Letter of the Week: O is for Ocean

Have you ever found yourself completely mesmerized watching the pulsing movement of jellyfish floating in the water?

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When we visited the South Carolina Aquarium recently, Penny and Lucy certainly were. The ocean has such an unusual array of creatures, and it was so cool to see some of them firsthand.

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The sea turtles were my personal favorite, but watching Penny stroke a starfish with a look of awe on her face was definitely the highlight of our trip. Her exclamation of “Oh, it’s so bumpy!” pretty much summed up the experience.

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She talked about it for days afterward, and her newfound interest in the ocean after our aquarium visit was perfect for launching into our latest letter of the week study.

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After gathering some ocean themed books from the library (our favorite was a pop-up book called Under the Ocean by Anouck Boisrobert and Louis Rigaurd, because of its’ gorgeous illustrations that detailed what was happening above and below the surface) and scavenging for ocean inspired crafts and activities on Pinterest, I got to work planning O is for Ocean week.

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For a printable version of my plans, click here, and to view my Pinterest board with direct links and details for each activity, click here.

As usual, Penny particularly enjoyed all of the crafts, especially the glittery paper bag jellyfish with their squiggly tentacles.

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Unfortunately, the paper plate aquarium craft featuring goldfish crackers was not long for this world, because Lucy got her hands on it and enjoyed a nice stale snack before we were able to display it with the other ocean-inspired creations.

Our water table, a birthday gift from Nana and Papa, was the perfect accompaniment to our ocean study, providing hours of pretend ocean play on the hot July days we’ve been suffering through. Penny has insisted that she and Lucy wear their bathing suits each time they play, which is probably for the best as things tend to get pretty wet now that Lucy has discovered the joys of pouring water on everything.

To celebrate all that Penny has learned, I took her to the movie theater for only the second time in her life. The new Pixar film Finding Dory couldn’t have come out at a better time, since we were in full on ocean mode and Penny was enthralled the entire 2 hours.  As was I, because childhood Dory with her mousy little voice and enormous globe-like eyes was too cute for words. If you haven’t seen it, go, then keep riding those waves of ocean fun with some of these engaging activities.