Our Kindergarten students have been using concrete and visual models…
The Unicorns were studying outer space in April, so we went to visit the Chabot Space and Science Center. We met up outside and had a quick snack before being ushered into the planetarium for a film. There was some anxiety about whether the film would be scary, but Justice, who had seen it twice already, assured us it was quite safe. It turned out to be about two kids who build a cardboard rocket ship and visit all the planets. For Kalina at least, it was the highlight of the trip. After the film, we roamed through the exhibits, trying on space suits, pretending to be weightless, and watching a film of a real space station.
The hands-on room was especially a hit, where the kids created marble machines, stop motion videos, and lighted pixel pictures. Out on the observation deck, we saw three telescopes, and although it was too cloudy to look through them, the docent opened the dome for us, to many oohs and aahs from the audience. The deck was a good spot for some fresh air as the kids checked out the pin-hole cameras and sat in the sound observatory. After lunch, we met up at Roberts Park and ran around the playground. Harper and Jonathan impressed us by leaping off a high rock, while Justice’s mom Chamia gave everyone an adventurous ride on the rocking boat, topping off a fun and educational day.