Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Floating in Space
We read new books about space this week and some of our favorites from the past couple of weeks. The focus of new books was on astronauts and space vehicles, and I also learned some new facts from Floating in Space. Smarty’s favorite line of the book was “Mealtime in space is often playtime”. She was happy to tell papa that astronauts are allowed to play with their food. I was  The Big Space Shuttlefascinated to learn that astronauts grow 1-2 inches taller while in space and then lose those inches gradually with return to gravity.  All three of us enjoyed the movie that I brought from the library called The Big Space Shuttle. It was made in 2003 shortly before the tragic last flight of Columbia shuttle. There is a reference in the movie about lost shuttles, but otherwise it’s a fascinating peek into NASA shuttle program. Smarty really enjoyed it, but she already got some introduction to vocabulary and concepts from the books and discussions that we had before. We also talked about Russian space program – after all, it was the former Soviet Union that had first sent a man into space, and I wanted her to know Yuri Gagarin’s name as well as she knows Neil Armstrong’s (OK, she keeps calling him Neil Amsterdam, but still).
Jan20_SpaceSmarty kept playing with her Lego space ships and building more of them. She also colored and cut several coloring pages, so eventually we could put together the space collage. Knowing her love for color mixing while painting I only gave her three colors for  her collage – purple, light blue and dark blue. She put together her collage the next day since her painting took forever to dry. Clearly she couldn’t quit while she was ahead and decided to add “tic-tac-Jan21_SpaceCollaagetoe in space” to it. The planet on the top is Pluto, and she told me that she thinks that “Pluto is a king of all planets because it’s so small”. Logic of a 4 year old… I want to frame this collage, but Smarty keeps saying that she is not done with it yet. I think it would be nice to add an astronaut playing that tic-tac-toe.
I am linking this post to StArt hosted by A Mommy’s Adventures and to Kids Get Crafty hosted by Red Ted’s Art.

11 comments:

Debbie said...

She could always put Neil Amsterdam on there with Yuri Gagarin to play tic-tac-toe.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I've never really thought about how one sided my education was - but I certainly couldn't have told you who Yuri Gagarin was.

Ticia said...

I didn't know his name either, but then I always get the names of the first astronauts mixed up. If my brain was working better I could probably tell you a little bit about the Soviet space program. I know they had several of the firsts before us, but I'm thinking of curling up with a large bottle of tylenol right now.

Ticia said...

Oh and Neil Amsterdam is hilarious.

Christy said...

I love Neil Amsterdam - so cute!!! I agree with Leah's comment. I love the tic-tac-toe too.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

Oh, I love the tic tac toe in space! Neil Amsterdam -- LOL!!!

Anna is SO clever!!!

Elle Belles Bows said...

Oh my goodness! The collage is awesome! Kerri

MaryAnne said...

I imagine Neil Amsterdam would enjoy playing tic tac toe in space =)

I didn't realize astronauts grew in space - I learned something new today!

And you know, there is some truth to that "smallest being king" logic...

Annette W. said...

I haven't taken advantage of teaching M about space yet...though I think she'd love it. Thanks for sharing!

Neil Amsterdam is pretty funny!

RedTedArt said...

Collages are great and you are a WISE WOMAN to restrict the colour usage.. if my son gets all 3 primary colours, we invariable get brown... I let him every so often, but not all the time!

Love the collage and this week's theme. Space is cool!

Maggy
(thanks for linking up!)

Our Homeschool Fun said...

I agree with Leah...

Teaching the space "story" from both countries' perspectives would be a wonderful way to do it.

Natalie's finished collage/painting is wonderful--I LOVE it!! You should frame it!