Last night was hilarious. My kids normally go to bed at 9pm, and get to stay up until 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Last night, they were ready for bed at 9. Strange, yes, but I went ahead and put them to bed.
At about 10:30, I’m in bed reading when there’s a knock on my door. My kids have discovered the big, bright moon through the window and are now begging to go outside and look at it. So we did.
And we’ll be doing it again tonight, and probably tomorrow night as well. And one night we’ll be going out to take a look at the meteor shower, and hopefully see a few. We have lots of trees, though, so we may or may not be able to see those.
This is yet another of those homeschooling moments I love. We don’t have to worry about getting back into a school routine before school starts, so we have no need to worry about getting to bed by a specific time these next few nights.
It’s also a great chance for my kids and I to spend some quiet, family time together. Sitting beneath the beautiful light of a full moon, in awe of the night beauty surrounding us, it’s a beautiful moment. There’s no fighting over toys, no rush to get on with our day. No one’s hungry or wanting to go for a bike ride. It’s peaceful and relaxing, and when we come back in, the kids are almost immediately ready to go to bed.
And of course…it sparks discussions about what a supermoon is, and what a meteor shower is. I’ve always been fascinated by astronomy, and so is my youngest. My oldest is interested, but I don’t think quite so much. But we’ve had plenty of conversations about these particular events, and it’s been so much fun.
Do you plan to step outside and enjoy the beautiful supermoon and the meteor shower? Or do you prefer to do your sky-gazing from behind the clean glass of a window?