We had our first day of Astronomy today! We’re using the Apologia curriculum.
At first, I had Caleb try to read the text but there were so many words he didn’t know and the baby was so fussy that I ended up just reading it to him. By the time I was done, he was so fidgety I had to send him out in the yard to run around and ride his bike. He came back in after about 15 minutes and we finished the lesson plan. Another awesomeness benefit of homeschooling! Recess on the fly!
One of the activities was to memorize a mnemonic for the planets. The book provides one but I thought it would be more fun to make our own. I also thought Caleb would be more willing to learn it this way. Here’s what we came up with:
We included Pluto. If it was good enough to be considered a planet when I was a kid, it’s good enough now.
The kids are getting a little stir crazy from not going anywhere for two days so I let them have some balloon play. I think I’ll try to take them all to the gym tomorrow.