AT HOME WITH THE SUN is an excellent resource for kids, teachers, and home-schoolers. It introduces kids in grades 1-6 to solar energy in a logical text that focuses on the proven domestic uses of solar energy for hot water, home heat, and electricity. It is an excellent primer for the teacher seeking to plan solar energy lessons and for home schooling parents wanting a comprehensible introduction to this science topic for themselves as well as their child.
There are ten hands-on activities using easy to find materials, including Michael's signature PIZZA BOX SOLAR OVEN for making Smokeless S'mores! Other projects include soda can water heaters, shoe box greenhouses, connect the dot drawings and word matches.
Dozens of clear, amuzing drawings of black and white line art enhance the text which shows how solar energy is relevant to the readers life. Examples such as solar powered calculators ground the concepts in everyday experience.
Descriptions return again and again to cozy houses, warm baths, and solar electricity to run toys. Also places solar energy in a historic and multi-cultural perspective.
36 pages, 8.5x11 paperback with glossary and resource list.