Saturday, July 16, 2011

Musings of A Full Moon

I couldn't wait for July 15th.  Did anyone catch the full moon last night?  We have been talking about the moon with the kids.  We've been patiently waiting to start our moon phase charting and reading some nice pictures books. Some of our favorites so far: Kevin Henke's Kittens First Full Moon, Eric Carle's Papa Please Get Me The Moon For Me, and of course, Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon.

We asked Dad to borrow his binoculars and brought out our telescope.  It took a while before the moon was high enough for us to enjoy, but in the mean time ... The boys had a great time looking at stars and three airplanes in the sky (my oldest preread this and said I should add satellites too). 

We started out at the bottom of our yard, then went up one level (of our tiny hill) and before we knew it we were on the last level's wood deck.  In complete darkness, mind you.  The moon was finally there.  My four year old immediately said, "it looks like cheese!", others' chimed in: "how pretty", "it's yellow", "how big",  "can we go there".   But my favorite was when I finally got the telescope adjusted and they all had a turn looking through it.  The image was so nice and clear.  It didn't look yellow anymore, but white and gray.  The craters were very visible and each one of them had one word: "WOW!"

I see the moon, And the moon sees me.
God bless the moon, And God bless me.

3 comments:

Jenny said...

Sounds like a great evening. I can totally picture your little ones saying "Wow!" :)

Pam... said...

That's awesome. You are such cool parents. I saw the moon too, and the moon saw me....but I didn't really contemplate it like you all did. I will next time though! May I ask when's the next full moon?

Grace'n'Chaos said...

We learned that it takes about 27 days for the moon to do a full rotation around the Earth, the next full moon will be August 13th.