The Mad Scientist: Star Light, Star Bright

This week found the “mad scientist” and her minions studying the amazing, cosmic world of stars!

The kiddos and I created these adorable, yet functional constellation medallions. On each medallion is a punch-out of a particular constellation with the proper name listed for each; on the opposite side is the popular name. We created sixteen constellations each, so each child would have their own set.

Constellation Medallions

My son’s medallions; his got a little crumpled in the process, unfortunately. They are made with heavy cardstock.

One neat aspect of these medallions is that they not only provide the kids with their own reference to all major constellations, but, when held up to the light, they project the constellation itself onto the opposing surface!

This proved to be very exciting for my family. They enjoyed reviewing their favorite formations and creating a pocket-sized reference to keep.

Not wanting to stop at the medallions, the gang also pulled out some aluminum foil and an old glass jar. We punched “stars”, constellations, and other formations into our foil paper. We then put the paper into the glass jar, added a light, and watched the walls glow with our “homemade galaxy”. Jar Star Projectors(I would highly recommend using a jar that is round and has very little to no lip on it. This will make putting the aluminum foil into the jar much easier. Other jars will cause the foil to crumple and ruin the affect.)

Mom wasn’t quite ready to end our lesson quite yet, so we grabbed our laptop and I had them watch this awesome video by Louie Giglio. (I know I have posted this video before, but it bears repeating.)

(While stars were the main focus of our science lessons today, we of course made sure to spend about an hour on our microscope fun. Today was especially exciting with fern development, frog reproductive organs, blood, and a view of mitosis. So much fun!)

This evening, the plan is to dig out our constellation projector (which little miss picked out for Christmas) and sleep under the stars. What an enjoyable day!

“He determines the number of the stars; He gives to all of them their names.” Psalm 147:4

Mom’s Night In?

Instead of going out for our quarterly Mom’s Night, we decided to crash in one of our homes and enjoy some fellowship.

We started the night off with some amazing food (the baklava was astounding), a short Bible study, shared some ideas on how to overcome difficult subjects to teach, and finally ended up watching a neat film.

I had never seen any of Louie Giglio‘s films before, but I found this one particularly interesting. In How Great Is Our God, Louie talks a great deal about the vastness of the universe and the seemingly insignificance of our planet. He then proceeds to share that even though we are miniscule in comparison to the rest of creation, it is for us and us alone God sent His Son.

I appreciated both Louie’s presentation and the educational portions of his lecture. I found it inspiring and awesome.

It was a very relaxing evening, spent with some very lovely ladies. I pray they were blessed as much as I.