Homeschooling: It's not what we do, it's how we live.

Sunrise on the Beach


I took the kids out to SFK’s house to watch the eclipse on Monday night. We brought the kids’ bikes and sleeping bags with the intent of making a night of it, slumber party style. The kids roamed the neighborhood with bikes and flashlights (and I was happy to see that ours were not the only heathen children out and about at all hours, despite it being a ‘work night’) while we moms basked under the full moon, then we piled them all into cars and went down to the beach at midnight.

We unloaded the kids and a bunch of blankets and watched the earth’s shadow creep across the moon. It was absolutely magical – at least, it was until the kids started griping about being cold (and I admit, it was pretty windy, so sand was a factor as well), then piled back into cars and went back home. We actually had pretty good visibility; a few clouds here and there but overall we had a clear view while we were on the beach. Once we got back home though, the clouds had rolled in and we missed everything but the occasional glimpse of the red moon.

We put the kids down in sleeping bags in front of a movie at about 2:45AM, then we moms even sacked out about 3, with plans to rouse everyone at 6 to go greet the sun on the beach, however when it came time to get up, most of the kids were beyond waking, so the boys and I went by ourselves.

We drove out to the beach again and parked facing east. Sunrise was at 7:08AM, and we got there just in time. Unfortunately, it was very, very cloudy and I was afraid that we would miss it. But we waited, and as the sun came up  we could see the colors change behind the clouds. There seemed to be a strip of cloud-free sky just above the horizon, and as we waited we caught the first glimpse of the new-born sun! It was so still and quiet and peaceful. we watched the sun climb over the clouds and then headed back to SFK’s for breakfast. What a great night!




2 responses

  1. gatheringwonder

    I came across your site through the teaching/homeschool section of Picketfence and thought I would share a creative writing site for kids (and adults) that I have just set up – come and see the “I Wonder Chronicles for literacy and creativity” – use the prompts and add to the wonder!

    more here:

    December 28, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    • Thanks for the suggestion! I really like the ‘I Wonder” writing prompts. I can see those appealing to my boys. Thanks for commenting!

      December 29, 2010 at 11:11 am

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