Goodnight Moon Unit ~ Preschool Corner

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I have to say that Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown was SUCH a fun unit ~ and I really went into it with some fairly low expectations because of the simple text. We had a board book for it and I bought a paperback book for our unit since Kaleb now sees any boardbook as ‘for babies’. :)

But when all was said and done, we had a lot of fun together and could have done much more!! Here’s a look at our week. Some things are included in the the Goodnight Moon printables, but the rest were just all fun and hands-on learning.

Stamping Out Words ~ We learned the nursery rhyme Hey Diddle Diddle this week {one of the pictures in Goodnight Moon is of the cow jumping over the moon}. As he found words to the rhyme {on a separate sheet}, he used a Do-A-Dot Markers to blot them out.

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Hey Diddle Diddle! ~ We took the ‘puppets’ from the Goodnight Moon printables, stuck them on popsicle sticks and used them to act out part of the rhyme to help us learn Hey Diddle Diddle.

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Oreo Moon Phases ~ Really, just an excuse to eat Oreos, because I went through an ENTIRE bag trying to get those ‘full’ moons. The filling would not stick to one side of the cookie and they kept breaking. Needless to say, the kids were thrilled that there were lots of crumbs to eat.

The older kids did this along with us and they had the more detailed version of the moon phases and Kaleb just did five {new moon, waxing crescent, waxing half {first quarter}, waxing gibbous, full moon}. You can see a full Oreo moon phase here and download a template of the moon phases here. You can also download a file I put together to use for the ‘background’ below here ~ Oreo Sun and Earth background.

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Shapes of the Moon ~ This was an idea that I saw on Delightful Learning. We talked about four different moon shapes: crescent, half moon, gibbous, and full moon. The moon in the book is full, but it was good to look at moons in other stories as well to see if we could spot any other shapes.

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Telling Time ~ Throughout Goodnight Moon there are clocks on the mantle, on the nightstand, etc… that are showing time progressing in 10 minute increments. As we flipped through the book, Kaleb found the clocks and then set our Judy clock to the same time the clock in the book showed. We also practiced counting by 10’s up to 100.

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That’s pretty much our week summed up. How was your week?

Other helpful Goodnight Moon Links:

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~ Resources from Homeschool Share
~ Goodnight Moon Printables
~ Activities from Delightful Learning
~ Goodnight Moon counting sheet
~ Goodnight Moon coloring pages
~ Diorama of Goodnight Moon {ummm…we didn’t do this, but it is AMAZING!!!}  
~ Rising Moons {images through book}
~ Hickory Dickory sequencing

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