How to Make the Beach Your Summer Classroom
It is impossible to not smile while I watch my kids scamper in the waves. The sun warms my shoulders as I sit back in the sand. They run towards the waves and then away when a big one comes crashing into the shore. They roar with laughter and then run towards the water again.
This endless game is excellent physical activity and some pretty awesome sensory input, but is it more than that? Are they actually learning anything at the beach or are they falling behind their peers bending over worksheets and IPad learning games?
If I've learned anything from the past 5 years of being at home with my kids it is that anywhere can be a classroom.
A classroom, the actual physical room, is not needed. It serves a purpose to help organize large groups of kids, but it is not a key ingredient in learning.
Learning? Learning can happen anywhere. Even at the beach.
What do you need to make the beach your classroom? Just like any learning environment, you need only a few things:
*Materials to support learning. Our favorites are listed below.
*Space and time to learn and play.
*A responsive adult to answer questions, support learning, and find new ways to challenge and follow a child's interests.
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*Beach Blanket (this one is awesome!)
*Water + Snacks
*Funnels + Tubing
*Journals + Watercolors
Beach Scavenger Hunt from Natural Beach Living
Hermit Crabs Unit : Go. Read. and Play. from Bambini Travel
Sorting Seashells from Playground Parkbench
Beach Learning Activities from Little Bins for Little Hands
Create a Ocean Nature Table back at home from Natural Beach Living
5 Ways to Explore Science at the Beach from KCEdventures
Beach Mystery Bag from Bambini Travel
Collect Shells, Rocks, Bugs and Look Closely
Make a Beach Collage from Crafty Kids at Home
Create a Sand Castle or a Different Sand Structure
Draw Pictures or Create Stories
15 Things to do with Kids at the Beach from Frog Mom
Fly a Kite
But this is just a start. Some ideas to get the wheels turning. The real ideas will come from your kids.
What interests them?
What do they notice?
What questions do they ask?
And how can you take that further?
These are the questions that will create a classroom of curious, engaged learners - even at the beach.
*See suggested beach toys list
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