As we continue to learn about the sun and its many properties, this week I decided, instead of continuing on a scientific course with the kids, to head down a mythical path instead…
This had us exploring an Australian Aboriginal creation story, re-told in the Barefoot Book of Earth Tales, entitled “The Sun Mother”.
To bring the story to life, we made unusual creatures. Creatures that could have wings, legs, as many eyes as the kids wanted, fur, feathers, and all sorts of unusual things.
Check out some of their creations! And join us on June 27th for our field trip to Jonathan Rogers park, as we explore some of the sun’s creations at the community garden there!
Starlight, star bright, first star I see…today??
While we can’t see most stars during the daytime, Grandpa Sun has been teaching us all about the sun, and it turns out the sun is actually a star too! Just like the nighttime stars, it is made of gas and emits enormous amounts of energy! Our own sun is not the biggest star out there, it just looks so big because it’s the closest star to earth. Well, it’s still pretty big, because more than one million earths could fit inside the sun. WOW!!!
With the help of Grandpa Sun, our own artistic creations, and a trip to UBC’s Pacific Museum of the Earth, we’ve been learning a lot of cool (or should I say hot..) things about the sun.
After the kids told me what they already know about the sun, and what they are curious to learn, we began watching videos about the sun, reading about the sun, asking Grandpa Sun questions, and also making our own paper mache suns. Check out our sun solar system on display at Buddings!
So off we went to the Pacific Museum of the Earth at UBC to check out the OMNIGLOBE.
While we couldn’t get the omniglobe to work initially, we found some help and pretty soon we were amazed by the enormous globe that could be transformed from the earth, to Jupiter, to Mars, to the sun!
When we transformed the omniglobe into the sun, we got to see its sun spots and solar flares in action. It was glowing and bursting and exploding in front of our eyes! With all that constant energy coming to the earth from the sun, we sure are lucky that we’re positioned right where we are. Any closer and things on the planet would be too hot! Any further away and we’d be shivering in our boots.
Now that we’ve been on a bit of a space odyssey, we’re going to bring things a little closer to home. The next few weeks we’ll be looking at the sun’s affect on the earth–how it sustains all living things! Next week the grow light is coming out and we are going to get dirty planting seeds. We’ll get to see firsthand how solar energy is transformed into living organisms.
Stay tuned as our sunny adventures take root!
Monday’s Big Kids Club started off with a bang…literally.
While we began our discussion with the sun, it quickly evolved into other things that live in space, like comets and asteroids…EXPLODING comets and asteroids of course.
This season, Monday’s BKC class is going to be all about the energy and magic of our planet’s very own star, and Grandpa Sun showed up to start the conversation!
The last time we saw the lovely Miss Johanna Peters, it was to head up our Big Kids Abroad program last summer. Since then, she’s been teaching art classes at 4Cats, practicing yoga, and making beautiful music with her ukelele band.
The fall and winter seasons were cold ones, without her shining face around the centre, but she’s back with us for the Spring, and her Monday afternoon Big Kids Club class is all about the warmth that comes – When the Sun Shines.
Johanna has a story-teller’s talent for tying things together, and the amazing connections she creates for kids and the world are two of the reasons we are so excited to have her leading our weekly adventures.
She’s back at Buddings on Mondays, from 1 – 4pm, from April – June.