This week was school vacation week in Massachusetts. The third Monday of April is a state holiday called Patriots Day. It also is the day the Boston Marathon is run and so many roads are closed down for parts of the day. Since we did not have any of our normal activities, Steve took the week off of work and we took a mini-vacation the second half of the week to visit my parents at Cape Cod. We packed up all three of us and the two cats to drive two hours to my parents. It wasn't a bad trip except Fluffy does not like the car and meowed a good part of the way there and most of the way home--though she wasn't as bad as I expected. She may be getting more comfortable with the car. Hopefully.
Each time Hazel and I go she asks me to go to the beach. We often do not make it there, so this time I made sure we did. A few days before we went we took a book out of the library called Let's Take a Walk on the Beach by Karen O'Connor. It is a book about a little boy who goes to the beach with his parents and uses his five senses to explore the beach. It talks about what he sees, smells, hears, feels and tastes (he buys a lemonade and popcorn). Since we have been focusing on our five senses we did a similar thing and tried to do some of the things the boy did in the book. He went in summer on a hot day so it was a bit different going on a day below 70 degrees, but we did some.
snow from several of the books we have read.
Things we saw: sea gulls, a girl flying a kite (sorry the picture didn't come out), boys playing frisbee, hermit crabs, rocks, and a few dogs. Things we heard: dogs, waves, airplane, wind. Things we felt: cold water, dry sand, wet sand, hermit crab (well I did), rocks and seaweed. Things we smelled: sea air.
|Feeling Wet Sand|
|Feeling the Water|
|Seeing a hermit crab|
|Rolling in sand (don't worry I had a change of clothes in the car)|
|Digging the hole|
Can't you tell she loves the beach? Another great book for going to the beach is Wave by Suzy Lee. It is wordless story about a girl going to the beach with her mother and encountering the waves (with the sea gulls).
I had to bribe her to leave. We went to get ice cream afterwards. The next day, we drew in her journal about what we saw, felt, heard, and smelled.
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