If you’ve read what I’ve written in the past week about my daughter (Click here or here if you’ve missed it.), then you know she’s obsessed with the moon. She looks for it in the late afternoon sky when she wakes up from her nap. It can’t be seen that early. However, once it gets dark, she knows exactly which window to stand by to look for it. “Maa, maa,” she says as she points towards the crescent or circle in the sky. Whenever she’s reading she gets excited to find a picture that includes the moon. She points to it and smiles. There are many things I can give her, but unfortunately the moon isn’t one of them. I can’t promise her that she’ll go there now that NASA has halted its missions to the moon. However, I can teach her about the moon and help her develop a strong appreciation for it.
Yesterday, she woke up grumpy from her nap. About a half hour after her wake-up, she got into a good mood. She wanted to be read to, but didn’t want to sit on my lap for more than one book. Therefore, I proposed a scavenger hunt of sorts. “Let’s read these books and look for the pages with the moon. Do you think you can find the moon in these books?” I asked her pointing towards the picture book basket in her room.
“Sssss!” she exclaimed. (That means yes.)
“Let’s start looking,” I said as I grabbed On the Night You Were Born. I selected a page with the moon and then laid it out on the floor. I did the same thing with Sweet Dreams Lullabye so she’d get the idea. And she did. As soon as she found a page with the moon, she’d point to it and smile. Then she’d hand it to me so I could lay it out on the carpet.
I started to chuckle when she was about seven or eight books into the search since she’d page through them and slam the cover shut as she exclaimed, “No!” if she didn’t find a moon. She was on a mission and knew what was a moon and what wasn’t.
I’m not quite sure what the purpose of this activity was. Part of me thinks it was a way to appease her after her nap while waiting for the moon to rise. Another part of me thinks it was a good sorting and identification activity. Regardless, I know she knows what is and what isn’t a moon (e.g., a sun).