Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.
Space, Our Solar System and the Sun's Birthday Party With the Planets
Learn About Our Solar System Along With a Birthday Party
Learning about space is always a popular subject with children. Picture books about space and our solar system are a great tool to introduce the subject of space to young children. Jan Carr's Star of the Party is a great choice to present the topic of space to young readers. Fun facts for learning about space and our solar system along with the idea of a birthday party for the sun will engage young children in educational concepts to learn about our solar system.
The planets want to have a birthday party for the sun. All of the planets have a favorite fact that they love about the sun. Earth loves the sun for providing warmth. Mercury appreciates the fact that it is the closest planet to the sun. How old is the sun? How about that fact that the sun is 4.6 billion years old! All of the planets get together to plan a birthday party for the sun. They decide that just the planets in the solar system should be invited. They almost decide not to invite Pluto because they think that Pluto is too small to come to the party. They decide that Pluto can be invited and sit at the kids' table. They have to decide how many moons to invite. Each planet except Mercury has moons. Place cards are made and it is almost time for the party. How about a birthday present? A mysterious voice interrupts the party. The sun enjoys the birthday bash and the party was a huge success.
There is a wealth of facts about the solar system and space. The story also offers a wealth of vocabulary that comes along with learning about space. Juana Medina contributed her talent as an illustrator to create colorful and cartoon-like illustrations of all of the planets and the entire solar system. A comprehensive list of websites that children can visit to learn about space is included in the text.
Jan Carr's Star of the Party was published by Crown Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin/Random House. It is recommended for ages 5-9 and has an ISBN of 978-1-5247-7312-0.
Colorful and Cartoon-Like Illustrations Introduce Our Solar System
Bring the Star of the Party Into Your Classroom or Homeschool Library
Picture books for young children were always my go-to tool for my early childhood classroom when I introduced a subject to my young students. Learning about space was always a popular subject with my young students and I sometimes carried this subject through several months of teaching. Jan Carr's Star of the Party has a wealth of facts for learning about the solar system and this subject could engage young children for several months with creative activities after reading.
*Read Star of the Party in a story time session. You might want to read the story several times through the year as you introduce each planet in our solar system.
*Call attention to the list of planets at the beginning of the book. It is a good idea to take one planet at a time to learn fun facts about each planet.
*Introduce vocabulary words about our solar system as you prepare your curriculum.
*Provide crayons, markers, and paper for children to create their own birthday party invitations for the sun's birthday. They can also create their own place cards for the party. Party hats can also be created.
*Invite each child to choose which planet that they would like to be for the party.
*Creating the solar system with a variety of styrofoam balls, toothpicks, paint, and construction paper to create rings for the planet Saturn is a class project that adds to the fun of learning about our solar system.
*Have a class party for the sun at the end of learning about our solar system. Provide snacks similar to snacks that an astronaut would take into space . Dried fruits, dried meat pieces, and powdered drinks in plastic sandwich bags introduce the concept of what types of food that astronauts take into space.
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