Today was one of those amazing days where I am just so incredibly happy and excited about homeschooling. We had so much fun! First we imagined we lived in northern Canada and were going fishing for mussels just like in our book. I used Easter eggs as our mussels and put them in various places in the backyard and then I let the kids have at it. I encouraged them to use their tools to collect up their “mussels”.
This is to give you an idea of what we were imitating. In our book, Eva and her mother go out fishing for mussels underneath the ice.
I made a sled for both of the kids, each with a mussel pan and some tools to use for the work ahead of them.
Ready, set, go! Go get your mussels to take back home for dinner!
She was pretty clueless about what we were pretending, but she sure was glad she was involved.
It’s hard work fishing for mussels.
They were so proud of their accomplishment.
Next we did a little activity that would help us see how Eva was able to cut a hole in the ice and go underneath it and down onto the seabed to get the mussels when the tide was out.
First we had to collect up some rocks in a bowl and cover them with water.
Next we covered our bowl with the top layer of “ice” (plastic wrap).
Then we tilted our bowl up on one side so the tide would go out and we were able to lower our girl down onto some dry rocks where she could fish for mussels. We did a lot of experimenting with bringing the tide back in and discussing how in that case, Eva would not have been safe, nor would she have been able to find the mussels under all that water!