The Moon

Monday, April 2, 2012

Here’s the Moon unit we did for the past few days to go along with our Goodnight Moon Before FIAR

Read books which I borrowed a few books from the library aside from the ones we already have.


My son can now appreciate space facts, astronauts, rocket ships and planets.  Unlike the first time we had the moon unit.

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The space toob which was a gift for him was very useful during his play pretend of space and planets.


Now on serious stuff, I discussed the the position of the moon, earth and sun in space.  


Then I talked about the moon revolving around the earth and that the earth revolves around the sun.  I demonstrated this using our felt planets and he was fascinated.  He tried doing it by himself.


Then we worked on the phases of the moon.  I was very careful telling him that there’s only one moon but it looks different from time to time.  Since this topic is a bit complicated for a 3 year old, I just compared to it making faces.  Sometimes we look sad, happy or mad but we only have one face.  And with this, he started making faces as well... just funny that he was able to get the point somehow.

Here he worked on the nomenclature cards of the phases of the moon.


And using felt moons, we talked about the moon getting bigger and getting smaller.


I made him worked through the phases by positioning the moon phases as to the ones on the book.  From here, I asked him on what side does the moon gets bigger or smaller.



So everytime we’re outdoors, and he would see the moon, I love that he would describe it to me as “it’s a gibbous moon” or “it’s a crescent moon”... not just “ a moon”.    As a mom, it really makes you happy that your child digest what you have taught them :)


Over the weekend, we made a hanging moon phases and placed it on our verandah.  I cut out the shapes of the phases and my son covered it with kitchen foil.

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Here they are... the phases of the moon all in silver!


Then I put it all together and hanged them for us to look at each night :)  The camera though cannot do justice on how good it looked during the day, especially when the sun would shine on it... it sparkles!


And the silhouette looks lovely too! 


I hope you enjoyed reading  my post.  These days, I really don’t have the luxury of time to make an update so I just try to post as much photos to describe what we did.  Till next time!

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  1. Wow, The way you presented the Moon Unit to your son is just fabulous ;-) I'm so glad I found your blog through Montessori Monday ;-) I'm following your blog with pleasure. I also posted the link to your Moon post on my FB page here:

    Can't wait to see what other great lessons you are to share with the blogging world ;-)

    Warm hugs from Poland

  2. Hi, it's me again. I just forgot to invite you to our Polish edition of Montessori Monday. I would be honored ;-)

    1. Thank you, thank you! Am your new follower as well. Yup! I'll be delighted to join. Thanks again!

  3. What a great lesson!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday! I hope you will share with us again this week!

  4. I really like your moon activities!

  5. Wonderful activities, Jae! I LOVE your felt models! I featured your post and felt phases of the moon in my Montessori-Inspired Moon Unit at

  6. I love your blog, particularly the Moon Unit you described. You inspired me to make my own phases of the moon with felt. It turned out really well. My son loved it! I posted a picture of my attempt as well as a link to your blog on my facebook page: