Thursday, November 12, 2009

Moon Study

We've been studying the moon a bit this month. Observing it when the night sky is clear (which it hasn't been this week, but it was a new moon anyway), learning about its phases and position in relation to Earth.

I bought a copy of Apologia's Exploring Creation with Astronomy, and I wish I could say we've been using it! But it's been a little more random and serendipitous than that.

We've also been reading G is for Galaxy, which we found at the library. And, of course, we read Owl Moon.

A few night's ago we stumbled upon an episode of The Universe on the History Channel which was all about the moon's effect on and importance to our planet. I can't find it on the site now, but it was pretty fascinating stuff.

Then we got together with friends to make moon crafts! (I copied Goose and Binky's creative ideas.)

The kids enjoyed using Sculpy clay to make their moons, and then we had a glitterfest while making the moon phase mobiles! (I got so into it, I forgot to take photos.)

My boys love trivia games, so I used this moon quiz to get them started. Enchanted Learning has so many great resources, I finally became a member. We're going to track the phases of the moon using their calendar over the next month.

I know, really original post. But bear with me, and hopefully I'll find more time for blogging soon. :)


mandi said...

when i taught school, our 'moon' unit was always my favorite. if you guys lived closer, i'd take you on a tour of NASA!

love that shot of the whole family out with the telescope. what great memories for your boys!

Lisa said...

Very cool!!! Studying the Moon is so much fun. Actually, today on CNN NASA is reporting finding lots of water on the Moon! Fascinating!

Have fun

Lisa said...

This is quite timely... just saw a headline about water on the moon on the MSNBC homepage. :)

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Christina said...

I am bringing you some Kids Discover Magazines to borrow that have to deal with Space and Ancient Egypt. The boys might enjoy reading them. See you on Monday-around 12:30-1

mandy said...

I love how you said that you wished you had been using your books. Man, how I can relate to that sentiment!

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