The sun broke out this afternoon, despite a rainy forecast for the week, so I decided to grab the opportunity to make a sundial with the kids.
We found a great, Exploratorium printout, that walked us right through the process. All you need besides the printout, is a pencil, a compass (lucky thing we made one this morning!), and some sun.
The children took turns looking at the clock, and trying to figure out the time, and bringing up a lot of good questions:
- Why are there two sets of numbers on the clock printout? One set is for standard time, and the other is for daylight savings time.
- Why don't the numbers go all the way around the clock? Since there's no sun out at night, there are only numbers for the daylight hours.
- What happens if the sun goes behind the clouds? That probably means it's nap time.
It's great to be a homeschooler.