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Outer Space Crafts, Activities, and More!

Outer Space Crafts, Activities, and More!

Pin It Who hasn’t gazed up at the stars and wondered about the universe beyond our own planet? Looking at the night sky has the added attraction of staying up late–a sure-fire way to sneak in a little learning with children. For outer space week of the Smart Summer Challenge*, we saw plenty of out of this world ideas! Here are some of the outer space crafts and activities my family did: Pin It Constellation Pictures Pin It Outer Space Songs for … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages

Constellations: Stars in Your Eyes and in the Skies

Constellations: Stars in Your Eyes and in the Skies

As far back as we know, people have looked at the night skies and seen pictures in the stars. Before modern navigation technology, it was essential for ship’s captains to know their stars.  Now, it is still a lot of fun to find the constellations in the night sky. Pin It This simple activity is a fun way to learn more about the constellations. Materials an image of the stars in a constellation (We used the constellation connect the … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, History and Culture, Mathematics, Science, Smart Summer Challenge

Outer Space Songs for Preschool through Elementary School

Outer Space Songs for Preschool through Elementary School

Pin It We like to sing songs as we learn. Audio cues have always helped me remember information and it seems to work well with my children, as well. Here are a few songs about the planets in our solar system. Please note these are not my original lyrics. I have found them at several different places on the Internet without a listed author. If you wrote any of these (or know who did), please … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1-2 (Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, Musical, Science, Smart Summer Challenge, Songs

The Sun, Earth, and Moon

The Sun, Earth, and Moon

Pin It I do a brief demonstration with my kids of how the earth rotates on its axis to create night and day, how the Earth orbits the sun over the course of the year, and how the moon orbits the Earth, creating the phases of the moon. Pin It My youngest son got to be the Sun, since babies are at the center of attention and he did not need to move for this role. Sometimes, I use … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Bodily-kinesthetic, Featured, Science, Smart Summer Challenge, Visual-Spacial

6 Free iPhone Apps to Get Tiny Techies Learning Outdoors

6 Free iPhone Apps to Get Tiny Techies Learning Outdoors

Pin It My family and I head outdoors at every possible opportunity. A big part of my educational philosophy is that learning best occurs with a genuine physical connection to the material. And nature is like a giant laboratory where children can use all of their sense to explore, ask questions, and perform experiments. My husband, an Eagle Scout, is a natural outdoorsman. I also love just wandering around a beach or forest path to … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Ecology, Featured, Science, Spring, Summer