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!