I Went to the Beach (FREE printable book)

May 17, 2010

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Family Friendly Beach Vacation to Fort Morgan, Alabama

One of the most wonderful things about homeschooling is truly using the world as our classroom. When I was teaching, I tried to bring the world into the classroom, often with much success. But nothing can replace getting out into the world and hands-on learning. Last year during our swine flu vacation, we did a big beach theme study. We checked out loads of ocean books from the library and viewed many related documentaries.

Each day, we headed down to the beach and soaked up the rich experiences. One morning, we found an enormous amount of sea creatures washing up on shore. MacGyver was thrilled. He spends much of his day at the beach catching and releasing small fish. This day he hit the sea creature jackpot! Since MacGyver talks to EVERYONE, he struck up a conversation with an elderly woman taking a stroll along the beach. She informed him that her daughter was a scientist and would be down to the beach shortly to tell him all about his sea creatures. Sure enough, a little later a young women wondered over and had an in-depth study session with MacGyver and Miss Enigma. She also told them the creatures were safe to gently touch. What an exciting day for both the children and Mommy and Daddy! Those pipefish were way cool! Here is a little book about some of the things we found during our beach vacation. Look for the link at the end of the post for the FREE printable book.

I went to the beach.

What did I find?

I found a long, skinny pipefish.

I found round, colorful jellyfish.

I found a tiny, purple sea snail.

I found a busy, brown hermit crab.

I found smooth rocks and broken sea shells.

I found a big, sandy log.

I even found a pine cone at the beach!

Print this book: I went to the Beach

What is the most interesting thing you’ve found at the beach?

We are linking-up and playing around the world!: Childhood 101: We Play Come see what others are playing . . .

We’re GIVING AWAY: This is the Sea that Feeds Us in our “at school” section this week. Good Luck!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Kelly May 17, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Your beach finds and pictures are wonderful. We love the beach too! You just never know what you will find from tide to tide.

Pathfinder Mom May 17, 2010 at 7:39 pm

What wonderful finds and how nice that you happened upon such a great guide. This is one of my favorite aspects of homeschooling as well.

Melissa May 18, 2010 at 1:04 am

What wonderful photos. It sounds like your kids had an amazing day. What luck that old womans daughter came :)

katepickle May 18, 2010 at 9:55 pm

fabulous! fabulous! fabulous!

How I wish we loved closer to the beach!

Lara May 19, 2010 at 5:12 am

Such beautiful photos! And yes, I too wish we went to the beach more often…

Debi May 19, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Ooohh … what great finds! Here in SoCal, we don’t often see such gems landing on our shores. Usually rocks and dried seaweed. What a great day of nature play for your little ones! :)

Amanda May 19, 2010 at 8:38 pm

We are counting down the days until our Florida vacation. Hope we meet as many interesting creatures as you did.

Christie - Childhood 101 May 21, 2010 at 7:07 am

Wow, we have never had such a ‘find’ on our beach visits, your children must have been so excited. And how amazing that they had a scientist happen along to talk to them about what they could see. Amazing!

SquiggleMum May 25, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Wow, so pleased to have discovered your blog through the We Play link up. Nature makes for a beautiful classroom.

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