Whew! What a spectacular week!
A few months ago we took a vacation to the beach and I loved it. I love being near the water. I don't even have to be in it, necessarily, but just being close to the ocean is like a salve for my soul. I needed it. And then we took the kids vacation, which was the exact opposite. I don't think I've ever walked so much in my life. We hit up a two day convention, three theme parks (we even went to one on two different days!), and Downtown Disney. By the ride home, the kids were in hibernation mode. We spent nearly 10 hours in the van and Jaxon only started yelling ten minutes from the house. This weekend was very mellow so we could recuperate.
School Work on Vacation?
We didn't do any school work last week. I didn't have them log into their online lessons or practice math drills. No handwriting worksheets or science experiments. However, they learned so much that I'm fairly certain their heads have expanded from the newfound knowledge! We learned something everyday.
|Looking at sharks.|
If I had to pick the most educational field trip we took, I think it would be SeaWorld. We learned a little about dolphins and their playtime habits; but we couldn't convince them to come near us so we could pet them (they were about to be fed at the opposite side of the pool). We learned about the differences between seals and sea lions. We learned about the hazardous life of a sea turtle in a 3D movie dome. We visited the penguin habitat and realized quickly that it was very cold! I think we learned a little about heat energy during that part of a trip as the boys started rubbing their arms very forcefully to warm up! We couldn't stay there too long, despite a cute penguin audience.
SO MUCH FUN!
We had the best time on our trip and I'm so glad we went. I've posted about the places we visited and what we did if you are interested in reading those posts. Our vacation gave us time to connect as a family without all of the distractions we face at home. It showed Adam and I that we need to be more involved in all the Minecrafting that is done around here. It gave me a new idea of some lapbooking that we can do together for school; though, that just added a huge project to my neverending pile of to-do's. It was a great adventure that I hope they remember for a long time. I know I will!