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solar system
May 28, 2013 at 2:22 AM
Any ideas about teaching a preschooler about the solar system?

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  • No_Difference
    May 28, 2013 at 9:02 AM

     My little guy just learned the names of the planets in the solar system...I never took it farther than that, but mostly because he didn't care to learn more than that... I found some song at one point that went through all the planets. It even went over that Pluto is no longer a "planet".

  • oredeb
    by oredeb
    May 28, 2013 at 12:04 PM

     hi arwalters,

    the preschoolers im teaching are very interested in the whats up there in the sky so we are putting a sky on our ceiling, with the planets hanging down,

    we cut out the planets from large cardboard boxes, we paint them the colors of the planets, and talk about them, then hang them up

    at night i show them where the planets are in the sky and on a sky map

    we will  read stories about the sky,  they will draw the planets for their notebooks,

    we are going to learn the planet names by making up a song about them

    this site is good  http://www.planetsforkids.org/

    they might not understand it now but i show them this and explain whats happening http://www.kidsastronomy.com/solar_system.htm

    another site  http://www.manatee.k12.fl.us/sites/elementary/samoset/psgk3ex.htm

    ive not used this site yet but looks interesting http://www.neok12.com/Solar-System.htm

    various things on here to use http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/StarChild.html

     

  • usmom3
    by usmom3
    BJ
    May 28, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    You could print out pictures of the planets to color & talk about their names & where the names came from. Also you could make a model of it that is a mobile you could hang up for them to look at.

  • motheroffour186
    May 28, 2013 at 1:16 PM
    Magic School Movie
  • arwalters
    May 28, 2013 at 3:20 PM
    Thank y'all so much, really great ideas! I'm excited to get started :)
  • usmom3
    by usmom3
    BJ
    May 29, 2013 at 1:10 PM


    Free solar system worksheets printable & activities

    I came across this today & thought you might like it.

  • QueenAtargatis
    May 29, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    I just finished pooling a bunch of resources for learning about the solar system/outer space. Here's some stuff:

    You can find free space nomenclature cards online to print. (I dont have a link, but you can google it.)

    You can make all sorts of models/art prjects depicting the planets out of almost anything. Make mobiles, play with clay, draw/paint, etc.

    Solar system hopscotch - draw the planet line up with chalk on the sidewalk/driveway. Ask kids trivia questions - if they get them right they get to hop to the next planet. First one to the sun wins!

    Google a printable "planet roll call" poem/song. It's cute.

    The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System  - there's a book and a movie - you can watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh9SHUh42GY

    Online games:

    http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/solar_system_level1/solar_system.html

    http://www.kidsastronomy.com/fun/index.htm

    http://spaceplace.nasa.gov


    Space Sounds: http://spacesounds.com


    I used pinterest, teacherspayteachers.com, and other places to get a bunch of free printables, activity instructions, etc. Good luck!

  • hipmomto3
    May 29, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    We made solar system cookies (sugar cookies) to scale. Earth, Mars, etc are quite small - about 1" - and cook really fast! The gas giants are considerably larger. I got the idea from a homeschooling magazine at the library. You can't make a sun but you can talk about how big it'd have to be (ours was as big as our dining room). We also frosted/decorated them with candies and laid them all out on black plastic. We made an asteroid belt from Nerds candies.

    We also sing the Blue's Clues song - probably on Youtube ("Oh the sun's a hot star/Mercury's hot too/Venus is the brightest planet/And earth's home to me and you...")

  • hipmomto3
    May 29, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Ah, I found a blog post I did on it 2 years ago about the cookies - 

    http://olivecraver.blogspot.com/2011/08/solar-system.html

  • Leissaintexas
    May 29, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Back when my middle one was little, we loved the Blues Clues song about the planets. Very catchy, and to this day I remember most of the words LOL!

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