Life Lately in Pics: Field Trip to an Estuary

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Homeschooling has been all consuming this month.(As it should be) I feel like our days have been non-stop and I have been going at 100mph. I love the structure that homeschooling brings to our lives. Not only do the kids need it but I do also. I have been trying my hardest not to rush the kids with school but also set limited times for how long they can spend on a subject. If I didn't they would find ways to waste away the day.

Though I am learning to embrace homeschooling I admit that I really look forward to the end of our school day. I always have all these plans of what I am going to accomplish but the truth is that by the time I finish helping the kids to clean up the school room, do the dishes and put away laundry it's time to start dinner and then I am d o n e.

So if you don't hear from me in awhile you know why. We have been doing some fun unit studies and I hope to be able to squeeze in some time to share more of them with you.

I feel so spoiled some days that I get to do so many fun things with my kids and enjoy this beautiful place that we live in. Then there are those other days when it feels like I am struggling to hear myself think above the din of crying, whining and fighting.

I love to post beautiful pictures of my kids and the places we go. I don't think it's necessary to show you the ugly of our days. Just be sure to know that behind every smile and happy scene there is crying child, someone getting hurt, me losing my patience and lots of messes.;)

We have been doing a unit study on the ocean for a couple of months and this week we were learning about estuaries. If you don't know what an estuary is; it is where freshwater flows into salt water. There is a park near us that is as close as we are going to get to one. Estuaries also have mangrove swamps and lots of different animal life. This park has all of those and we were lucky to find a few little critters and even catch a glimpse of some dolphins hunting and playing!

Despite the barrage of mosquitos we had a great time. It was the perfect break that we needed after being stuck in the house for a couple of weeks. We were happy to find a spot that was nice and windy and mostly mosquito free. Luke fell asleep on the way home and when we got home we recorded our little trip in our nature journals and finished up the rest of our school. Though I like to start our school work in the morning it was nice to do it in the afternoon when Luke is sleeping. I just might be changing up our school schedule...

Here are the books we used to learn more about estuaries: 

What have you been up to lately? 

Have you gone on any field trips? 

Have you ever been to an estuary?


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15 comments:

  1. Your photos are just beautiful! Love watching your life through the lens of blogging x

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    1. Thanks Sarah! I have fun taking pictures and sharing them:)

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  2. Oh man... I can TOTALLY relate to your thoughts here. I knew homeschooling would be a lot of work but... ha! Phew! Here's to remembering why we are doing this, and enjoying the special moments it brings! :) Would love to have you come link up with the #ParentTeacherMeetUp as well! :) http://branson365.blogspot.com/2015/09/merrill-homeschool-parentteachermeetup.html

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    1. Glad you can relate;) It's all worth it though! I'll check out your link up!

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  3. I know what you mean, I don't like to blog too much about our ugly days/times, but there are definitely good times and bad times, mess and crying children, but then that's life and I think most people understand that what you see on a blog is only part of it! The ocean unit study looks fun and of course so much better when you can get out and discover more about it in person, that always helps me remember the things I've learnt in books better. Fantastic photos of your and your beautiful children discovering more about estuaries.
    Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather :) x

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    1. Yes, we have our good days and bad days! It has been a blast studying about the ocean especially since we live right near it! Thanks!

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  4. Looks like the kids had great fun exploring. It's nice to see them put down the joystick and get outdoors!
    Hope you'll link up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/09/steam-powered-whatchamacallits.html

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    1. Yes, we love being outdoors and we don't have video games;) I'll check out your link up!

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  5. Gorgeous photos! It's lovely to get outside and blow the old cobwebs away :)

    Stevie x #WhatevertheWeather

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  6. I am in complete admiration of people who homeschool. You must have so much patience. What a great place to visit though and to get outside for some fresh air. I love your pictures, haha i think all of my pictures are the same, behind all the smiles on the family days out there are always some tears and tantrums too! I can definitely relate to this. I love that you're going outside and exploring and relating it to learning. I've found that taking Evie outdoors to learn and then relating it back to books and messy play really helps her to learn things so much quicker and in more detail. Thank you so much for linking up to #whatevertheweather x

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    1. Believe me I don't! But I am learning to have patience;) My kids and I have to get outside. We drive each other crazy when we are cooped up together for too long;)

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  7. I love that you remind that it's not all perfect, even if it can appear that way from beautiful pictures. This is my first time on your blog but I'm already really enjoying a look around, especially hearing from someone whose been home educating for longer than I have. Even your blog's name is encouraging to me! Those palm trees also make me miss home (Trinidad & Tobago) - it's cold here in England!

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  8. What gorgeous photos, I'm also in the UK and it's so cold now and we didn't even have a proper summer. It's so nice to get outdoors though, I struggle when it's cold but I need to be prepared for it as there is a long winter ahead of us!

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  9. lovely photos! Wishing it was still warmer here too!

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