A few weeks ago, the kids went to vacation bible school at one of the local churches. It is one we visit every year, and the kids always have a great time. The theme was "The God of the Universe." Because I just love to teach something, I decided that we'd carry the theme on at home and the discuss the planets.
I think I've mentioned that I'm a bit of an educational hoarder. So most of the time, I usually have a variety of materials already at home. So here's what we had
1. Book - My Race Into Space - This is a cute rhyming story of a little boy and his dog who would like to travel to space. They discuss everything that they'd see with characteristics of each planet.
2. Video - The Magic School bus - Space Adventures - I've always loved everything about Mrs. Frizzle and her class adventures. Science is always extra cool and exciting with her. There are actually 3 different videos on this one, but I'm actually considering purchasing the entire Magic schoolbus series.
3. Stink - Solar System Hero - Judy Moody's little brother is obsessed with Pluto and is so upset when he finds out it's not considered a planet anymore.
We used the things I had to launch our space investigations plus did some research on the Internet. Cate worked on a PowerPoint presentation as we went along. We researched one to two planets a day.
I decided to let the kids paint the different planets as we studied about them. I had some old gift boxes that were kind of damaged so I decided to make those their canvases.
I love how they turned out. For now, they're just hanging. However, I think I'm going to frame them later.