Monday, December 20, 2010

A Lunar Eclipse and a Last-Minute Gift

I think that this will be my last post on Mommy Maestra for this week. Things are getting terribly busy around here - especially for me as I race to finish sewing several gifts for family and friends!

But I have several things I want to mention...

FIRST, if you don't know about tonight's lunar eclipse, you should! While I know this would be a fantastic learning experience for my kids, this magnificent event takes place at 3 am our time (the peak is about 3:17 EST), and once my daughter is awake, well, you can just forget it. There's no going back to sleep afterwards! And we have a very busy day tomorrow, so my husband and I decided that we will be the only two to wake up and catch a peek of the red moon. I'm going to try and take video. I'm pretty excited, but really sad that I can't share it with my kids, or we will all be a disaster in the morning.

However, if you'd like to read more about this fascinating phenomenon, check out the following links.

Solstice Lunar Eclipse - Nasa Science 

5 Things You Need To Know About Lunar Eclipses

Shadow & Substance

Catch the Total Lunar Eclipse Tonight


If you suddenly find yourself in need of a last-minute gift for a child (yours or someone else's), check out This beautiful site has some wonderful paper toys that you can make yourself. Or download, print, and wrap so that you can present it to your favorite niño o niña and let them make it themselves! Marilyn has so many beautiful toys available for download, many of them free (please consider a donation), and she also has some books available for purchase. Here's a short video she's made for The Toymaker's Christmas:


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