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There are Nine Planets in Our Neighborhood - Hay Nueve Planetas en Nuestro Barrio

We have finally finished up our Math Block and moved on to our second Language Arts Block.  Here are a few of the last photos (forthcoming) of what we covered.

Number Nine - The visible Planets was suggested for number 7 in our curriculum, but I thought that might be a bit confusing (Sun, Moon, etc...) and since 7 had so many options, and 9 so few, I felt it best to leave the planets for 9, and at some future time (light years away) we can discuss the controversy over Pluto.

There are 9 planets in our Neighborhood! 

And Miss M.  really enjoyed the little My Very Eager Mother Just Served Us Nine Pies.  I was surprised that she really recalled it and even the names of the planets so well.  I wasn't even sure if I was going to bother with the names and order, but she really wanted to know them, and after only one telling, had them down.

For anyone interested in painting a wall with chalkboard paint, as I did, here, you will notice that it is VERY difficult to clean really well.  :-(   We are hoping to have a new chalkboard up for spring.  But, here, I finally found a nice way to divide up our space on the board to have a few things up there.  I took some hints from an actual classrooms chalkboards that someone was kind enough to post.  The vowels are those that we have covered so far and will stay up there for a while.  Then there is a scene of our current season, and under that the work of the day.


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