Beautiful Life

Hey child up and go; A big world is out there waiting for us to live in every day. Outside you will find, there is love all around you; Takes you, makes you wanna' say; That it's a beautiful life and it's a beautiful world and it's a beautiful time to be here, to be here, to be here. -Fisher

Thursday, April 22, 2010


When you homeschool, the whole wide world is your classroom.  It isn't the reason I homeschool but it is one of my favorite by-products of homeschooling!  And since we just finished this ~

I thought a barrier island tour with a biologist would be just what the teacher ordered!  It was.  This was our classroom for a day. 

Lovely, no?

And this chick?  Yeah, she was the teacher for the day!
A biologist with a love for marine life, she made for an excellent resource.  Plus also, she was hilarious!

She had their rapt attention.  Not something I can boast about everyday....but, whatever.

They peaked over the dock to see what critters might be lurking there. 
Needless to say, there were some interesting fellas down in that water.

My sensory issue boys, tried desperately not to touch too much ick. 
I thought it was a wee bit funny watching them lean over the dock with their hands behind their backs...

See that.  That is not because they were told not to put there hands in the water.  Oh no.  That is because they have issues from infancy {premature births account for this most likely}, that for the most part are forgotten....except every now and then, when they resurface.....due to mom's failure to mention that this was a hands-on experience surprise opportunities to touch things they perceive as icky.  It was amusing to say the least....but they got distracted from their issues as the day wore on, as usual, as all was right with the long as there was an ample supply of hand sanitizer available. 

There was. Thank. goodness.

'Cause our guide had loads of neat things for the kids to touch!
Yeah, those are skulls.

And, that?  is lunch! a dead Callinectes sapidus.  Ewwwww, in other words....a blue crab.
But, I have to show you that I learned something, right?

The kids spotted this big guy on Capers Island.
What I want to know is why are there electric poles on an uninhabited island? 
Can't someone live without Dancing With the Stars??

Isabel's favorite part?
Walking on the beach, of course!

Noah's favorite part?
Well, let's just say that it wasn't carrying his sister on our island excursion. 

But, he was a good sport about it!

All in all, it was a good day to be a homeschooling Charlestonian!
Ahhhhh, gotta love the lowcountry.


The Source said...

So twins are all excited because we're going to the MOVIES today to see "Oceans." Because we don't have convenient access to a barrier island. If the theater is empty, though, I can let them go up and touch the screen, right??

Looks like the Gour kids had lots of fun, and what a great way to finish out the science year! We've fallen in love with Apologia science now. Thank you so much for recommending it! We've started the 7th grade one this week. The boys' first reaction was hilarious...because it opens with such seriousness and all these huge words...they were looking like "Oh terrific. We're in for some major boredom here." But turn the page and...first cool experiment! In fact...FOUR COOL EXPERIMENTS in the first module alone! Now they're begging for science every morning. They tell me that they'd actually HEARD of a few of these experiments before, but they never got to see them or participate since the teachers would gloss over them and say "we don't have time to do that" or "its not in the budget!"

Michelle said...

you need to save assignments like this for when i am the substitute! i can do this kind of science!!