What a way to kick off our 2017 school year! The solar eclipse band of totality passed right through our city, and we were able to watch the whole thing. To get the most out of this once in a life-time experience I spent the week prior to the big event teaching my girls about the eclipse.
- We downloaded the free solar eclipse unit from Apologia and worked through it together.
- We made t-shirts using yellow acrylic paint on black shirts (we traced a plate, painting in an outward motion)
- We did a resist watercolor art project to paint the total solar eclipse. Even the preschoolers did this one! It’s easy-peasy; simply use yellow and white crayons to make a thick circle then provide the children with dark sky water color options (black, navy, purple, even some hints of red) and let them enjoy covering the page.
- We also spent some time praying and thanking God for the amazing way that He orchestrated the heavens to declare His glory. We also requested clear weather so that we would be able to see it, knowing that He is in control of all things.
The Big Day!
The weather was hot and the traffic was horrendous, but we made our way to our friend’s farm where we would watch the eclipse with a group from our church. The children played on the farm and would stop every few minutes to put on their protective eye-glasses and gaze up into the heavens to see how things were progressing. There was always much excitement as the children announced how much had been covered since the last time they checked. In those final moments leading up to totality we all joined together and watched with anticipation. It was absolutely breathtaking!!! Even my 3 and 4 year old were amazed! We praised the Lord for His beautiful display of glory. It only lasted 2 and a half minutes, but it will be forever in my memory. We have already started talking about travelling to see the next one that will come through the U.S.
These beautiful eclipse images were captured by a friend in our group, Jason Matyas. Neither my phone or camera could really capture it, the blue sky photo above is the best mine could get. Even his images do not do justice to the splendor that was put on display in the sky.
Notebooking and Nature Journaling
With much delight we reflected together about the solar eclipse. My 4th and 2nd grader gave oral narrations and then illustrated and wrote them down. I also decided to make one! One thing that I’m endeavoring to do more of this year is to join with my children in our homeschool activities. I love the joy and comradery this brings to our homeschool! My girls all seem to get a bit giddy when mama picks up a paint brush with them. I enjoy it, and I want them to see that learning is an enjoyable thing. I choose to do assignments like our art and nature journal narrations because learning should be desirable. I love Dr. Christopher Perrin’s thoughts on a return to School as Scholé (Leisure and Contemplation) and I hope to cultivate that in our homeschool.