In honor of my first published children's book about the moon and in honor of my love for homeschooling science, I would like to share some moon resources that I hope you may find helpful in your own homeschooling journey.
My favorite science curriculum is Apologia. The first book I used in the elementary series was Exploring Creation with Astronomy. Out of the 14 lessons, only one is about the moon, but if you are looking for an entire astronomy curriculum, I'd recommend this one if your teaching/learning approach is more reading and notebooking than hands on activities. However, there are always activities and a project at the end of each lesson. If you'd like more details about this particular book, you can read the review I wrote for The Old Schoolhouse years ago. The book has actually been updated, and you can view the 2nd edition on the apologia website. I have used all 7 of the books in The Young Explorers series, all of the middle school books, and a couple of the high school books, :)
The following links are for the first edition book:
* I provided a couple of links for the notebooking journals. These were not available when we went through this book, but I have used notebooking journals for a couple of the other Apologia elementary science books. I really like them, but my kids prefer to use their own notebooks for taking notes and answering questions. All kids are different, though - I think I would have liked the notebooks as a kid since I like pictures, premade fill-in pages, and fun activities like crossword puzzles and stuff. ;) Some of it could be seen as unnecessary "busy work."
1. Make a cookie moon phase treat to eat!
Here are some other activities I found on the web that I thought were really neat:
2. Make a Button Moon Collage
3. Record nightly observations of the moon with this free printable. (My kids have done this in the past even though we didn't use this exact printable. Wish I'd had it then - I hand drew mine!)
4. Create your own glittery moon rocks.
5. Make a Phases of the Moon Flip Book.
6. Eat a Moon Space Snack.
7. Have fun with a Goodnight Moon Sorting Activity
1. Of course I have to recommend mine: Mysterious Moon! :)
2. Other children's books: (Since others have already put in the hard work of putting lists together, and since it's been a while since I've read picture books to my kids, I am referring to other people's links:
- Top 10 Must Read Moon Books from Chalk In My Pocket
- Books About the Moon from Fantastic Fun and Learning
- The Best Books About the Moon from Natural Beach Living
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