By: Krystle Crossman
With summer coming up the school year is almost over but that doesn’t mean that the lessons have to stop. When you home-school you have the choice whether to take a break during summer or continue with their studies to get ahead of the game. There are plenty of fun things that you can do to help teach the kids while still having fun so that they don’t realize that they are learning. Here are some great tips for a day at the beach that is educational and fun.
First you are going to want to make sure that you know which beach you are going to. Get to know the area and what some of the native animals are. Buy a book about the beach that you are headed to so that you can get your kids excited for the trip. While doing some research you can come up with a creative game for the kids to play such as bingo or a scavenger hunt using objects that you may encounter while you are walking around. This will keep them engaged and will also teach them about new animals and plants.
Make sure that you bring the right gear with you. Bring some shovels and buckets so that the kids can dig for treasures on the beach. You can also bring a few nets so that they can scoop animals that can come out of the water and see them up close. Bring a magnifying glass so that they can get a detailed look at the grains of sand or a shell that they may find on the beach. When they find a new treasure or animal compare it to what is shown in the book about the beach that you have and ask them to identify what they have found for you.
Most importantly make sure that you are having fun. If you do not make it a fun trip and make it more about work they are going to become bored quickly. Start the day by letting them play and run around and then have them do the lessons after.