Not only am I a homeschooling mom but my family also harbors a deep passion for astronomy and we take every opportunity to expose our girls to the wonders and beauty of our universe. So when I saw the cover and track titles of this music CD my heart soared and I knew I wanted to give it a try.
La Bella Stella is the fifth release in the critically-acclaimed Celebrate Earth series from Recess Music. Other titles include:
La Bella Stella takes kids (and parents!) on an entertaining AND educating journey to the edge of our solar system and beyond. The songs are not only catchy and fun but informative and it brings some big concepts (like gravity) and makes them understandable for children.
La Bella Stella proves a wonderful springboard for further scientific discussion and could easily be made the centerpiece of a mini-unit on astronomy for young children.
Here are some supplemental resources you can add to your La Bella Stella experience:
- Oreo Cookie Moon Phase Project – easily explain the concept of the phases of the moon with this educational and yummy cookie project.
- Star Walks – enjoy the night sky and contemplate the cosmos as a family with routine star walks. Done regularly, you can chart the movement of the earth across the sky.
- Build Your Own Cosmic Tower Activity – A hands-on presentation depicting the concept of a space being contained in a bigger space. We started with an atom and worked our way up to the universe.
- Universe Timeline – a fun-to-make visual representation of the age of our universe.
- Edible Constellations – yes, you read that correctly! These treats are tasty as well as educational!
- Singing Science Songs – a collection of records produced in the 1950s and early 60s that contained songs intended to explain science concepts to young children. This website has MP3s available for FREE! I HIGHLY, HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend them! One of these albums, Space Songs, included the song “Why Does the Sun Shine?” which was later covered by They Might Be Giants. But honestly, my favorite is still the original— vintage crackly-record sound and all.
Now that you’ve got some fun ideas to incorporate, feel free to enter my giveaway for a chance to win your very own copy of La Bella Stella! (Please refresh your page if the widget isn’t showing.)