Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Sun in Georgia

So, as you may remember from our last post, we have been studying the sun.  In addition, we had another great meeting with our homeschooling co-op, all about the state of Georgia, so I thought I'd share those ideas with you, too!

First off, I wanted to share Maggie's "sunny breakfast," a waffle decorated with strawberry slices and blueberries!
She approved!  :)
 At our homeschooling co-op, we always have a display table of things we'll be sharing and learning about.  Our host mom decided to teach us all about the state of Georgia, so here is her spread!  (We even had "Georgia on My Mind" by Ray Charles playing in the background!)
 Vidalia onions, Coca-Cola, peanuts, pecans, peaches, and even a Cabbage Patch doll!  All things Georgia!
In our lesson, we read Good Night Georgia by Adam Gamble ...
... and P is for Peach: A Georgia Alphabet by Carol Crane.  Both were great reads!
After we read and talked about Georgia, it was on to the taste testing -- peaches, peanuts, pecans, Vidalia onions, and Coca-Cola! 
 Mags was pleased with the peach!
 Getting a pecan ...
 And trying Coca-Cola ... she was not a fan! 
 Probably her favorite part of today's co-op was getting this snazzy Georgia key chain!  :)
 After our group time, we did our individual projects -- cutting out Georgia places of interest and locating and adhering them onto our large Georgia maps!  It was fun and we now have a few places in mind that we will soon be visiting!
 Finally, we got an activity to take home -- a Georgia book of facts we could make together!  It was a fun co-op! 
Once home, we continued with our sun studies.  (See our last post for a few book suggestions.)  We discussed how the sun shines on Earth, based on the Earth's rotation, then used a flashlight against our globe to demonstrate it.  (Mags is pointing to the part of Earth that is receiving daylight.)  We then rotated the Earth to show how we move into nighttime, etc.
 For a snack, she asked me for a cupcake.  Instead of making a whole batch from a box, I used a glass to cut a circular piece out of the Paleo Lemon Pound Cake I had in the fridge (I've been doing the Paleo diet for a month now) and decided to embellish that instead.  (The point to this is you can use what you have readily available to make thematic snacks versus making a whole batch of something.  Get creative!)
 I then colored a bit of frosting and used some leftover candy corn in my candy/baking bin to make a "sun cupcake."  I added a few sugar hearts to make a smiley face and some slices of star fruit on the plate to remind her that our sun is, indeed, a star!  What a stellar snack!  :)
 I guess my last minute snack idea wasn't a bad one, because this is the face she gave me!  Goofy girl!  :)
Then, it was time for our craft.  I got today's craft idea from, using a large circle cut from white cardstock, newspaper, paints in red, yellow, and orange, plastic wrap, black construction paper, glue, and Q-tips.
 First, place your white circle onto the newspaper, spread out, like below.  Then, squeeze a bit of each color of your paint onto the circle, like Maggie is doing here.
Once your paint is blobbed on, add a piece of plastic wrap to the top of your paint.
Then, squish!  :)
(Be sure you squish your paint under the plastic wrap so that your white circle is entirely covered in paint, with no more white showing.)
 Once your circle is covered in paint, carefully remove the plastic wrap, add some glue to the center of your black piece of paper, then transfer your painted circle from the newspaper to the glue on the black paper, lightly pushing down so as not to disrupt the wet paint.  Before the paint dries, use your Q-tips to drag the paint out from the edges, onto the black paper, to represent the sun's rays, like Maggie is doing here.
 Once our rays were added, we embellished our paper with a few star stickers to make it more space-like.
Looks great, Mags! 
 Happy homeschooling, everyone! 


  1. Love all the ideas! Beautiful sun painting :). You're brilliant as always. Ga day looked fun. God bless & can't wait for mardi gras! :)

  2. I was looking for a fun sun craft for my son! ANd i love this idea! GOing to be doing this, this week and will definitely link up, thank you for the inspiration :)

  3. You're very welcome! It was easy and fun! Enjoy it!