The Earth and Sun
The Earth and the Sun turn and burn. February went by so quickly that I didn’t even finish posting for January and poof it was gone! I’m playing catch up this week though, so our week 22 is for the week ending January 27th! The kids had already learned that the sun was a star, so we had a lot of fun with thinking about what would happen if our star was different, and the kids worried at first that our star might supernova! They discovered there were billions of years left and they stopped being so afraid! I love how science gives them information to combat fears of all kinds!
We spent a lot of time this week just trying to CATCH the sun. Here’s a hint– the sundial didn’t go well– too many clouds! However the kids had a great time checking out what the center of the Earth and Sun would look like, learning via the use of a central object (play-doh tub), a rotating object for the Earth (a top), and a plate to help it revolve around while also rotating. This showed them what it would be like to have day and night and seasons of course, plus a little feat for mom to keep it spinning! I got the hang of it after a few times!
The kids read books focused on saving the Earth, what happens at different times of day, shadows, and being an astronaut. We practiced making shadows, worked on our space and sticker workbooks, and did math games. I made up a quick sheet of sun related terms for my oldest and we had a cool Earthdance kit that had a fabric globe in it. Note the ‘Earth child’ above. Their art focused on the sun and Earth and their cores. We finished out the week with a Trivia Night to sponsor their weekly club meetings.
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