Friday, February 1, 2013

To the Moon!

Today, we learned about the moon, among other things.  Today was a busy day! 
 
To start, I told her that her breakfast would give her a hint as to what Bible story we'd be reading today, Joseph and his color coat.  First, I used a knife to cut two pieces of bread into coat shapes.  Then, I toasted them.
 Once toasted, I buttered them, sprinkled them with cinnamon sugar, and dotted them with sprinkles to give the coats their color. 
 She guessed today's story right away (and ate all her breakfast)!
After breakfast, we got on with our homeschooling.  In science, we studied the moon.  Of the books we read, our favorites included Papa, Please Get the Moon For Me by Eric Carle (a great fictional story about the phases of the moon!) ... 
... Moon Bear by Frank Asch (another one that shows how the moon phases) ...
... The Moon Might Be Milk by Lisa Shulman ...
... and the story of "Little Bear Goes to the Moon" by Else Holmelund Minarik, in the book, Little Bear.  (I used to love Little Bear as a child and really love sharing my old favorites with Maggie.)
After our reading, we completed our journal entry.  I asked her, "What is your favorite thing about the moon?"  She answered, "I like it because it reflects beautiful light."  (She listened!)  Here is her picture of the moon.
Then, we got on to our first craft project, one I found at http://www.iheartcraftythings.com/2011/07/story-time-happy-birthday-moon-creating.html, which uses white paint, flour, a paintbrush, black construction paper, a bowl, a pencil, an empty 20-ounce soda or water bottle, and star stickers.  First, you want to trace a circle in the center of your black paper, using your bowl and pencil, like Maggie is doing here.
 Next, you want to mix some of your white paint with the flour until you get it thick and textured, like the consistency of small curd cottage cheese. 
 Then, carefully paint the mixture into your drawn circle.  (It will be thick and tacky!)
 Once your circle is painted, use your empty bottle, cap off, to dab into your paint to make your moon's "craters."
 Here is ours.
 Finally, add your star stickers to the rest of your unpainted paper.
 What a great project!
 For our next project, we used paper plates to illustrate the changing phases of the moon.  You will need 2 paper plates, scissors, markers, and a brad.  First, cut a hole at the top of one paper plate, like we did here.
Then, under that hole, using your markers, draw a scene that you would see under the light of the moon.  Maggie drew her house, with Emmett in the yard.  (That cat shows up in everything, doesn't he?!)  :)
 Then, on the second plate, I drew in pencil the phases of the moon towards the edge for her to color in with yellow marker.
Once the moons were colored, we placed the plate with the hole on top of the other, stuck a brad through the center of both to attach them, and our project was complete!  Now, she can shift the plates to see how the moon changes!
 And for our snack, I grabbed this great idea from http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/content/experiment/using-oreo-cookies-to-learn-about-the-phases-of-the-moon, using Oreo cookies, a plate, and a marker to illustrate the phases of the moon!  It turned out great!  (I managed to cut away the icing from the cookies rather cleanly using a paring knife.)
 There were no objections from the peanut gallery!  :)
And for our final moon project, we made the moon cake again, using boxed cake mix, canned frosting, Oreo cookies, Necco wafers, and an American flag pick.  (You also need a pan that bakes spheres, found at the craft store.)  After our cake was baked and ready to decorate, we crushed up some Oreo cookies in a Ziploc bag, like Mags is doing here.   The finer you crush, the better, as we probably could have afforded our own crumbs to be smaller.  (Maggie looks so much like Al here!)
 Add your crumbs to your frosting and mix well.  Then, ice your cake.  Once iced, you can add the gray and brown Necco wafers (they come in a sleeve with all different colors) to make "craters."
Finally, add your flag pick!  Looks great!  :)
Maggie and I practice writing daily, but she asked me if we could make critters out of letters like we used to do last year, and I realized that we never finished our "Letter Critter Series" for you, so I told her we could do two we missed, Q and R.  (We will try to do the rest for you promptly.)  For Q, we made a quail.
 
And I got the idea for the R critter off of the Oriental Trading Company website, a robot, which is perfect since robots are among Maggie's favorite things!  This link shows the example: http://www.orientaltrading.com/r-is-for-robots-craft-kit-a2-48_8079.fltr.  Since I never need a dozen, and wouldn't pay $6.25 before tax and shipping to make just one, I always recreate their stuff using paper that I cut out the night before we craft.  Here is Mags, working on her "R Robot."
She was quite pleased to be doing something reminiscent of homeschooling days past!  :)
Looks great, Mags!  :)
I am so proud of Maggie's penmanship these days, so I wanted to share from one of today's worksheets!  Looks great!  :)
And here is my silly girl, in pottery class today, making a robot tile! 
Until next time, happy homeschooling! 

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