keeps increasing the tools that he uses to get the catch he wants.
I have a great memory on the first day of our son's last year in homeschooling, I woke up my family and told them that we were going FISHING for our first day. They all thought I was joking, but I wasn't.
We packed up the truck and headed to a near by river, where we talked about being called to be fisher of men in the world. I don't think my children will ever forget that day or that lesson, when mom took school to the river.
We have taught our children that unless you are going to eat an animal, including fish, you shouldn't kill them. On a few occasions, a fish would die before they could get it off the hook and back into the water. At that point, we would make it a science project and dissect it to see what the inside looks like, providing an amazing opportunity for growing our knowledge outside of books.
Other summers, when we aren't heading to the cabin, we try to rent a pontoon for a day and go a few hours a way to a lake we love. I love being on the water and find it the best way to just stop the busyness of life, get my family together and just be. I love being there watching them fish, testing their knowledge and being rewarded, but this mama loves when my youngest curls up on my lap and falls asleep with a smile.
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