This is a free course that has 2 main purposes:
- To help kids learn about the phases of the moon in a fun, interactive way.
- To show how my online courses for kids work, in the hopes that you will enjoy this course and want to explore more of my courses!
This course can be enjoyed by any child that is old enough to read independently.
*Non-reading children can also enjoy this course but keep in mind that for younger children, this course will need to be a partnership with a reader. They will need to have someone read and explain most of the course to them. A free sample course is available to help you determine appropriateness.*
You will notice that the sections of this course are set up in a non-traditional way: “Watch”, “Listen”, “Read”, “Write”, etc… Instead of sorting activities by topic or subject, I sort by experience. That is because I follow a method I call “Experience-Based Learning“. You can read about my personal approach to this idea here and here. In this way, I am aiming my learning adventures at the children’s EXPERIENCES, which is in my opinion more meaningful to the children themselves than topics or academic subjects. However, you will notice that there are still topics and academic subjects that are being covered…I just choose not to group my courses around these.
What’s included in this course:
A brief Introduction to the Moon: A short example of the kind of interactive lessons that I like to include in my e-courses. Similar to an online quiz but I often walk kids through finding the answers online and giving them more info when they get incorrect answers. In this Intro lesson I have a handful of general questions about the moon to just get things started on the topic.
A “Read” section:
This section includes book recommendations (full courses include many more books!) of recommended reading about the moon for children. It also includes a link to a website with interesting information about the moon. All sites have been screened for appropriateness.
Please note: While I have done my best to screen all online content for child appropriateness, this is the internet, and things change regularly. Children are capable of clicking on things and leaving a site to explore where they shouldn’t…I ALWAYS recommend content filters on browsers as well as supervision when working on the internet. I simply cannot guarantee all online content because of how the internet works. If you or your child ever find any questionable content, please do alert me and I will handle it quickly and appropriately.
A “Write” section:
This section includes different writing activities such as writing a myth about the phases of the moon, or an online madlibs story.
A “Watch” section:
This section of the course includes embedded videos related to learning about the phases of the moon. These are usually very short, under 10 minutes in length and high quality to engage kids’ interest. Examples include: A Moon Song and a SciShow Kids video about the phases of the moon.
A “Listen” section:
This section includes links to a couple of podcast episodes about the moon and some online audio stories for kids about the moon!
A “Play” section:
This section includes links to a few sites to play online games related to the moon.
A “Create” section:
This section includes links to true “hands-on” activities to create things such as crafts and cooking projects. Most activities also include information and videos about the background of the topic that they will be creating. For example, a moon habitat and Oreo phases of the moon!
If you have any questions contact me via my contact page.