Friday, March 9, 2018

To the Stars! To the Moon!

This week we began our space exploration! We can't wait to tell you about everything we're learning about outer space this month! We kicked off this week learning about the stars, the sun, and the moon. Ada Grace loves stars so she had the best time learning about real stars and Noah was fascinated to learn what it's really like on the moon.

We are thankful for the opportunity to go on fun learning journeys like this one with Mother Goose Time. In exchange for sharing our fun with our readers on the blog, we get to travel to outer space free of charge this month.

3...2...1... Blast off!
First stop? The stars!

During our lesson about stars, I introduced the kids to constellations. We traveled to our local planetarium for a short show about the constellations they can see in our local night sky right now.

Then we used plastic star counters from Mother Goose Time to build our own versions of famous constellations like Cassiopeia and the Big Dipper.

Next, we had fun imagining and creating our own constellations with a STEAM station activity. Mother Goose Time STEAM stations are open-ended activities that help build STEM skills.

The kids had great fun making "stars" with our hole puncher!

Next, we visited the Moon!

We started our trip to the moon by experimenting with some "moon sand." You can make your own with 4 cups of flour and 1/2 cup of cooking oil. Full disclosure: since Noah is gluten free, we used a tub of Floof as a substitute for moon sand. 

I gave the kids various cups and shapes to create moon craters and hills. This activity entertained them for a good half hour while I did some simple housework. Don't you just love it when it works out like that?

If you can't make moon sand and Floof is not available, I think some "moon slime" would be a really fun STEAM experiment too!

Stay tuned to see more adventures in space. Next week, we travel to the planets in our solar system!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Traveling the World With Mother Goose Time

We have spent the last two weeks traveling the world with Mother Goose Time and the February "It's A Small World" theme. In exchange for our curriculum, we agreed to tell you guys about our learning adventure. I'd love to share with you today some of our favorite world landmarks and activities.

We received cute "passport" books and stickers for each day's lesson with our curriculum kit. Each day the children drew a picture of the place we visited and collected their "stamp" sticker. They loved it!

Every day we had new activities related to the landmark we were visiting. 

When we visited the Leaning Tower of Pisa the kids created their own leaning towers with foam craft peanuts and toothpicks. 

Noah worked very hard to create a structurally sound tower, but Ada Grace had more fun spearing her foam peanuts with tons of toothpicks. 

We also visited natural landmarks like the Grand Canyon. Noah made me promise we could visit the Grand Canyon in real life when he gets older. 

I really appreciate that our curriculum not only teaches them about fascinating places but inspires them to dig deeper and explore the themes in reality as well. 

When we visited the Grand Canyon, the children created layered paper art collages to mimic the sunset over the canyon. They turned out nicely and I loved that they were virtually mess-free!

I think Ada Grace's favorite part was tearing the paper and applying the glue. She's becoming quite the artist!

Finally, we traveled East to visit the Great Wall of China. We talked about just how big the wall is. The kids were amazed that you can see it from outer space! Then, in our community challenge activity, Noah and Ada Grace worked together to build their own wall out of blocks. I love watching them work together to create!

We had so much fun traveling around Earth that we can't wait to explore Outer Space with March's curriculum box from Mother Goose Time. Don't forget to check back next week to see what we are learning about stars and planets!