Here are some examples of what we've done in our unit studies...
|Elizabeth's St. Lucia flag|
materials: FLAGS of the WORLD book, courtesy flags (small flags we fly while in other countries), markers, paper, journals
what we do: each time we enter a new country/island, we learn about what the flags look like and the significance of the design. Kids make a flag and then write in their journal about it. They also help Mark raise the flag once we are checked in through customs.
|Michael raising the St. Vincent/Grenadines flag|
materials: construction paper, books Roger the Jolly Pirate, The Best Book of Pirates, Pirate School (series of chapter books), Jolly Roger song sheet
what we did: read the book about the jolly pirate, and learned how to make a Jolly Roger pirate flag, made pirate hats to wear with our best mean faces!, imagined what it would be like to live on a pirate ship, learned about the famous Caribbean pirates, checked out imitation pirate ships anchored in the bays we visit, spoke in Pirate-ese (land ho!, ahoy matey, walk the plank!), made our own treasure maps, enjoyed lots of imaginative play, and sang the Jolly Roger song over and over and over and over til Mommy and Daddy were ready to abandon ship!!
|Arg! Shiver me timbers, matey!|
|enjoyed a steel drum band and mango ice-cream!|
materials: books Caribbean Dream, My Island and I, My Little Island, maps of each island, watercolors and paper, various tropical fruits and spices found on islands, reggae music
what we did: made watercolor paintings of the beach and ocean, went to visit an open-air produce stand and tried some soursop, mango, papaya, bananas, cinnamon, and nutmeg, talked to locals to hear their dialect, talked about how the islands were formed from volcanoes, found lava rock or pumice along the beach, listened to reggae music and watched a steel drum band, played a small drum in one of the markets, took a tour of the hot springs and sulphur pools, learned about the plants found on the islands, walked through an old fort and an old sugar mill, saw a fish market and someone blowing the conch shell, and much more...
|Elizabeth at the spice market, smelling the curry and cinnamon|
|Our watercolor beaches|
Now, we are starting our weather unit. This past week, we have learned about clouds. The three levels of clouds, the shapes of clouds, the names of clouds, and what they tell us about the weather. The kids have had fun looking for the clouds in the sky as we're sailing, and they've also made their own cloud formations from a bag of cotton balls I picked up in a marina pharmacy.
Next, we will learn about the water cycle and wind! Lots of real life application in that unit!! I am having more fun teaching with these units, and the kids are enjoying it, too. They just soak it all up!
We have figured out that no one does any good trying to do school while we are under way. During our passages, you will find the kids doing one of the following...
|sleeping or resting|
|playing on the iPad|
|helping Daddy navigate|
|playing bumper bodies with lifejackets on!|
A few other random shots from our most recent travels around the islands...
|learning to paddle the kayak|
|swinging on the lines like Tarzan!|
PS - I am really here, I'm just usually the one holding the camera! But all these photos show Mark as the "Superdad" that he truly is!!