Is there anything better than the beach? This family doesn’t think so. I will admit, there was a time when I thought the beach was overrated. Sitting smack dab in the middle of endless mounds of dry sand that keeps blowing in your face whilst baking (and inevitably burning) under unbearably hot sun? No thank you. However, thanks to some minor changes in our recent beach trips, I have finally become a convert.
I have discovered as of late that in order to have an enjoyable beach experience, timing and preparation are key. Going early in the morning beats the crowds, traffic, and hot hot heat. We have made it to the beach around 9am the last few times, and the cool breeze coupled with the warm temperatures were down right delightful. Making sure we have everything we need easily accessible has also helped- sunscreen, hats, towels, a book for mom, chairs, and especially toys for the girls. And the most important part- set up camp close to the water where the sand is compact so it doesn’t blow in your face and get all over everything. Plus, it is just so much more conducive to building sand castles.
I now find myself suggesting we go to the beach every weekend, which is perfect because Penny and Lucy are obsessed. Being the teacher that I am, I decided to take advantage of their enthusiasm and launched into yet another letter of the week study, B is for Beach.
Preparation for our study was the same as usual- placing on hold and picking up beach themed books from the library, finding and pinning some cute beach crafts and activities on Pinterest, (click here to visit my board and get detailed info on all the projects we did) and gathering materials, including a bucket of sand and some sea shells from the beach.
I planned out our lessons to last approximately a week, although we always end up taking longer than a week, which doesn’t bother us at all. Flexibility is one of the perks of learning from home.
I would say this was Penny’s favorite letter study theme yet, and Lucy even got in on the fun as well! The bucket of sand provided hours of entertainment, with lots of building and creating and pretend play. The girls loved using the seashells to decorate sand sculptures and hide in the sand, and had a blast painting them. With our third letter study under our belt, Penny definitely seems to be grasping the concept of letter sounds making up the beginning of words. It is so cool to see her mind working and processing all that she is learning.
Our next study will delve even further beneath the surface (pun intended), with O is for Ocean. Stay tuned!