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MaryM
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Posted: July 02 2009 at 2:04pm | IP Logged Quote MaryM

We have a fun thread and discussion going in Picture Book Discoveries, but thought it would be good to have an actual "rabbit trail" thread with all the resources. Lighthouses are a great topic for unit study or rabbit trails - there is so much there, science, history, character study, literature.

The lifestyle of a lighthouse keeper is pretty fascinating. Talk about the "slow" life - since it's pretty isolated there wasn't much opportunity to over-commit . "Anythin' for a quiet life, as the man said when he took the situation at the lighthouse. ~Charles Dickens

But just imagine the isolation many of these families faced. I've read some interesting stories of the education opportunities provided for lighthouse keepers' children - which for some was obviously homeschooling or correspondence school or tutor on island. Others boarded on the mainland during school year or some cases of boats ferrying neighboring island children to a small school just for them.

We followed some trails last summer in anticipation of getting to visit some in Oregon last fall. Here are some resources we found though we didn't use them all.

What other lighthouse resources do you have or suggest? Especially you coastal families who are lucky enough to have them in your neck-o-the-woods...

Our picture book list is here in the picture book forum.

Other books
Women of the Lights Candace Fleming
Longer juvenile biography telling the amazing stories of numerous female lighthouse keepers (Ida Lewis, Late Walker, Harriet Colfax, Emily Fish, Abbie Burgess, Fannie Salter) - cookbook



Food/Cooking
Lighthouse cake

Lighthouse Cookbook - not yet released - looks like it's coming soon
Cooking Lighthouse Style - cookbook


Activity Books & Units
Amanda Bennett Lighthouse Unit Study

The Lighthouse Activity Book

These two activity books have some really great projects - both science and art oriented. There was a ton I learned myself.

Lighthouses for Kids: History, Science, and Lore with 21 Activities - a Kids! book from Chicago Press

Lighthouses of North America!: Exploring Their History, Lore & Science - a Kaleidoscope Kids book from Williamson Press


Websites:
-New England Lighthouses: A Virtual Guide
-From Women & the Sea website - Lighthouse Keepers
-US Park Service Maritime Heritage Program
-Lighthouses to Visit
-National Lighthouse Day - August 7



Crafts
Lighthouse craft using paper plate and styrofoam cup
Lighthouse Kids activities
Lighthouse w/light from plastic water bottle



And you can even stay in a lighthouse for vacation! I so want to do this - it sounds really unique.
Lighthouse Lodging
Lighthouse Accommodations


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Posted: July 04 2009 at 2:25pm | IP Logged Quote SuzanneG

National Lighthouse Day is August 7!!!!!!!   I didn't know that!    Something fun to celebrate and gives me a couple weeks to plan an outing to a new lighthouse around here.

....thoughts swirling.....

GREAT linked RESOURCES, as always, Mary!

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Posted: July 04 2009 at 3:02pm | IP Logged Quote ladybugs

We were given this map when we did a lighthouse study a few years ago.

We also purchased a lighthouse cookie cutter.....and made some yummy cookies!

Hope that helps! I love the idea of vacationing in a lighthouse! I always wanted to live in one!

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Posted: Aug 15 2011 at 11:19pm | IP Logged Quote MaryM

Another very cute lighthouse craft.

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