I don’t know about you guys, but with two boys under one roof, we have acquired quite the collection of shark books. While all three of my children enjoy learning about sharks, my boys are obsessed. They are constantly sharing shark facts, coming up with spooky shark stories, and working on shark doodles.
Well, next week is Shark Week! I love to use my children’s interests in our homeschool and, with Shark Week on the horizon, I decided to have some fun. Today, I’m sharing a super simple way to incorporate Shark Week in your homeschool!
Shark Week in Your Homeschool
With three creative kiddos, I love to find educational materials that incorporate art. We have been having a fantastic time with Tricia Hodge’s Hodgepodge’s Shark Art Tutorials! Each ebook costs $7.99 and they are worth every penny. I cannot tell you how many hours of enjoyment we have had with these two books!
Shark Art Tutorials are fantastic because they are designed for any age level and do not require expensive materials. My 4-year-old had a blast learning about sharks alongside his big brother!
All you need to get started is the ebook, paper, and chalk pastels. That’s it! My children are 8, 6, and 4-years-old and they have all enjoyed and learned from the books.
These ebooks include instructions for getting started with chalk pastels and step-by-step instructions for drawing the following sharks:
- Great white
- Zebra shark
- White (or black) tip reef shark
- Night shark
- Flying sharks
- Shark fin
- Cookiecutter shark
- Goblin shark
- Whale shark
Each tutorial is loaded with fun facts about each shark, so your children are learning while they create!
Enjoy Shark Week in your homeschool with outdoor art!
These New Englanders love spring and summertime for a multitude of reasons. Near the top of that list is our love of outdoor art. We love to take our supplies out to the patio and let the creative juices flow. For the past couple weeks, in anticipation of Shark Week, my little friends have been creating lots of al fresco sharks!
This has been a wonderful way to enjoy art outdoors and learn about sharks for Shark Week!
Here is what we used:
The best part of this mini-unit study is that it was heavy on fun and low on required materials. We grabbed our doodle diaries, some chalk pastels, our outdoor easels, and the shark ebooks … and then we got to work!
What the little guy thought about this program:
Enjoy Shark Week in your homeschool with books!
It’s no secret that our family loves books! While we enjoy books on a variety of topics, I swear, we could open a library devoted to dinosaurs and sharks! Here are just a few of our family’s favorites, from nonfiction to fiction!
Now, it’s your turn: Does your family love Shark Week? Do you incorporate Shark Week into your homeschool? Share here!
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool and GeekMom. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, and Scary Mommy. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram