I teach them a mnemonic to remember the order of the Sun, Earth, and Moon.
Smelly Monsters Eat Nachos
Sun-Moon-Earth= New Moon
Smelly Elephants Make Farts (yes, I just said farts)
These phrases are silly enough for kiddos to remember (and keep talking about...) My kiddos LOVED it! They still remember it and can draw me a diagram of the moon phases. If you are freaking out right now and saying in your best British accent, "Oh my! Did she just say something about flatulence?" the answer is, yes. Now, I know we all have different kiddos and different maturity levels in our rooms. If your children can't handle a funny word... change it to "Silly Elephants Make Friends." Yippy! The world is right again. =) I'll be sticking with the first one.
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