Preschool Science: More on the Moon

Last week I posted about studying the moon in Alpha Omega Horizons preschool. We are still wrapping up study on the moon, and I thought it interesting to point out that right away we went from a fuzzy grasp of the concept of “half of something” to a solid understanding as soon as we looked at half of a moon.

As we have been notating the weather on our calendar, we added a little sketch of the stage of the moon (helpful if you have a calendar that has one on it already). My little preschooler saw a half of a moon on the paper then ran to the window to report that is what he saw!  Lightbulb on!

It marks the beginning of an understanding of fractions, something I am not starting to teach deliberately, but which we will start to introduce as we run across it: “Can you eat half this pizza?” “Share half of your cookie with your brother”, etc.

He also right away grasped the concepts of crescent moons and waxing and waning, which we try to use in ordinary speak if possible. Although that’s a tricky one. Try it..

A fun activity we did at Alpha Omega’s prescription was to draw a picture of a suitcase of things to be taken on a trip to the moon. What a great imaginative activity!

Here is what my little guy packed for the moon:

We have:

  • an apple to eat
  • some grapes
  • his puppy to sleep with, and his brother’s bunny
  • a tent so he can sleep on the moon
  • some track, in case he wants to play trains on the moon
  • and a juice box to drink

With suitcase in hand, we pretended to blast off in our space ship, supplemented by a youtube video showing the shuttle cockpit during launch to fuel the imagination. We flipped switches and communicated with mission control.

We flew to the moon, pretending to experience high G forces for launch and then we got out and walked around the moon, experiencing lighter G forces as we bounced along and drove our moon car.

We talked about what gravity was, and that we have 1G here, 1/6 G on the moon (more fractions!) and several Gs during launch if you are an astronaut.

And another fun thing: we ate moon lunch with crescent shaped peaches and phases of the moon sandwiches. Of course, the juice box had to be there because he had “packed” it to take to the moon!

I decided we need to incorporate more crafts in our homeschool. Anyone have any moon craft ideas? Leave a comment and spell it out for us- I’m craft-challenged!

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6 Comments

  1. Crisc February 1, 2011 at 6:21 am #

    Stopping by from the hop, fun activity!

  2. Marcia February 1, 2011 at 6:25 am #

    I love all your ideas especially the Moon phase sandwiches and crescent peaches……so cute.
    Here's an art activity to teach that the Moon orbits the Earth. You only need paper and a paper fastener…..(You can leave off the Sun for now)
    http://learningideasgradesk-8.blogspot.com/2010/12/orbitrevolve-craft.html
    Best regards,
    Marcia

  3. esther February 1, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    That's a good one! We'll do it this morning- thanks!

  4. Anne Galivan February 2, 2011 at 12:32 am #

    Wow! I am so impressed! When you do a project you really do it up right! And how cute is your son's suitcase. I loved it.

    My daughter (who I home-schooled from 1st grade through 12th grade) is a real science geek. She's planning to launch her own science website hopefully this year. She actually guest posted on my blog this week…if you get a chance you might want to check it out.

    By the way, I came over from the Hip Homeschool Hop!

  5. esther February 2, 2011 at 7:44 am #

    I checked out her post- very insightful! If she ever wants to guest post here on something in forensic science, she's welcome to contact me!

  6. Upstatemamma February 3, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

    Oh that sounds so fun!! I am totally craft challenged as well. I tend to avoid crafts at all cost. :) I want to be better about that because my girls are getting into the age where crafts are super cool.

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