Life at the Pond definitely seems to go in cycles. We are back to studying space- this time in connection with our Ancient Greek History/Mythology unit. Astronomy ties in so well with those two themes, between the mythos in the stars and ancient astronomers who shaped modern astronomy so long ago. This Mama Frog has been meaning to pick the blog back up, but there is always something going on, or something we are in the middle of. I figured this would be the perfect time to start again, at the beginning of this unit. The Froglets were busy today! They did planet fact sheets, constellations, name rockets, made astronaut puppets and even played with kinetic sand. My kitchen is full of suns and space pages we painted that are drying (finished projects are coming!). This unit will also give the Froglets the chance to learn how space exploration helped create an entire literary genre, in addition to the ancient myths. Tomorrow we will begin our Greek history/mythology portion of the unit. It has certainly been a hit so far, as the Froglets were begging to keep doing school at 5:00 this evening.
For almost a year now, Scoot has been the recipient each month of a box of craft supplies from Kiwi Crate. We got a discounted first box and decided to try it. The allure of having ALL the craft supplies for 2-4 crafts all in one box with little effort was very tempting. Not to mention, at the time we were taking a break from homeschooling, so did not have all the supplies on hand that we normally would have. Scoot was sad the Big Frogs were in school and she was at home with The Boy, and this seemed like a good solution. What I didn’t realize when I ordered it is how good of a solution it would be. I would not be writing this post now, except that this month’s theme happens to tie into the next couple of weeks here on the Pond. We did sun/solar and now will be doing a mini-lesson on the Night Sky and Astronomy. Next year, the plan is to delve into this subject in some depth, so this is a teaser for the Frogs on what to expect. The theme of the Kiwi Crate featured below is Nature Collections- It came with the materials to make a nature collecting box and a night sky lanterns, complete with a mini book on constellations. You will be seeing that star punch used in the days to come, but I wanted to share this fun craft as well. Using a cardboard frame, some translucent paper in different colors, some glow in the dark star stickers to hold the papers on the frame, pipe cleaners for a handle, an LED light for the glow and a star shaped hole punch for the stars, this was a simple craft for Scoot to put together with some mild “assistance” from The Boy and Mama Frog.
The result was a beautiful night sky lantern that cast its stars on the walls of her dark bedroom. So a huge thank you to Kiwi Crate for this introduction to Astronomy, and for getting us all excited for the coming week!
Should you care to try Kiwi Crate on your own, you can get half off your first crate but using the following link: http://www.kiwicrate.com/Refer?i=MicheleH2 (Please note I was not paid, reimbursed or otherwise rewarded for the above post. It was posted simply because it was relevant to our life on The Pond and because it was too cute not to share)