Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Homeschool Field Trip

Princess and I recently joined our homeschool group for a class called
Happiness is a Horseshoe Crab at the NJ Sea Grant Consortium.
The instructor read a book about horseshoe crabs, passed around some "sheds"
for the kids to look at and some mysterious substance in a bottle that looks like the famous blue horseshoe crab blood! That was a big hit with Princess. He went over a life sized model of a full grown female and took questions as well.

Then it was craft time!
Off we went to the bay side to Seine . The kids all helped carry the above equipment.
Have I ever mentioned how much we LOVE Sandy Hook?
Down to the bay side we went.

The tide was especially high due to a new moon, so parent volunteers were requested
for the seining. I am the one in the Farm Aid hat. ;-)
The gear kept us warm and dry and it was fun. (Special thanks to one of my favorite HS Mom's Michelle O. for taking pics while I waded out into the bay with the net. )
The high tide made it harder to get any good catches, but the kids enjoyed the jellies,
and hermit crabs and such. Putting anything "alive" into a bucket of sea water to be studied.
These were all returned to the ocean before we moved on.
Then we had a beach walk and learned about all the shells and creatures and plants we came across.

Our time ended as the rain began. Nothing beats a great day at the beach!

1 comment:

Wendy L. Callahan said...

What a fun learning experience! Horseshoe crabs still freak me out a bit. Heh. But I think it's cool to learn more about them.

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My homeschool buddies and I are all posting pics of our "home schools" as part of our idea sharing.

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