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                    Let's learn about sea creatures!
July 31, 2013
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 Gulf Shores & Orange BeachDon't you love watching your child experience "ah-ha!" moments? Set your child for fun, engaging learning while you spend time together on the sugar white sands of Alabama's Gulf Coast. Visit today to plan your educational adventure to this family-friendly destination, and enter a whole different state of discovery.

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I love the beach. I love the sand, the smell, the vastness, and all that you find on the beach. Some of my best memories are walking up and down a long stretch of beach looking for shells, treasures, and sea life. I love watching my kids battle the surf, dig in the sand, and giggle with delight as they race around in circles, overwhelmed by the size and openness. There's just so much to learn and experience at the beach. It's like a schoolroom in itself.


The only problem is that I live in Indiana . . . and that's about as far from the ocean as you can be. Oh, there are some big lakes around us (even one Great Lake), but it just doesn't feel the same as the ocean.


So here is my thought about learning about sea creatures: go to the beach. You might live real close but it's been a while since you've let your kids explore . . . so go to the beach. Maybe you live in a place like land-locked Indiana, my advice? Go to the beach anyway. Get a map out and see how close you are to the ocean.


I'm just a short day's (12 hours) drive to a big chunk of the East Coast. I bet you can reach some salt water in about the same amount of time. That's not too bad . . . not for one of the greatest learning experiences God has to offer. Do a little map research, a little planning, and do it.


Which brings me to a sore point . . . what is the deal with schools starting back up at the beginning of August (some in JULY!!!)? Don't get sucked into that EVIL line of thinking. Stick to your summer guns and enjoy summer. You homeschool; so you decide what you want to do. Do not let some academic, summer-hating, goofball trick you into giving up your summer!!! Go to the beach.


Be real,



P.S. Our friend, Sarah Mally, author of Before You Meet Prince Charming, and the Bright Lights staff will be running conferences forgirls and parents in Pataskala, Ohio (near Columbus) and  Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (near Detroit) the 2nd and 3rd week of August. In each location, they will be running two conferences: The "Strong in the Lord Conference" for girls ages 8-14, and the "Radiant Purity Conference" for girls ages 12+. These conferences are designed to encourage girls to be walking closely with the Lord in the years of their youth. Moms and Dads are encouraged to come with their daughters. 



Let's Learn About Sea Creatures

 By Sherri Seligson


Summertime always seems to make us think of warm, sandy beaches, and tropical places. As homeschoolers, these ocean locations are also great educational opportunities as children can explore the unique environment of the sea. Even if you cannot travel to the ocean this summer, you can definitely "immerse" yourself in the fascinating world of sea creatures.


Here are some fun ocean critter facts to "wet" your science appetite!


Did you know . . . a shark has teeth all over its body? Sharks have special scales called denticles which are small toothy projections. If you were to pet a shark (which I don't recommend) its skin would feel like sandpaper.


Did you know . . . all clownfish hatch as males. When there is no female present, a clownfish will release hormones to convert to a female. This strategy makes it easier to form mating pairs.


Did you know . . . you have likely eaten lots of seaweed, or algae, in your lifetime? Two components of seaweed--align, and carrageenan--are used to help foods stay mixed together.  Algae are used in salad dressings, pudding, ice cream, and many other foods.


Did you know . . . a starfish can grow a new arm if it loses one? In fact, if that lost arm has even a small piece of the center body, that arm can also grow a whole new starfish!


Did you know . . . dolphins can use their echolocation abilities to identify what things are made of? They can accurately identify a red, plastic ball when it is mixed up with a red, wooden ball of the same size. In fact, they can also tell another dolphin that cannot see the balls which one to choose!


The oceans are truly full of amazing creatures. Take some time this summer to dive into this fascinating world!


Before Sherri was "promoted" to the position of homeschooling mother of four, she worked as a marine biologist at Walt Disney World's Living Seas pavilion and published shark behavior research. She is the author of
Interning for High School Credit and has written companion curricula for feature films such as Dolphin Tale and War Horse. Sherri and her husband, David, live in Orlando, Florida.


Raising Real Men    

Once we were walking along the beach and saw a small purple shell sticking up out of the sand. One of the boys grabbed it, but it didn't come up immediately. He pulled and pulled until a giant conch shell came up--complete with the creature inside behind his door! We took it up to the house and looked it up in our shell guide. Eventually, we dissected it. The guys have never forgotten their wonder.  


When it comes to teaching boys about anything, and especially creation, it helps to get them outside. If you live near the beach, take a walk at low tide. Tidal pools are a great place to find crabs, sand dollars, and coquinas (tiny little rainbow-colored clams). Watch the edge of the surf and you may see coquinas washed up that turn on end and dig themselves into the sand in a little dance. It's amazing, but such a tiny spectacle that you'll never see it if you aren't looking. In the dry area of the beach, look for the little holes that sand fleas run into. (Sand fleas are little crab-like creatures, not like regular fleas). Walking on the beach at dusk with a flashlight will show you all kinds of wildlife you won't see during the day. Don't swim in the ocean at dusk, though, that's when the sharks come in to the coast. Be sure to look at the bushes and trees near the shore, too, to see if you see shells in them. That's right; you might find a hermit crab, who has borrowed someone else's discarded shell to make a home in.


But, what if you don't live near the beach? You might have an aquarium or zoo nearby. It's worth a trip. In fact, we're headed to the zoo today! Even if you don't visit often, an annual membership can save you money. Usually being a member will get you into zoos and aquariums all over the country. And no matter where you live, you can adopt a hermit crab from the pet store and watch him grow and molt.


Now we've gotten all excited about going to the beach again! It's been awhile, so maybe we'll head over there after Labor Day when there isn't so much human wildlife. Sounds like fun!


Yours in the battle,

Hal & Melanie


And sometimes it is a battle! Our six boys started getting moody long before the physical changes of puberty. Some days they turned into green rage-monsters! You aren't alone! Learn how to make the teen years great at our popular live, interactive webinar series, Boot Camp 9-12 for parents of 9 to 12 year old boys, starting soon. Click here to find out more!


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Dinosaurs, dolphins, and flying fish-oh my! brings the world of animals-past and present-into your classroom. For the months of July and August, Cathy Diez-Luckie of Figures in History is taking a closer look at the Baryonyx and the infamous Tyrannosaurus Rex! Cut out stand-up figures, try some coloring pages, and learn more about these unique creatures.  


When you're ready to hit the beach and explore the world of the ocean, join Marla Schultz for her Literature Kit journey to French Polynesia where you can encounter dolphins, flying fish, an octopus, and more as you enjoy Call it Courage by Armstrong Wells Sperry.


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Looking for a way to cool off in the heat of summertime?
Pull out your laptop and get busy typing the inspirations that come to mind as you think happy thoughts about . . . Christmas!

Yup, Christmas is only a few months away, and The Old Schoolhouse Magazine is eager to publish your inspiring, educational, and FUN articles, recipes, family traditions, and unit studies related to the upcoming holiday season, as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. What are your favorite family traditions? How does your family delve into learning about where Bethlehem is, why Joseph and Mary had to travel there, and what happened on the night when our Savior was born? What new recipes will you try for the first time during the holiday season? Could you share with our readers your secrets about buying (or making) the very best gifts for your family--and staying within the budget? What are your favorite holiday songs, and why? How do you celebrate Christmas where you live? How do you put Christmas ornaments on a . . . palm tree? How does your family honor Christ on Christmas morning?

We want to hear your ideas, ways to bless and delight the readers of our November/December 2013 issue with educational and "cool" ideas. Inspired? Then send your idea to Gena Suarez and help us celebrate in style!


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