My daughter just showed her rabbit for 4H yesterday and did really really well. She is all excited, and ended up winning 3rd for overall show champion (shocked the heck out of me!) and she won 1st in novice class for showing. Because of all this, she really wants to learn more about rabbits, and not just on her own. She is doing the rabbit book for 4H again next year, and when we get back from our month long travel, I have every intention of going to the library and getting her a bunch of books on rabbits. She knows all she needs to know about HER rabbit, but the judge had them switch rabbits while they were up there and talk about another person's rabbit - color, breed, and best/worst qualities of the rabbit. So I guess we're off to learn more about all rabbits???
It got me thinking though. The rabbits in and of itself isn't going to be a "subject" per se, but we are going to devout a lot of time into studying the rabbits, and it would work perfect as a "side activity" with biology. I plan on having both kids do it since my little guy wants to show rabbits when he's old enough now too...at least for now anyway, it may change by the time he's 9... But what about other books? Would it be easy enough to turn them into a subject with some of the other books (we didn't do many this year so I'm still not familiar with how all of 4H works). I know she wants to do something with textiles next year after seeing the dresses on display, and for a self determined project she is collecting the wool off her rabbit: showing how to collect the wool, how to clean it (if necessary) and card it, and how to spin it on a drop spindle, and possibly on a wheel (if we can find one to borrow), and then how to either knit or crochet with it (her choice). That in and of itself seems like it is going to be a lengthy...but again, not sure if it is "subject" worthy.
Any ideas of how we can turn this into more of like a subject? This way, it will be more justified in hubby's mind that we devout a portion of the day to working on it each day, instead of just leaving it up to her to do on her own, like he expected her to do this year with her books (and it failed miserably on a few of them...)