Friday, June 8, 2018

Field Trip: La Jolla Tide Pools

My son is fascinated by sea life.   Right now he says he wants to be a Marine Biologist.  (Of course, earlier this year he wanted to be a chef, so we'll see if this one sticks.)  But regardless, living so close to the ocean there's plenty of opportunities to feed his interest.

We recently took a trip to the La Jolla tidepools, which we both thoroughly enjoyed.


The day was a little clowdy, but he didn't mind.   The spot was nice...plenty of deep tidepools, but also adjacent to some sandy beach areas that were better for swimming (no nearby bathrooms though).  

He brought his goggles and snorkel...a replaced birthday gift (the original one got lost on his FIRST trip to the beach with it.   Snorkels and waves do not mix!   But it was perfect for tidepool exploring).  

Before and after the trip we read the passages about tidepools in One Small Square:  Seashore by Donald Silver.   The "One Small Square books are some of my favorite for learning about different habitats.   They include activities, but we didn't do any this time because we were meeting with some other homeschoolers and I wanted my son to be free to play and explore without direction.   But the book built up ideas for the trip and gave us some great ways to talk about it and learn from what he'd seen.

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If you're in the San Diego area and want to visit this particular spot on the beach, it's at 321 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, CA.

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Friday, May 25, 2018


Our snail habitat (and temporary pets for a couple days, before we let them loose)...

No big lesson plan, no videos on the life cycle of snails, just an afternoon of appreciating the little things...that are really quite marvelous.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Story of the World Ancient Times - Chap 12 - The Hyksos

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This chapter in Story of the World was about the Hyksos...a group of people that temporarily took over Egypt.  The Hyksos, among other things, introduced the chariot to Egypt. Honestly...all we did for this chapter was read it and look at some pictures of Egyptian chariots.  But if you scroll down, there are some links to some great chariot crafts you can do if you're looking for something more craftsy.

 Museum replica of an Egyptian Chariot
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Museum Replica of Tutankhamun’s chariot (See Chapter 13).
This picture by Carston Frenzl is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.


Chariot Craft (Probably a bit more Roman than Egyptian), pg 48-49

Chariot Snack (Great for the preschool set)

Life Size Chariot (for those who want to go all out)

Or, if you have the book Make It Work: Ancient Egypt  in your library, they have a great detailed craft of an Egyptian chariot (which you can see looks a lot like the first chariot pictured above, so pretty authentic)...

Also, you should note that this is one chapter where there is meaningful difference between the original and revised version.  The revised version reflects more recent archaeological evidence that shows that  the Hyksos didn't suddenly invade...they gradually settled in Egypt in large in numbers, and then rose up and took over.   (See more changes here )

This becomes important when you come to the Biblical story of the Exodus (Chap 14).  The fear that Pharoah had of the Israelites "becoming too numerous" makes so much sense when we know that another group, the Hyksos, had once entered the land gradually and grown in numbers before taking over.

Friday, May 18, 2018

My Favorite Fruit Salad

My Favorite Fruit Salad

2 small pineapple or one large one.
1 lb (more or less) of strawberries, minus a few to munch on.
1 - 3 Kiwis
(Optional) 1 Banana
(Optional) 1 Orange
(Optional) Raspberries

Start with the strawberries so they have time to create a syrup.  Slice strawberries into pieces (whatever size you like).  Stir roughly with a spoon to start the syruping process.  Chop pineapple into slices or squares.  Remove peel from kiwi and slice (I find the best way to peel a kiwi  is to chop off both rounded ends so you can slice the skin off straight down the sides of the kiwi).  Add kiwi and pineapple.  (You can slice up oranges and bananas too to add.  If I include bananas I always add them last so they don't get too mushy).