Last week, we began a model of our solar system creating planets and the sun that were proportional to each other.
This week, we created a model of the solar system based on the distance from the sun. We tried to use the same scale that we did for the planets, but if so, the earth would have been a mile away. So instead we decided that 1 inch would equal 1 million miles. We then converted the number of inches that we had into yards so that we could create a scaled solar system. Finally, we went outside and found the distance for our planet. Below each child (plus a big rock representing Saturn) represents a planet (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune). The first picture is from the sun while the second picture is from the furthest planet, Neptune. The green thing in the road in the second picture is our sun.
As we discovered how wide our solar system is, we were all amazed. It was an opportunity to talk of the greatness of our God who created this entire universe. Learning this, our faith can be sustained knowing we serve a big God.
Another important figure this week was Johann Gutenberg. He was the man who developed the printing press. We discussed that he used the finest paper (known because of a watermark) and that his measurements were exact. Because he was printing the Bible, he wanted it to be perfect. Through him, we are able to sustain our faith because he opened the door for us personally to read the Bible and to learn more about God through academic subjects.
To celebrate our learning of Gutenberg, we created paper this week. We first created a watermark on our screens, and then sifted a mixture of wood pulp and water to get the paper. We also built stamps to be able to print like Gutenberg did. Wow! So much learning in such a short amount of time!