1. Kinesthetic Learning: We acted out how the earth revolves around the sun, and how the moon revolves around the earth at the same, while rotating. Baby was the sun (yellow balloon), my son was the earth, holding our globe and rotating it while he walked around the sun, and my daughter was the moon, walking around my son as he walked around the earth. It was pretty entertaining watching them try to act it out!
a. First, we painted 3 separate sheets of paper to create the sun, earth, and moon. For the moon, we used a piece of aluminum foil to create textures to give the moon some craters. When we painted the earth, we discussed how the green parts represented land and the blue parts represented water.
b. After letting the paint dry, we cut out circles, then joined them with brass fasteners so they can rotate. The kids can visually see how it works, as well as spin the moon and earth around.
4. Visual/Auditory Learning: We teach the kids through what they see and what they hear by reading books to them. Here are some great simple books about the moon that we love. Some of them are purely fictitious story books, and some are filled with facts. I think it is important for learning AND imagination to have a mixture of both.
1. Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle
2. Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
3. The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers
4. The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons
5. Moon by Steve Tomecek
6. What the Moon is Like by Franklyn M. Branley