Monday, February 9, 2009

Week Two, Day One

-Watch "Mr. Sun" music video
-Talk about the sun being in the middle of the solar system

Today Aidyn and I watched the "Mr. Sun" music video and I sang it to him a few times. Not an instant hit, but it'll grow on us.

Also, we read I Love You Sun, I Love You Moon by Karen Pandell and Tomie dePaola, The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Suess, The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey, The Aliens are Coming by Colin McNaughton, and Childcraft: A Look into Space. In A Look into Space, we read about solar eclipses and how different cultures examine this sky spectacle. Additionally, we read about sunspots, sun flares, and solar wind. Aidyn and I observed a picture of the solar system and we talked about the sun being right in the middle acting like a traffic cop towards the planets.

For fun, Aidyn had some "sun yogurt." I scooped him a bowlful of vanilla yogurt and added yellow food coloring. The imperfect coloring mixed in the yogurt created a perfect "sun effect" complete with sunspots and gaseous swirls!

Through reading and talking, Aidyn added some new words to his vocabulary:
sun spot
sun flare
solar eclipse
black hole
Copernicus (although he doesn't know who that is yet)

After reading a section on the constellations, Aidyn is dying to try out a homemade constellation creator that is detailed in our book. That may be a new project this week or next.

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