Wednesday, July 25, 2012
We had a lot of distractions during our first lesson in astronomy but we finally got through it. The boys enjoyed it and have really absorbed more than I expected them to. When you see them, ask them about Galileo and Copernicus... and natural vs artificial satelites...what constellations and stonehenge are used for Oh, and the order of the planets. They made their own mnemonic phrases to help remember that...
Mrs. Von's Evil Mother Jumped Softly Unto Nelson's Pants.
Mary Valasco Eats Many Junky Salads Under Nancy's Parrot.
Our project for the lesson was to make a model of the solar system. Rather than do construction paper or styrofoam balls (what I wanted to do but oh so pricey$$$) we did it with flannel and felt. It's actually to scale... except maybe the sun. As we learn more, we may add things like the asteroild belt and different moons.