Skip to main content

Discover Learning

Without a schedule or set plans we were free to discover the beaches according to the tides.  We visited most.  Blind Pass, Bowman’s, Gulfside City Park, and our favorite Lighthouse Beach.  In New England our family hobby is collecting sea glass.  In Florida it is shelling.  In New England we are on the constant lookout for red sea glass and in Florida our eyes strain looking for the rarer shells, like the Alphabet Cone, Horse Conch and of course, the Junonia. 

We discovered more in the warm waters than I anticipated. 

Grace discovered she loves photography, especially with her Go Pro camera.  I was amazed at the sharpness and the color quality she captured.  I even like the fish eye lens she uses.  She took it everywhere and has plans to make a video of our vacation to put up on Youtube.

Lilah discovered she really likes keeping journals.  At home she fills journal after journal but we have never had much success with our travel journals.  I plan them, lug the art supplies with me and we start them but they come home half full (or half empty).  This year was very different.  I did not pack their travel journals and supplies.  They did.  They requested to stop at every single state Visitor’s Center from VA to FL.  And we did.  The wrote and wrote and wrote.  At the condo, Grace would relax with some television or take a walk on the beach and Lilah would curl up in her favorite chair on the lanai and write.  Her journal is truly wonderful and something she will have forever and always.  

Lest Grace get upset, she also kept a travel journal jam packed with information like tide charts, beaches, beach reviews, shops we visited, best ice cream, etc.  She could publish it as a travel guide of Sanbel from a teen’s perspective.

Discovery.  We are always learning.


  1. What a lovely vacation. Thank you for sharing it on here.

    The photos your daughter took with her GoPro are beautiful! My son has been asking for one and we are considering getting him one for his birthday next month. If you don't mind me asking, which model does she have? I keep reading reviews and I can't figure out if it is worth it to go for the 4 or if the 3+ is fine.

    1. She has the GoPro Hero 3+ Black. You need to purchase the Samsung Extreme 64GB micro sd card for the Hero 3+ black. This insures the best video/picture quality. She tried a regular card and the video kept breaking up. With her own money she has purchased the chest mount, the three way (tripod/selfie stick), a dog harness, and several helmet mounts. The accessories add up. She would love the LCD attachment but it costs $80. This would allow you to actually see what you are filming. Right now she is pointing and clicking, there is no viewfinder. The beauty in that is some very candid moments are captured - like me looking at shells on the beach. She still has to put together her vacation video, which I will share here. The video takes up a great deal of computer memory. We need to start saving to an external drive or flash drive.

      I hope this helps!


Post a Comment

Due to high levels of span, comment moderation is turned on for the time being. Thank you for taking the time to leave me a comment. I will return it shortly!

Popular posts from this blog

Defending Homeschooling

Yesterday I was called to defend my homeschooling to someone who did not know me well and does not understand the concept of homeschooling well.  Some of the questions that were asked included:

How do I grade?How do I know they are on track?How do I teach what I do not know?How do I have patience?How will they go to college?
These are fairly typical questions and I should have been able to answer them with ease and confidence but I sensed judgment and it shook me a bit.  After all these years, I thought I was beyond being shaken up by questions, especially when asked respectfully.  To be fair, the questioner has a very traditional outlook on education and has two children younger than mine, who already know which Ivy League schools they wish to attend.

So how did I respond?

Grades - we don't grade.  I have gone back and forth over 
the years about grading but I wrote a post a few days ago that sums up my thinking on grades.  It took Grace a year and a half to make it thought algebra an…

Art Journaling: Quotes

If you saw our group’s art journal pages on display, I wonder if you would be able to guess how old the artists are.

Their work is mature beyond their years.  

I wonder why this is...Is it talent?  It is interest?  Is it passion?  
I don’t know.  What I do know is that magic happens when they are together...  

...and that I love every single minute of it.  

Shelling in Coastal Connecticut, Rhode Island

It is a wise father that knows his own child. - William Shakespeare

Our family has always embraced each other’s interests.  We almost take them on as our own.  I have attended two weather conferences with Grace.  I have run a baking camp for Lilah.  It is truly wonderful when we discover an interest that we all share. For us, this interest is shelling.  
You can’t shell as home.  After a long and at times difficult week, Greg and I decided to skip our normal Saturday routine of food shopping, running errands and having a nice family dinner at home, in favor of exploring beaches in Connecticut and Rhode Island.  We threw food into a cooler, grabbed water bottles, our microscope, shelling bags (mesh laundry bags), and headed north.
Our first stop was Rocky Neck State Park.  We have mixed feelings about this beach.  We love the soft white sand and the glacier formations to climb on and the contrast of colors created by the water, the sand and the rock, but we disliked the Amtrack trains that…