Friday, May 16, 2014

Preschool Geography: Sun & Shadows

My 3 year-old making a sun-catcher

If you are in a place new to you, where you have never see the sun rise or set, and want to know in what direction a certain road runs, you must notice in what direction your own shadow falls at twelve o'clock. At noon, the shadows of all objects fall towards the north. 
-Charlotte Mason, Elementary Geography (Lesson 24)

Today, my daughter's friends got together at a park for a lesson on the sun, shadows, and reflection. We sang Mister Sun (Oh Mister Sun, Sun, Mister Golden Sun, please shine down on me...), and Head-Shoulders-Knees-and-Toes (while watching our shadows). The mom who put it all together read Moonbear's Shadow by Frank Asch and then we played Guess the Shadow. She also showed how some objects can reflect sunlight. Then the little ones made sun-catchers with clear contact paper, colored plastic, and paper plates.

Guess the shadow...

My daughter's finished sun-catcher

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