We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry. –Maria Montessori
We are beginning our study of the solar system. Bringing some of the wonders of the universe to the children is exciting and one of their favorite units that we study. By nature, children are inquisitive, observant, and eager to learn about the world around them. With their concrete thinking, understanding, and desire to label and name everything they learn about, we start by introducing the components of the universe, especially our own solar system.
We begin by discussing what the children think the solar system is. We know that as we look up at the sky during the day we can see the sun and at night time we can see the moon, stars, and some planets.
We learned about our star, the sun. It is made of gas and gives us light and heat. Our sun is the center of our solar system, with planets orbiting around it. The children learned the names of the planets, in order from the sun. We also learned fun facts about each planet and will do hands-on activities to explain revolution and rotation. Below is the song we are singing to help us learn the names of the planets in our Solar System.
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Wishing you a week filled with peace and love,
Michelle & Liset