We're finally getting around to finishing up our unit on the moon and the letter M. Here's a pic of our rocket ship snack.
We read Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown.
Then the kids and I made our own Goodnight Moon books by cutting pictures out of magazines and gluing them to construction paper booklets. This is my son's book. He loves grandpas so he was totally digging this old man picture. He even titled his book Goodnight Happy Grandpa.
We also made a "bowl full of mush," which is one of the things we say goodnight to in Goodnight Moon. This is quinoa flakes with liquid stevia.
We read Moonbear by Frank Asch. In this story Moonbear makes a rocket ship and then falls asleep during his countdown, waking up again in the winter. When he awakes he sees snow thinks he is on the moon. He walks around, making pawprints in the snow, but when he comes upon his own tracks he thinks they may be the tracks of a terrible moon monster. Luckily, it snowed while doing this unit so we went outside and made our own tracks.
And we made a snowman too. :)
This is a letter sounds discrimination file folder game.
And this is a neat book titled Cuisenaire Rods Alphabet Book Problem Solving A to Z. It teaches counting, problem solving, symmetry, letter recognition, and addition.
We also made a model of the sun, moon, and earth, made a rocketship out of a cardboard box, dressed up in spacesuits, and listened to Greg and Steve's "An Adventure in Space," which you can preview and buy here: http://www.amazon.com/An-Adventure-in-Space/dp/B002D4XCKQ. It's a really fun song.
Some other books we enjoyed were:
Moongame by Frank Asch
Happy Birthday Moon by Frank Asch
Eyewitness Books Space Exploration
When the Moon is High by Alice Schertle
If You Decide to Go to the Moon by Faith McNulty
First on the Moon by Barbara Hehner
Recently, I had an MRI with gadolinium-based contrast dye. Gadolinium is a heavy metal and even a small amount is toxic to humans. Therefore, to use the gadolinium as contrast dye, it is bound to other molecules, which facilitate its travel through the bloodstream without causing harm (usually). The contrast dye has a black box warning label from the FDA, which is the strongest warning issued. This means that there is potential to cause serious harm. The majority of the gadolinium is removed from the body within the first 24 hours, mostly via the kidneys. It's important to drink as much water as you can during that first 24 hours, maybe even 48 hours, to eliminate the contrast dye from the kidneys quickly. My MRI was at 9:00 PM so I even set my alarm that night to wake up every couple of hours to drink water and go to the bathroom. Some people who have severe kidney disease may be unable to eliminate the gadolinium quickly enough, leading to a debilitating disease called Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF), which causes severe swelling and tightening of the skin, connective tissues, muscles, and internal organs. Here is a picture of someone with NSF:
It's an extremely rare occasion that someone develops NSF, and it only happens in those with kidney disease. However, I recommend making sure that your doctor checks your kidney function (creatinine blood test) before you have an MRI with contrast dye. Any good doctor will. Even if your kidney function is fine and you have no adverse reactions after the MRI, still know that small amounts of gadolinium probably remain in your body, and could cause health issues in the future. Remember, gadolinium is a heavy metal, and heavy metal toxicity in the brain is often associated with neurological diseases like Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson's. I strive for a pure body so I'm doing everything I can to remove the Gadolinium from my body. My naturopath prescribed me EDTA, which is an oral chelating agent. I take it every other day for a month. After completing the course of EDTA I will take a different chelating agent for a week and then take a test to make sure I got most of it out.
2017 Update: Some of you have asked if the chelation worked to clear my body of gadolinium. I don't know. I haven't tested again. The test is expensive!