We had Easter dinner at the Venables with four families (total.)  It was a fun time and we got home after it was fully dark.  As I was getting Noah out of the car I noticed that the sky was perfectly clear and the stars were shining as much as you can expect in a city.  I saw Orion and the Big Dipper and the North Star.   I told Jon and Jonathan they should go look for a few minutes, so they sat on the hood of the car for quite a while.  It was fun to watch them out there and it will be fun to hear the report of their conversation. 

Here they are.  Jonathan exclaims, "We saw the little dipper* and the big dipper!"  They couldn't find the North Star, so after I dug out our star chart from the "stuff to get out when it's time to homeschool" box they headed back out to see what they can find.  *Jon was having trouble remembering things, so before I get comments about how if you found the little dipper you already found the North Star, keep in mind that now we have the star chart out and so can refresh our memories. (:

It felt so long ago that I put that box in my closet, fun learning materials for "when our future children are old enough."  Here we are!  Jonathan is old enough for plenty of things in that box.  We'll be having some new fun in the next weeks (and more!) 

Posted by Heather Daley on March 23, 2008, 9:00 pm | Read 2489 times
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Oh, I'm excited for you! What fun! Any work on languages yet . . . ? :)

Posted by IrishOboe on March 24, 2008, 5:23 am

When they came back the second time, they had found the North Star and Cassiopeia, but realized the rest of the Little Dipper was behind our house.

We found a box of ASL flashcards in the "homeschool box" that Jonathan got out. He asked me what they all were, and then found all the finger spelling letters in alphabetical order.

We have various books in Spanish and French (and others but these Jon and I can pronounce) and we listen to the Hippo CDs.

Posted by joyful on March 24, 2008, 10:44 am

Hmmm, sounds as if a video of Aunt Janet reading German stories is in order. :)

You might think about the IAHP Picture Dictionaries again if you're willing to allow computer time.

Posted by SursumCorda on March 24, 2008, 11:51 am

What we had originally thought was the little dipper was part of Gemini. And I was thinking the north star was part of the big dipper, but the handle was quite low, so we couldn't see it (and I didn't make the connection that the north star wouldn't be that low). I am not used to being able to see the north star and not the rest of the little dipper.

Jonathan found the big dipper by himself.

Posted by Jon Daley on March 24, 2008, 5:07 pm
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