Here are some of the highlights from our week. :)
We learned that the sun gives us light.
The light from the sun helps us to see. Otherwise, we'd stumble around and get lots of bumps and bruises—we'd be hurt time and time again! This helped us to understand our special words for the week:
Jesus is the light of the world.
When we take time to read His Word and obey it, it gives us guidance. It helps us see the "right" way to go and helps us avoid a lot of unnecessary pain in life.
We learned that the sun gives us heat.
We did a little experiment to see just how much effect the sun's heat has on our world. We took two plates and put an ice cube on each plate. One was placed in the shade under our patio cover. The other was on the table by the pool in direct sunlight.
When Millie went to check on the ice cubes after about 15 minutes, she found that the one in the shade was smaller than its original size, but it hadn't melted completely.
The one by the pool, however, was totally gone, and there was a puddle of water in its place. The heat from the sun caused it to melt faster than the one in the shade.
We also put a bowl of grapes in a sunny windowsill to see the effect of the sun's heat on them.
They haven't completely turned into raisins, but they're definitely well on their way. We'll keep them there for a couple more weeks and see how long it takes them to totally dehydrate.
We learned that the sun helps us measure hours.
We read Bear Shadow by Frank Asch and The Biggest Shadow in the Zoo by Jack Kent and talked about the way shadows change throughout the day.
Then we used a pencil, some clay, and a piece of posterboard to make a sundial in the backyard. We didn't mark it every hour on the hour, but we had enough marks by the end of the day to see how the shadows changed.
|Here she is making the last mark of the day. She was able to see how the shadows moved from one side of the pencil to the other as the sun moved across the sky.|
Before I taught Millie how the sun really causes day and night, I wanted to show her how people used to think it worked. We got out the inflatable globe that came with ECC and taped a piece of paper with a "W" on it to North America and one with an "E" on it to Asia. Then we went into my closet and shut the door. Before you think I've gone totally mad, let me assure you that that's not where we usually do school! We just needed a dark place to go! ;) I moved the flashlight from the E to the W to show her that people used to think Earth stood still while the sun moved around it from east to west.
Then we read an excellent book called Under the Sun by Ellen Kandoian. (We came out of the closet for this part. You can only take it for so long before it starts to feel a little claustrophobic!)
In this book, a little girls asks her mom where the sun goes when she goes to bed. Her mother tells her some of the different places it goes while she is sleeping. As we read the book, we found each place on the globe and turned our globe until that spot was in the sun's (aka flashlight's) light. When the sun was shining on Asia, we looked at the other side of our globe and saw that it was dark—night—in North America where the little girl lived.
We learned that the sun helps us measure years.
We moved our coffee table out of the living room one night and put a lamp (aka sun) in its place. We turned all the lights off, turned the lamp on, and gave Millie the globe so she could review how the sun makes day and night.
We told her that the earth not only spins around, but it also goes around the sun, making day and night, day and night, day and night over and over again as it travels. We told her to run around the sun and make days and nights as she went. (What's that? Permission to run in the house??!) So she picked up the globe and ran around the sun, spinning the globe on her way around.
When she got back to where she started, Greg yelled, "Happy New Year!" He told her that when the earth goes all the way around the sun, a year has passed. We gave the girls party horns to blow every time Millie made a new year, so things got pretty loud that night.
Some other fun activities were ...
Making the letter "S" out of Play-Doh.
Using Cuisinaire rods to complete our letter "S" page.
Writing our special words on a sheet of paper ...
... and then painting it!
Adding the very first circle to our Kindergarten caterpillar.
And praying for the Safwa people and learning how to say "sun" in Spanish.
I love that we get to play together and call it school! :)
If you'd like to use our badges to make your own Kindergarten caterpillar, our handwriting pages with the Special Words to Remember, or our poster with the Spanish, Special Words, and People Who Need the Bible, please do!! (Just click on the links to download them.) I'm all about pooling resources so we can all have the best year possible!