Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sailing with Four Generations - Seabird Unit Study

A map showing Seabird's exploits around the world
While my oldest met up with the Cat of Bubastes (again), learned how to bisect angles and wrote his heart out, my middle two finished up Seabird by Holling C. Holling, which is from the Beautiful Feet  Geography Unit Study. 

A map showing Seabird's exploits around the world.  All routes and labeling done by my 8 and 11 year olds.

One of the best investments I made with this particular unit study was to laminate the maps.  Not only can they be used again, but, when a mistake happens, it's not a big deal to correct it!

My daughter's version of a whaling ship

My daughter's version of a whaling ship.  Artistic license fully extended!


'Seabird Book'


I compiled their copywork, vocabulary, and drawn pictures into a special 'Seabird Book'. The 'bark' shown on the cover is similar to the whaling ship Seabird was created on.


Hand-drawn and labeled Anchor
Hand-drawn and labeled Anchor


Banana Tree
Banana Tree

Scrimsaw Carving
Scrimsaw Carving 


This unit study has got to be hands-down the BEST we've done in our homeschool journey.  If you are interested in learning Geography alongside literature, Holling C. Holling and Beautiful Feet make a wonderful team!

8 comments:

  1. thank you for sharing - this is right up our alley

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  2. Thanks for sharing! Great job on the ship!

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  3. I'm thinking I should have gone this route! The drawings and the whaling ship your made..... Part of the plans?

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    1. The activities for the drawings are in the unit study guide. My kids just took it upon themselves to make the wooden models and put their vocab words (copy work) and drawings into a book format instead of having them 'free floating' or as in the case of the anchor - cutting it out and taping it to the map.

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  4. That looks like fun! When my girls are older, I bet they will love it!

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    1. Marla - it's a great unit study! Thanks for visiting!

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