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