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Favorite Oceanschooling Resources!

Favorite Oceanschooling Resources!

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We have joined forces with some amazing homeschooling families on Instagram to study oceans for the month of March! This was not part of our original plan for March, as we are right in the middle of a dinosaur unit…but this opportunity was too great to pass up! One of the many benefits of homeschooling is the freedom to change plans and go with the flow…and we do it quite frequently!!

Oceanschooling…what?

So, what exactly IS Oceanschooling? Well, it can be anything at all to do with studying the ocean. You could learn about anything relating to ocean science, marine biology, ocean animals…anything! We have already done a unit on oceans before, but since it is one of our favorite topics we are always interested in learning more! So, I decided to let the kiddos decide what area of ocean science they wanted to learn. They unanimously chose Ocean Animals! So I set out to do what every other book hoarder would do…I amassed books…lots of books! So, I want to share with you some of our very favorite resources!!

Favorite Ocean Books

Our home library is ginormous! I adore books. So, whenever we find a topic that I know the kids will be interested in for a long time we invest in books! Thankfully since we have studied the ocean before we had quite a few of these books on hand. I did purchase a couple extra to add to our collection and then we grabbed a few from our library!

As an Usborne Books & More consultant, we have TONS of non-fiction from Usborne! They are absolutely amazing books! A few of our favorites are:

 

In addition to our collection of Usborne Books, I have purchased some amazing books from Amazon! Here are some of our favorites! I am including just our general ocean study books, but we have several more on dolphins, sea turtles, coral reefs, and manatees! You can never have too many books 😉

Sleeping Bear Press Alphabet Books are ALWAYS the first books I look for when creating a unit. They couple both fiction and non-fiction and are amazing resources! I highly recommend this book! We adore it!
The Big Book of the Blue is GORGEOUS! This is another very favorite of ours. The illustrations are fantastic and it is a huge book. There are several books in this series and ALL are amazing!
National Geographic Kids are amazing books! This Ultimate Ocean-Pedia is packed with amazing info!
We adore these Photicular books…we have Dinosaurs as well and it is gorgeous!

I could go on and on with book recommendations but I want to share some games and resources we are using as well!

Favorite Ocean Resources

 

I try to find a Safari Ltd Toob to go with every lesson I can! This is a bundle pack that has regular size and minis! The kids LOVE these!

 

I am embarrassed to say this is our first experience with water beads! I thought the kids would be too old to enjoy them…I was WRONG! Water beads plus Safari Toobs equals a fun time!

 

Professor Noggin cards are another huge hit at our house! My kids love trivia and these are wonderful!

 

Gorgeous gorgeous game! We have Birds as well and they are so fun and absolutely beautiful and such high quality!

 

We are also puzzle junkies! We try to add those into every unit we do!

Organizing a Unit

For this particular unit, I let the kids decide what we were going to learn about and when. I chose to plan things out without a curriculum, which I tend to do a lot! We use a combination of books (lots of books), Youtube or Amazon videos, art projects, and lap books! This works well for us because the kids love to do hands-on projects. If your kiddos aren’t crazy about art projects you could easily create worksheets or presentations or any other way for them to show their knowledge!

Here is a link to some of our favorite videos for oceanschooling! We also did a search on Amazon and found tons of additional videos…we even watched a dolphin being born! So amazing!

We are also very fortunate to live SUPER close to the ocean! This allows for a lot of field trips and hands-on learning…aka…beach trips! We try to visit the beach at different times of the day to see what kinds of creatures we can find! We have found coral, sea sponges, a sea cucumber, shells, crabs, horseshoe crabs, sea horses, and many other interesting creatures. If you don’t live near the coast, a trip to your local aquarium would be a fabulous way to add some fun to your unit!

Stay tuned for a follow-up post with some of our finished projects!

 

For more book and activity ideas head over to my Amazon storefront!!

 

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