Lighthouse keepers had to keep a critical watch on the weather. Keep a two-week record of temperatures and conditions. Record them in your lighthouse logbook.

Read books about various types of sea life. Write about these in your daily log. Draw pictures of each creature.

Find out what different kinds of fuel were used in lighthouses. Tell your family about the things you discovered.

 The Fresnel lens is made out of a series of prisms. Research prisms.

Lighthouse keepers had to know how to tie many kinds of knots. Find a book about knots and learn how to tie four different ones.


The Lighthouse of Alexandria was considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Research and discover what the other six wonders were. Learn what you can about this first lighthouse.

Check out library books on American lighthouses. Find out which one is the oldest. Which is the tallest? Where are they located? Are any still in working order?

Lighthouses are not unique to the United States but are found in many different countries. Find information about lighthouses from five other countries. Discover what you can about each one. Draw pictures of each one, including a flag of the country.

Research the history of lighthouses.


Lighthouse keepers had to know the art of saving lives. Research the importance of water safety and how to rescue people in the water.

Learn about CPR.

Learn what types of sea life can be eaten. Is any seaweed edible?

Lighthouse keepers lived in remote areas and often did not have access to medical help. Research a common ailment and figure out what things they could use to promote healing. How would they have handled various cuts? Research first aid for a specific time period.


If you were paid $225 a year for lighthouse keeping, how much would you earn each month, week, day?

You and your family are given 25 stacks of wood to help keep you warm during the winter months. If you need fuel for five months out of the year, how many stacks would you use per month?

Lighthouse keepers had to be awake from dusk to dawn to make sure the light was burning brightly. Find out when the sun sets and rises in your area. How many hours and minutes would you need to be awake?

Foghorns were used in addition to lighthouses to warn ships of potential danger when the weather conditions were foggy. If a foghorn is blown on average every fifteen seconds, how many times would it be sounded if fog persists for five hours?

If you burn five gallons of kerosene every hour to keep the light lit, how much fuel would be used from 6 PM until 7 AM?


The different colors and patterns on lighthouses are called daymarks. Each one is different so that sea vessels are able to distinguish where they are during the day time by viewing them. Draw a lighthouse and create your own daymarks.

Lighthouses came in all shapes and sizes. Read some books that document different ones, and then draw your rendition of one.

Shipwrecks were common before the advent of lighthouses. Draw a picture of a shipwreck and a lighthouse keeper rescuing passengers.

Keeping the lighthouse painted, whitewashed, cleaned, polished, and gleaming was also the job of lighthouse keepers. Paint a picture related to this job.

*This article published July 21, 2010.

Jodie Wolfe and her husband have been married for twenty years. They have been homeschooling their two sons for twelve years. Jodie likes reading, writing and leading ladies Bible studies. She also enjoys encouraging women through her blog, Digging For Pearls at 

This article was originally published in the Jul/Aug 2010 issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine. Sign up now to receive a FREE sample copy! Just click here: