Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Phases of the Moon

Tonight the three of us stepped out for dinner, then stopped at a local park to "get the wiggles out" before bed. Bria loves the swings, so that is where she spent the majority of her time!

After a few minutes she got off the swing, and she and I were looking at the beautiful pink sky of the North Dakota sunset. She was pointing out the colors and the clouds, then I spotted the moon - but it wasn't moon like she expected it to be. A tiny sliver of crescent moon was just barely visible in the sky above the colorful clouds,  and she couldn't quite see it.

So Daddy drew her a picture in the bark of the playground floor of the moon she expected (a big, full circle), and explained how the moon always looks like that, but some days you can't see all of it because the rest is hiding. Then he scratched out all but the tiny crescent of moon and told her what it looked like tonight.

Bria looked back to the sky and saw it right away. And she was so pleased! I wish I had had a camera with me to see the look on her face as she discovered a phase of the moon she was unfamiliar with.

Then, of course, it was off to the slides.