I am obsessed with all things relating to the sky: the moon, sunrises and sunsets, clouds, airplanes and of course outer space. I have enjoyed being able to share that love with my two boys. The past couple of months, I have been teaching Carter all about the solar system using My First Report: Solar System by Hewitt Homeschooling Resources.
This resource is a 58 page unit study designed to help your child learn all about the solar system while writing reports. There is so much information in this unit study. It really is packed full of information. We had not talked in depth about the solar system yet so this was a great place to start. The resource came printed on high quality paper and I punched holes in it to add it to a notebook. I was also sent two other resources: My First Report: Bugs and Worms and My First Report: Famous People. We haven’t started on these yet but I will definitely be using them for the next school year. I now have a notebook with 3 awesome unit study’s from Hewitt Homeschooling Resources. YAY!
This study about the solar system includes ideas and resources in the following areas: art, music, language, reading, math, social studies/history, science/health, P.E., Bible, and even field trips you can go on to learn more. Every subject is covered and there are many chances for your child to practice their writing. That is the first part of this study we completed. Carter used one of the bible verses and did some copywork!
I tried to do at least one activity from each category so that we were able to get a good picture of this resource. Carter enjoyed learning some of the new vocabulary words which is easily found on the full sheet of words and their definitions. We also enjoyed listening to some of the songs that listed as ways to enhance your learning.
I think his favorite thing was filling out the chart all about the planets, sun and moon! As you can see below, the chart has all the planets listed and you’re supposed to research to find the answers to fill in the chart. The categories include: Color, Surface Gravity, Miles from Sun, Diameter, Rotation in Earth Days, Orbit Around the Sun, Moons and Tilt of Axis. Carter really enjoyed learning about the orbits around the moon for each planet and I thought it was cool to learn about the number of moons each planet has. Did you know Jupiter has 79 moons?? This week, there were times where some of Jupiters moons were visible using binoculars. This event tied in perfectly with our report of the solar system!
This unit study is such a great resource to add to your school days. We barely scratched the surface of all the activities we can do to expand his knowledge about the solar system. I’m really excited to get into the two gifted unit study’s in the fall!
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