We've just returned from several days in Florida.... probably our best day of vacation was our beach day. In the area of SW Florida we visited the beaches are gorgeous - crystal clear blue water, lots of shells, and even dolphins close to shore. Being a native on Florida I grew up around all of this, and I think I took it for granted for the first seventeen years of my life. Since that time I have lived in Texas and Georgia, and I still miss the beach.
Of course, being a homeschooling mom I see everything now through a learning lens. The minute we arrived at the boardwalk leading to the beach I was scoping out learning opportunities. As usual, they were everywhere.
I knew the names of all of these shells from little on, but my children don't - we learned the names and found several of them at the beach. The kids spent literally HOURS combing the beach for shells - there were so many.
We have bags full of shells. I'm going to purchase the Download N Go "Sunny Seashells" for us to do this week - have to strike while the iron is hot!We saw several dolphins swimming so close to the shore - I did not get a picture because that would have required me running back to our things to retrieve the camera, and then I would have missed seeing them.
My husband, who has a long commute each day and works in a demanding IT job, enjoyed the vacation. He read his book (he NEVER gets a chance to do this - by the time he has time to read at the end of the day he usually falls asleep!)
I brought along a great beach read - Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult. You MUST read it... I love her books and this one did not disappoint!
*This post is linked to Kris' Weekly Wrap-Up at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. Visit her site to hear about other homeschoolers' weeks.