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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Eclipse in the Park!

What a perfect day we had for this event! It was looking iffy in the morning, but it cleared right up and we had a lovely crowd for it. I especially enjoyed our youngest volunteers who helped to bring our felt play and songs alive! It's not easy being a planet, is it? ; )
Special thanks to our volunteers, Anna and Andrew for their help at the park. And thanks to Cady at work for her help with sign making!
Here are the books (that I could fit in! I actually had two more books I wanted to read, but who knew it could take so long to organize a solar system?)
Sun and Moon by Lindsey Yankey
If You Were the Moon by Laura Purdie Salas; Ills. by Jaime Kim
 I wanted to have a mix of fable and fact for this storytime, and all these books provided such wonderful examples of these concepts. Lindsay Yankey's Sun and Moon seemed the perfect fable for today! The illustrations are just gorgeous, and the story of the moon envying the sun for the daytime sights she gets to experience is the classic story of "the grass is greener on the other side." Sun wisely suggests that moon takes a step back, and really looks at his nighttime home, before he decides he wants to trade with her. And of course, when moon really looks at his domain, he notices so many beautiful sights that he never noticed before. We can all use a little dose of this type of fable from time to time! 


What the Sun Sees / What the Moon Sees is a fun flipflop book that you read halfway through, then flip over and upside down to read the rest. The first part of the book is all about what the sun sees during the day and the second part is devoted to what the moon sees at night. Very simple and sweet.

Douglas Florian is one of those poets that has that wonderful mix of humor, facts and fun. I could read his books all day long. I think introducing children to poetry at an early age is a great idea. Poetry has a way of taking a subject and condensing it down into it's purest form. Do that and be funny at the same time like Florian does and you have a recipe for the best kind of kid-friendly learning! I used selections from Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars to narrate a felt board I've been wanting to use for a long time, but was a little too lengthy and wordy for my usual crowd of mostly toddlers and babies ; ) I knew we'd be getting more older kids here today, so I finally got my chance!

If You Were the Moon is a new one by Laura Purdie Salas, and like all her other books, full of facts and spirit. She often has beautiful illustrators and gorgeous photography underlining her obvious love for nature. Share some of that love with your children :)
Our little volunteers really made Five Little Stars a treasure!

5 Little Stars
5 little stars were out one night
Gold and silver, shiny and bright
Up came the sun with morning’s light,
And one little star winked out of sight.
One winked out of sight!
5   4   3   2   1
And after our solar system felt board with Douglas Florian poems, we sang The Earth Goes Around the Sun. We handed out signs for all the planets and the moon and sang this awesome song about how the solar system works:

The Earth Goes Around the Sun

The earth goes around the sun,

The earth goes around the sun,

Around and around and around and around,

The earth goes around the sun!

 

The moon goes around the earth,

The moon goes around the earth,

Around and around and around and around,

The moon goes around the earth!

 

The planets go around the sun,

The planets go around the sun,

Around and around and around and around

The planets go around the sun!

 

The earth goes around the sun!

The moon goes around the earth!

The earth and the moon and the planets go round

Around and around the sun (repeat!)

If you want to go visit the solar system in your imagination, you might want to sign this song:

Climb Aboard the Spaceship

(sung to “Itsy Bitsy Spider”)

 Climb aboard the space ship, we’re going to the moon.
 Hurray and get ready, we’re going to blast off soon!
 Put on your helmets and buckle up real tight.
 Here comes the countdown, let’s count with all our might:
 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1‐‐‐ BLAST OFF

 Climb aboard the space ship, we’re going to the sun.

 Hurray and get ready, we’re having so much fun!

 Put on your helmets and buckle up real tight.

 Here comes the countdown, let’s count with all our might:



 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1‐‐‐ BLAST OFF





Sharing stories about the sun and the moon. Joining in with songs and dance. Live felt boards. Eclipse glasses and a sunny day. What a special day!

I'm so glad I was able to do an Eclipse program in the park. I had so much fun putting it together, and I hope you enjoy some of these highlights.
See you next time!
Miss Kelly

P.S.! Here's a nice booklist for more sun and moon exploration!

What the Sun Sees by Nancy Tafuri

            Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

            The Sun is My Favorite Star by Frank Asch

            Greetings, Sun by Phillis and David Gershator, Ill. by Synthia Saint James

            The Sun, the Moon and the Stars by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

            And If the Moon Could Talk by Kate Banks, Ill. by Georg  Hallensleben

            Our Stars by Anne Rockwell

            I Love You Sun, I Love You Moon by Karen Pandell, Ill. by Tomie De Paola

           Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star with illustrations by Jerry Pinkney

            When the Moon Smiled by Petr Horacek

            Mousetronaut by Astronaut Mark Kelly; Ills. by C. F. Payne

            Space Walk: Lift the Flap Adventures a board book by Salina Yoon

            Countdown! with Milo by Mike Austin
           
            A Trip Into Space – Houran

            Astro Bunnies by Christine Loomis; Ills. by Ora Eitan

            The Mouse and the Moon by Gabriel Alborozo

The Moon’s Almost Here by Patricia MacLachlan; Ills. by Tomie dePaola

Journey to the Moon: A Pop-Up Lunar Adventure by Andy Mansfield

            Space Shuttle Blasts Off by Peter Bently; Ills. by Louise Conway

Sun and Moon by Lindsey Yankey (good display book)

If You Were the Moon by Laura Purdie Salas

Nonfiction

Night Wonders by Jane Ann Pedicord  J 523 Peddicord

Night Light: a Book About the Moon by Dana Meachen Rau, Ill. by Denise Shea  J 523.3 Rau

            On the Moon by Anna Milbourne and Benji Davies  J 629.454 Milbourne

            Stars! Stars! Stars! by Bob Barner J 520 Barner

            Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars: Space Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian J 811.54 Florian

 

 

 





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