Wednesday, January 27, 2010

this was our classroom

homeschooling sweet homeschooling. there are more than many reasons homeschooling works for us. who wouldn't love this classroom? on monday, last minute, the girls and i packed up our school work and headed to the beach. beach chairs were our "desks" for the day and the beautiful blue ocean was our teacher. while building sandcastles we identified the shells we collected and used to dig holes. a woman found a dying starfish and took the time to bring it over for the girls to examine. we had previously (like 10 minutes before) discussed starfish in our book, but to actually see and touch the rough exoskeleton, many tiny tube feet, mouth, flexible arm tips... learning doesn't get more real. we got to see how the weather really affected the beach physically ex: the washed out shore, the huge crashing waves. it became a lesson in how everything is connected and affected by each other. also our role and responsibility in that interdependency. we took a moment to thank God for lovingly creating HIS ocean, which we adore, and that HE allowed us the blessing of that sunshiny school day to enjoy it. that days blessing also came with the responsibility to "leave it how we found it" or better. in other words :: pick up the trash ;)
P.S. i didnt even mention the seagulls, flocks of pelicans flying overhead, rocks to classify, masses of kelp...i could just keep going...

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