LESSON - What better time is there in the year to teach the children about the Earth and Sun and how they relate to each other? Essentially why and how we have our seasons here in the northeastern hemisphere and why the sun never sets at exactly the same time. So we looked on the computer and found this really neat website that has a short video showing an example of the Earth rotating around the sun. Click HERE to view it. I explained to the kids that the Earth only goes around the Sun once a year and that is what marks one calendar year. As the Earth rotates around the Sun, the Earth spins on its axis. We threw in the moon for fun and then with the three of us we acted out one year. Since Lauren has some special needs and needs some extra stimulatory factors to help her recreate a year in space we went outside and drew a yellow circle. This was the Sun which I got to play. We then drew a blue and green circle around the sun about four feet from the sun. This was the Earths path around the sun. We then drew over the blue/green line with a white piece of chalk making a continuous line of circles (like a spring) to demonstrate that she was going to turn in circles as she moved around the sun in a bigger circle. Matthew who is 10 and ready for any high engery game did not need any cues to know he was going to run circles around Lauren to demonstrate the moon circling the Earth and creating 1 day. The kids actually got the concept and really laughed a lot in the recreation of this year a day at a time. We did not complete the moons 365 days but we sure did try. It was fun and at one point we fell down lauging so hard.
SUMMER SOLSTICE CRAFT – During our Summer Solstice Party we will be making various Sun’s using many types of materials such as Paper Mache, Clay, Construction Paper, Pipe Cleaners etc.