Before our Christmas break, I introduced a song to my students to help them understand the relationship between the earth, moon and sun. I made up some picture necklaces and we are using these during our line time to sing the song and act it out. Three children at a time get up and each wears a necklace. We repeat the song until all children have had a turn to act out a part. With 20 students per session this means seven repetitions of the song. Luckily it's a short song!
Below you can see the three necklaces. If you would like to make your own you can download the Word document here.
"The earth turns around, the earth turns around. Once a day, every day, the earth turns around."
During this verse the child wearing the "Earth" necklace spins around in a circle. I have explained to the children that this rotation of the earth is what causes our day and nighttime and have demonstrated that using the globe.
The second verse is:
"The moon goes 'round the earth, the moon goes 'round the earth. Once a month, every month, the moon goes round the earth."
During this verse the child wearing the moon necklace walks around the child wearing the earth necklace. I have told the children that the moon does not make its own light, but reflects the light of the sun which is why it looks lit up.
The third verse is:
"The earth goes 'round the sun, the earth goes 'round the sun. Once a year, every year, the earth goes 'round the sun."
During this verse the child wearing the earth necklace walks around the child wearing the sun necklace. Of course Montessori children have a great frame of reference for this verse since we act it out during our birthday celebration.