Saturday, March 19, 2011

Supermoon Story Time - Part 1

We're planning to make a supermoon cookie, today, in preparation for a moon themed story time tonight, to go along with some gazing (barring clouds) at the full moon.

It's being billed as a "super" full moon, because the moon will be closer to the earth, than it has been in 18 years. And we're told, that will make it appear bigger and brighter, than normal, especially if you can catch it at moon rise, or set, when it is near to the horizon, and has the whole moon illusion effect added to it.

We actually got a pretty good view last night, and since you never know what the weather will do, we took advantage of it, and pulled out the spotting scope, to get a quick look, and then the first few of our moon themed books, like The Magic School Bus Takes a Moonwalk.

You really can't go wrong with The Magic School Bus. This is an easy reader, so very simple, but still manages to pack in some interesting, scientific (if occasionally big bangish) facts.



Rise the Moon by Eileen Spinelli, is a dreamy, rhyming, ode to life under the moon. From moths, to night bakers, sailors to coyotes, campers to astronomers, or just a young mother rocking her baby to sleep...everyone is caught up in the beauty of the moonlight, making this gentle poem of a story, a perfect bedtime read.


As is Linda Smith's When Moon Fell Down, the playful story of what happens one night when the moon falls down to earth, and decides to join his friend, the cow, in painting the town, he normally only gets to see from above.


Oh, and just in case you're wondering how to make a supermoon cookie, my plan is to follow the recipe for moon cookies from Lisa Shulman's The Moon Might Be Milk (you can find our review of the book, with a go-along craft idea, by clicking here)...


...only instead of the regular little cookies, we'll make one, big, pizza pan sized cookie. I'll let you know how that turns out, with the second part of our super moon story time.

Or, you can click back to check out an Oreo moon phase snacktivity we did last June...


...or the moon crater pudding, from July.



Either way, be sure to take a look at what other families are reading, and recommending, over at the "What My Child is Reading" link-up, at Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns.

It's great to be a homeschooler.

8 comments:

MaryAnne said...

I love your Oreo moon phase snacktivity! That looks like something my husband would enjoy doing with the kids!

learning ALL the time!!/Susan said...

We had a beautiful view of the moon last night, as well.
These look like some fun moon-themed snacks...love it!
And, I agree about "The Magic School Bus"...you can't go wrong :)

Ticia said...

I'm thinking I read one recently where the cow steals the moon or something. I can't remember it exactly, but all of those look wonderful.

Debbie said...

We enjoyed the Moon Might Be Milk. I know that this morning out walking the moon was bright enough through the thin clouds, that I actually had a shadow as I walked along. It will be interesting to see what tonight holds.

Christy said...

C did the Oreo moon activity in school and he talked about it for the longest time. I should do it at home.

We enjoyed The Moon Might be Milk. The cookies were good too. I look forward to seeing your super cookie.

Joyful Learner said...

We'll be keeping an eye for the Supermoon too. Great list of moon books!

Wonder Mom said...

Oh, thank you so much for the moon info- I guess I know how we are going to spend out evening tonight...

Raising a Happy Child said...

We didn't get to see the Moon - it has been raining practically non-stop here for the past few days. I am contemplating moon crater snack as a science activity for the next week.