Studying the Planets

Studying the Planets

The other night, my youngest and I were heading home from a karate lesson. As we walked outside, we could see the moon and a bright planet in the sky. I asked him which one he thought it was, and he made a few guesses. I explained to him that it was Venus, which then led to a discussion about Mercury, Mars, and the rest of the planets. He mentioned the robots on Mars, so I chimed in with the storms on Jupiter and the icy rings around Saturn. I went to talk about Neptune and Uranus when he stopped me.

“What I’m really interested in,” he said, “are those icy rings on Saturn.”

So we’re learning more about those icy rings, as well as the rest of the planets. But mostly those icy rings.

If your child is interested in studying the planets and outer space, you can find lots of great books at the library about the subject at your child’s reading comprehension level. There are also a lot of good websites available online. Here are some resources you might try:


Eight Spinning Planets by Brian James and Russell Benfanti

Exploring the Solar System: A History with 22 Activities by Mary Kay Carson

First Space Encyclopedia by DK

National Geographic Kids First Big Book of Space by Catherine Hughes and David Aguilar

National Geographic Readers: Planets by Elizabeth Carney

Planets, Moons, and Stars: Take-Along Guide by Laura Evert and Linda Garrow

Pocket Genius: Space by DK

Scholastic True or False: Planets by Melvin and Gilda Berger

There’s No Place Like Space: All About Our Solar System (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library) by Tish Rabe and Aristides Ruiz

And if your child’s like mine:

Mighty Megaplanets: Jupiter and Saturn by David Jefferis

Saturn: The Ringed Planet by Daisy Allyn


Kid Astronomy

Planets for Kids

Science Kidz

Science Spot Astronomy

The Nine Planets Astronomy

Have you found any other great homeschooling resources for studying the planets?

Photo by NASASolarSystem

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