Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.
What The Sun Sees/What The Moon Sees by Nancy Tafuri is a 2-in-1 book with one side representing the Sun and other side representing the Moon. I loved the clever way the book’s design mimics the manner in which day turns into night by flipping from the Sun side to the Moon side. Simple, single sentences accompany colorful 2-page illustrations offering the view from the perspective of the Sun or Moon, which is something new for children to consider. It’s a great book to use for a Sun/Moon lesson.
Before The Lesson: Ask the child to name one thing about the Sun or Moon to better understand their knowledge base and set the tone for the lesson. Then let them know you are going to discuss some similarities and differences between the two.
Lesson Points To Cover Between The Sun and The Moon:
Historical Reference: Apollo 11 mission landed on the Moon on July 20, 1969. Two of the three astronauts (Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin) walked on the surface of the Moon.
Orbital Information: The Earth spins as the Moon orbits around it. It takes one day for the Earth to spin completely – this is how we have day and night. It is day for the portion of Earth facing the Sun. It is night for the portion of Earth facing away from the Sun. It takes four weeks for the Moon to orbit around the Earth. It takes one year for the Earth to orbit around the Sun. This might help them understand the concept of time in terms of a day, weeks and a year.
Mother Goose Rhyme: Bedtime
Brain Game: What animal/bird do we associate with the Sun? (Rooster). What animal do we associate with the Moon? (Wolf)