Next time, check the tide charts!

On Friday the heavy rain we’ve been having all week had finally let up, so the kids and I planned a Field Trip, homelearner style. We were going to the beach to search the tide pools for neato animals and take photos of them. Back home we’d identify them, print the pix, and make a book of our finds. DD wanted to call it “The Big Book of Creatures”. So with camera in hand we headed off. Unfortunately, as you can see from the photo, we got there only to discover that the tide was in. There were no real tide pools to see, and we couldn’t find anything under the rocks we overturned – no crabs, hermit crabs, or little fish. All we came away with were some barnacles and seaweed (the photos of which turned out blurry). In the end, we spent most of our time there wandering along the seawall, with the kids jumping in all the puddles they could find. At first I was disappointed that we weren’t doing any “learning”, then I had to remind myself that Life is Learning. Jumping in puddles is learning. And just being out with my kids is what it’s really all about.

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