Has anyone else been looking forward to heading to the beach? We cannot express how excited we are to finally be at the seashore for a few weeks. Even Little Kid at 15 months, screamed “beach” as only a little one can, the morning I told her we were leaving. There’s just something about the seaside that’s good for the soul.
To make our time at the beach both fun and enriching I purchased Learning Seashore Animals from Simple Studies made to go along with The Burgess Seashore Book for Children. We started reading a chapter a night a few days before heading to the beach to get Big Kid excited to continue.
I love this Simple Study because it can easily be used with children of any age. At 3 1/2 Big Kid is able to listen to and understand the chapters in The Burgess Seashore Book for Children (that has few pictures) so we are using that, but focusing more on the picture books that are suggested for further reading. I’m also reading her the books at naptime/bedtime and bringing up the topics when we are on the beach so it’s a natural part of our day, not a “learning” or “school” time. You can also easily expand upon this using field guides, nonfiction texts, and higher level texts with older children. I plan on using it for years to come.
My biggest priority right now is to expose my children to all the natural wonder of the beach, and help them develop a curiosity for the things they find along the shore. This wonderful, simple curriculum is going to do just that.
You can check out the books we will be using alongside this curriculum at my Bookshop shop in the “Seashore Animals” list.
Also pictured are cards/posters from Stephanie Hathaway Designs, Ocean Bingo, At the Seashore: My Nature Sticker Activity Book, and Melissa and Doug Reusable Sticker Activity Pad: Under the Sea.
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