Soaring to the Sun

This week, was a scorcher as we went soaring to the sun! Even though there was a tad bit of rain, that didn’t stop us from experiencing all the great things about the sun.

Tuesday evening, we had six students come out to make sun memory boards that can hold up to 8 pictures, tickets, etc. We used orange and yellow paint to make give our suns the ultimate “Sun look.” They made the rays out of clothespins that we glued on. Some suns were more of a sunset look, while others made theirs look like the actual sun.

Our daycamp friends got to get pretty crafty this week as we explored two new art techniques. We got to paint suns with eyedroppers and liquid color. This one was a little messy…and wet..but it was a load of fun, and seeing kids interact with new ways to create was great! They also got to make a sun disc wall hanging. For this, we used a lot of tissue paper squares! We had old CD’s that we hot glued string onto the back so that they can hang it at home. Then, we alternated orange and yellow tissue paper squares to go all the way around the outer edge of the disc. On the inside, we crumpled tissue paper and glued it to the center. This gave it more of a 3-D effect.

On Wednesday morning, it was raining, and we still had a packed house! We read the book Sun’s Day and made our own suns out of construction paper. One little friend made all of his rays covering the sun’s face because it was hiding. I thought that was a pretty great connection with what kind of weather we were having!

Our summer school friends were able to celebrate their last week with us! We have had 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade summer school joining us each week, and they got to celebrate with a prize plaza just for them! Between all of the California summer school classes, they cashed in $1317.50 worth of tickets! That is pretty impressive for only reading for 4 weeks! Some students involved in summer school will continue the program with their day camp provider, their parents, or both, but we know that not everyone can, so we wanted to give them a chance to reward them for coming to the library’s programs and reading each week. I think it’s safe to say that they were quite thrilled with all of their goodies…and that 5Below should just start a tab for us. HA!

Thursday evening, our trip to the sun concluded as our elementary friends made alien sun catchers. We also read Sun: One in a Billion by Stacy McAnulty. It was a great read aloud that was very informative as well. For instance, did you know that the sun rotates? Not only does it rotate, but the middle rotates faster than the poles of the sun.

Next week, we are heading to “a galaxy far, far away” as we celebrate Star Wars! Make plans to join us for the last week of evening programming throughout the summer.

This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

Heidi Porter