Weaving Zoology into our Summer Homeschooling
My eldest son has had a fascination with turtles since he was two. I have no idea why. They aren’t especially cuddly. They’re only mildly cute (in my opinion). Plus they don’t really interact with you. I know this because we’ve had a Three Stripe Mud Turtle for several years now. He was a gift to Jack for his third Christmas.
The mud turtle drives me crazy. That’s because when we got him, I swore the only way I would approve this acquisition was if the turtle didn’t land on my chore list. Yet, he did. Guess who cleans that smelly tank every six weeks. Ugh.
As a mama committed to supporting my kiddos’ interests, I try my darndest to find turtle-y things to add to our education toolbox.
Last year at Lubee Bat Conservancy, I ran into the folks at the Sea Turtle Conservancy. They had these amazing Florida sea turtle posters and I asked where I could get some. Turns out that all you have to do is fill out a form on the Sea Turtle Conservancy website and they will send you one set of five posters for free to use in your homeschool classroom.
We like to leave learning “lying around” so I promptly purchased some cheap poster frames at Walmart and hung these in the playroom. Guess what? Jack insisted that I read every single word on every single poster to him. Immediately. Without a break. Love it.
This summer, we are upping our turtle-ante and going to join a Guided Sea Turtle Walk. Kids have to be at least seven years old to attend and Jack just turned seven, woot! During the months of June and July, the Sea Turtle Conservancy invites the public to join them Monday through Friday nights for a guided night tour in hopes of catching loggerhead sea turtle nesting in the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. Click here to learn more and make a reservation: Sea Turtle Conservancy Guided Sea Turtle Walk.
I’m pretty sure we’ve watched every turtle movie made. If a Guided Sea Turtle Walk is too aggressive, another way to incorporate some turtle love into your home is the movie Turtle: The Incredible Journey. We got our copy from Amazon and the mixture of music, narration and filmography is striking. It’s not really sad, either, as some nature shows can be.
What are you doing this summer? Any off-the-beaten-path activities like sea turtles? Please share below!
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