I’ve been planning this unit since last month because I wanted to prepare ahead of time. We’ve done A LOT of space and heavenly bodies unit in the past and I wanted to upgrade the lesson, add something new for Mavi to learn. So right now, I’m sharing our Space and Heavenly Bodies Study for this year. I’m also putting a bunch of links from our previous lessons and activities for your reference. I hope you find this post helpful.
Space and Solar System
Solar System and Planets Part I
Solar System and Planets Part II
Planets and Solar System for Preschoolers
Phases of the Moon
A look at the Northern and Southern Sky
We looked into the star constellation maps seen in the northern and southern hemisphere. This is to make Mavi aware that there are stars that can be seen in the northern part of the world but not visible on the other side.
Stars and Constellations
For the details of our constellation study, click here or click the image below. The material we used here is the Fantacolor pegboard.
Space Exploration History
I made chronological cards of the space exploration history. The pictures and the fact cards were all taken and referenced from Wikipedia and Wiki Commons. Though Mavi can read this straight from the site, I wanted to have something tangible and something that we can work on, like arranging the timeline and matching it with objects.
The cards I created contains the year and a title of the major event that occurred in that year. The description is very much readable by kids though there were a few words that Mavi couldn’t pronounce well or he needed to ask me for the meaning. Such a good material to improve reading skills, spelling and vocabulary!
After which, I showed him how we can arrange the cards according to their timeline. This gives him a visual presentation of the order of events.
Aside from arranging the cards chronologically, you can also use them to match objects. Here we used Safari Toobs Space, Safari Toob Insects (fly) and Safari Toob Farm (dog).
So if you wanted to have a copy of the cards for Space History Timeline, click here for the link.
Parts of a Space Shuttle
The parts of a space shuttle is something that Mavi really looked forward to. Oh boy he was so happy that I made him another “flying object”. The first one was the Airplane Nomenclature Cards, and here’s the newest Space Shuttle Nomenclature Cards. This is based on the NASA’s space shuttle design. Using the cards, a child will learn the different parts of a space shuttle. I wrote the parts’ functions in a notebook because I was out of ink.
To get a copy of the Space Shuttle Nomenclature Cards, click here.
Now, this is something I prepared for both of the boys to play with. Xavi had his own Letter S: Star Unit study last week so it was timely that I prepared this Space Sensory Tub for the boys. Figures are from Safari Toob Space, homemade PlayDoh planets and homemade Earth felt.