“Teacher, why does the moon look different throughout the month? It gets big, and then it gets smaller again, why?”; “Why does the moon look the brightest on the fifteenth day of the 8th lunar month?”, etc. To answer questions such as these, the kids in Class Pooh 3, Vinschool Royal City Kindergarten - R1, discovered some of the moon’s features through a Scientific Discovery called “Moon mud”.
To begin the lesson, the teacher and the kids talked about the moon’s surface and its different appearances (phases) throughout the lunar month using pictures and videos. From this, the kids learned that there are also soils, stones, etc. on the moon and that, to become full, the moon goes through different phases including the new moon, the waxing crescent, the first quarter, the waxing gibbous, and finally the full moon. The kids confidently shared their thoughts. Thuc Anh said: “To me, the waxing crescent looks like a smile or a banana”.
As part of this activity, parents were also invited to discover the moon with their children at home through using pictures or the internet. Not only did the activity provide the children with additional knowledge, but it also improved their imagination, curiosity, and love for discoveries.
The lesson ended with happy smiles and discussions all round. Thanks to this activity, these kids figured out the answers to their questions and learned about the different phases of the moon and how things are on the moon. Moreover, the kids exercised their guessing and imagination skills. They were able to confidently show their curiosity and share their love of discovery. The kids also trained their fine motor skill through activities such as cutting the bags, pouring the powder, squeezing the bottle caps, pouring the water skillfully, kneading the mud, and giving a name to their experience. Throughout the whole activity, they needed to work together, share, and support one another within their teams.