In early July we read My Blue Boat by Chris L. Demarest and had fun learning about whales, boats and lighthouses. We had a fun week, and then took a family trip to San Diego to check out real whales, boats and lighthouses!
“In this simple tale, a child sails from her bathtub on an imaginary ocean voyage. The blue boat sails across the bathtub, into the harbor, between the whales, under the sun and the stars – until it manages to find its way home.”
A Few Of Our Go-Along Books
We read several books about whales. We learned that whales are mammals, and they have live babies and drink milk from their mothers – just like we do. Although whales live in the water, they must breathe air. When a baby whale (or calf, as we learned) is born, the mother must push him up to the surface of the water to breathe!
With tape we made a baby whale at the size it would be when born and compared it to the size of a human newborn.
My Blue Boat is illustrated using watercolors so we also painted boats using watercolors.
It was a VERY hot week so we spent lots of time outside playing in the water.
I had made these ice boats, so we floated them in our water table. It was so hot that they melted almost immediately!
So when they melted we played with our ocean animals and scuba man.
On another day I made ice fish, which also melted almost immediately – but fun was had while they lasted.
We spent the next day guessing if several objects sink or float.
We practiced measuring using goldfish.
We also finished Singapore Essential Math Kindergarten A, which included writing numbers up to 10, shapes, patterns, length, size, weight, equal sets, more and less. We will start book B in the fall. We use our counting bears and Libby and Ian both love it.
On Friday we packed up and headed south to San Diego for a weekend of fun. Our first stop was Sea World.
“It’s Baby Beluga!”
We took a sunset ride over the harbor to look at the boats.
We watched Shamu the Killer Whale’s amazing show:
Leaving the park all tuckered out with her new friend ‘Cubby’.
The next day we went to Coronado Island. We visited Naval Air Station North Island and saw Daddy’s boat, the Ronald Reagan. Although Alex has been gone on two deployments over the last three years, he always flew home so this was our first time seeing a carrier.
And then we went to the beach to enjoy the sun and water!
We watched the sailboats in the distance.
We then visited Point Loma Lighthouse. The blue boat was guided home by the lighthouse in our book. It was fun learning about the lighthouse keeper and visiting San Diego’s first lighthouse.
The view was beautiful at Point Loma. We could see the entire city of San Diego.
We had a great week!