Moon Unit for Kindergarten
*JZ is 5 years old*
Unit 2 of MFW
Unit 9 of You Can Read
Printables pictured are from MFW or YCR unless otherwise mentioned.
Words to Remember:
I am the light of the World
You can read about our curriculum choice and organization HERE.
I am running behind getting this posted. We are well into the next unit, and I realized I hadn't finished this post! You can read J-Bug's Tot Preschool post that coincides with this week HERE.
So far I am thrilled with our curriculum choice. While researching I kept coming back to My Father's World, and I am really loving it. Not every curriculum will work for every family, but we are truly loving it. The hands on activities are perfect for my active boys. The way the information is presented really captivates their attention and makes teaching enjoyable. They look forward to what we have planned each (school) day.
This week was all about the moon. We read quite a few books on the subject, some just for fun and other with a plethora of information about our moon and the solar system.
We sing quite a bit every day. Our family is very musical, and all four boys seem to love singing. (K and K babble in tune. It's very sweet.) Two favorite songs from the week were This Little Light of Mine and S-P-A-C-E to the tune of B-I-N-G-O.
I know how to spell space,
And this is how you spell it:
S-P-A-C-E, S-P-A-C-E, S-P-A-C-E
And this is how you spell it.
We sped up each verse, and the boys cracked up each time. JZ's face had to have hurt at the end of each school day from how big he smiled during this.
We made a Moon Cake:
1 1/4 cups sifted cake flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 egg whites at room temperature
Preheat over to 375 degrees. Sift flour with salt and set aside. Cream butter until light, gradually adding in 1/2 cup of sugar. Mix in dry ingredients slowly. Put batter into a greased, round cake pan. In a separate bowl beat egg whites until frothy, slowly add remaining sugar, and beat to very soft peaks. Add vanilla and almond extracts to the egg mixture. J-Bug was in charge of sifting. I showed JZ how to separate the egg yolk from the whites. They both love helping with the mixer and know the proper safety precautions. I created three openings in the batter to represent craters on the moon's surface, one small, one medium, and one large. I asked the boys to point out which crater was the biggest, smallest and medium. We added the milk to the large crater, baking soda to the small, and the egg mixture to the medium crater. Then JZ poured the vinegar on the surface of our moon, and we watched it all bubble together. Combining baking soda and vinegar is a favorite around here, so both boys had eager, expectant grins are we did this. Next we mixed everything until combined and then pushed raisins, or moon rocks, into the batter. The cake baked for 25 minutes and turned out a tad darker than I would have liked it, so I suggest checking it after 20 minutes. Once cooled, I sliced the cake in half and discussed whole and half with JZ and introduced the phases of the moon, which we discussed in more detail another day.
Using Education Cubes we played Astronauts to Earth, from Mama Jenn. Instead of playing a game as a competition, we played together.
The theme for the MeMeTales Readathon last week was Character Development, so I decided it would be more effective to use teamwork and cheer each other on than to compete.
We made a space rocket snack out of half a banana, a pineapple ring and strawberry pieces. The strawberries were JZ's idea. He said we needed fire.
We read Little Bear and made space helmets just like Little Bear wore in Little Bear Goes to the Moon.
Here was the invitation I set out for the boys.
J-Bug loves any opportunity to paint. He only occasionally reaches for his painting supplies himself, but any time I set out a few colors and supplies he jumps right in.
JZ is hit or miss with paint, however he loved the prospect of making a space helmet.
While painting, we planned our space trip. We discussed where we would go and what we would see.
J-Bug told me he was going to jump off the "really, really, really high bean bag" to get to outer space.
Every paint project turns to finger painting and color mixing in our house lately.
We left the paper sacks out to dry while we went to the park with friends. After nap time we added pipe cleaners and found places all around the house to jump off of and pretend we were Little Bear.
Here is an update of the grapes we set outside last week during our study of the sun. They are getting closer to raisins!
Using baking soda I had JZ make the phases of the moon on black cardstock that I had cut into four inch squares. I firmly believe that children learn best through sensory play, so by having him press the textured baking soda onto the paper, the images of the moon phases were ingrained into his head.
(You could use flour, cornstarch, etc. I used baking soda simple because we had a small amount left in an old box.)
Last weekend JZ asked Daddy to take the training wheels off his bike, and he has been zooming around ever since!
In J-Bug's Tot Preschool post I wrote about making straw rockets. Since we spent a lot of time talking about rockets, I created a fun experiment to demonstrate how gas propels rockets by using a balloon. Using the straw rocket template from Teach Beside Me, the boys colored and cut out their a second rocket. (They each made one with a straw first.) Instead of rolling the paper, I taped a balloon to the back of their rockets. They blew up their balloons then released them to watch their rockets soar! I explained how the air that they blew into the balloon rushes out of the opening. When the air pushes through the balloon's neck it pushes the balloon forward. A rocket is pushed by gases that are made from the burning rocket fuel.
One day we made a quick and simple space ship. I draped an old comforter over our coffee table. I rolled a piece of poster board into a cone shape then covered it with foil. I covered two card board squares with foil, and the three of us decorated them using paint and sponge stamps. I attached the squares to the comforter using duct tape once the paint had dried. Then we crawled under the table and set off on an adventure! For added fun, I grabbed a few glow sticks to give us light inside the rocket.
I found this awesome printable on Living Life Intentionally to make Oreos to show the phases of the moon. We NEVER have Oreos in the house, (because I have no self control with them whatsoever!) The boys could hardly contain their excitement at this special treat. This was such a simple yet awesome tool for teaching. Since that day, JZ is constantly taking bites out of his food and asking me which phase the moon is in.
Be sure and check out the fun JZ had reviewing coin values with GLOWING fun in my guest post at Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas.