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Sanibel Sea School offers Homeschool at Sea program

By Staff | Sep 9, 2020

With many families opting for virtual or homeschool this fall, the Sanibel Sea School is offering supplemental homeschool education through its Homeschool at Sea experience.

Homeschool at Sea is an experiential hands-on program where families can design a customized science curriculum with the help of the marine science education team. Similar to its regular classes, homeschool sessions include field trips to the Gulf of Mexico beaches, mangrove forests or to the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation’s inland preserves on Sanibel.

The curriculum uses marine biology as a platform to dive into subjects, such as symbiotic relationships, lunar cycles and taxonomy. Topics of study may also focus on a specific sea creature or part of the marine ecosystem. Families work closely with the team to design a curriculum that meets the students at their existing level of knowledge and compliments what they are learning in school or homeschool.

“We love working with homeschool groups because we can get really creative with the lessons,” Education Programs Manager Shannon Stainken said. “Since we meet with the groups multiple times throughout the year, we can dive a little deeper into the topics.”

The Sanibel Sea School already has eight groups starting in September and is excited to welcome returning families back and meet the new groups. Currently, it hosts groups from Sanibel, Fort Myers and Cape Coral. For more information about Homeschool at Sea, email info@sanibelseaschool.