This week we have continued with our ocean theme, focusing on beach life and creatures that live along the rocky shores. The children have been fascinated to learn about the different animals and all the fun that can be had at the beach, sharing their own experiences of vacations. We're a long way from the ocean here in Colorado so it has been fun to bring this part of the world into our classroom and an interesting educational experience for the children. The children have enjoyed the 'oose parts creativity making sea sculptures with play dough, ocean pictures, and sand castles in the tuff tray. They have been sorting shells and pebbles and making mathematical patterns with shells in the sand. Engaging children with an interesting topic makes learning fun, keeps their attention and allows for many cross curricular learning opportunities.
We read stories about lighthouses and talked about what it would be like to live in a lighthouse. Reading books such as Beach Feetby author Kiyomi Konagaya, we also discussed our senses in relation to the beach: the sound of waves, the taste of salt water, the smell of seaweed, the feel of the sand and rocks on our feet and all the creatures we would see.
Seeing as we live so far from the ocean, a trip to the Denver Aquarium might be a fun idea to reinforce the children's learning. Maybe some of you will be taking a beach holiday over the summer and can look through the rock pools for yourselves. I'm sure the children will amaze you with their knowledge.