Hip Homeschool Hop ~ 9-14-10 ~ Planets

This is something new that I stumbled upon in my time spent blog jumping recently.  It is one of the things that has inspired me to work on changing the theme of blog, and adding more homeschool content to my blog.  I was thinking I could use this post each week to log something we are doing in “The Ciravola School of Excellence”.

Maybe now would be a good time to start with the name!  We are the Ciravola family.  This is our 5th year homeschooling.  When we first started my brother used to make comments about how “The Ciravola School of Excellence” should accept more students because he wanted to send his kids there!  It became the running joke, and the name that has stuck for us.  Whenever I have to fill out a form or state our school name, that is what I use.

So now that we have that out of the way, I want to share what the big excitement has been in our homeschool this week:  The Solar System.  When Chloe was first homeschooling we found an inflatable solar system and asked my mother to purchase it as a gift for her.  We clearly did not read the specs very carefully because when we opened it and blew up the sun, we were stunned to find it was 36″ in diameter!  We thought we would just hang it around her ceiling fan, but realized it was going to span the entire living room ceiling!   As you can see from the picture below it is bigger than a standard size poster board!

Hanging in the homeschool room.

This year the kids, from Chloe down to Ava, were very excited to hang the solar system up in our homeschool room.

Laying the solar system out in the correct order from the sun.

We use the acronym:

My – Mercury

Very – Venus

Excellent – Earth

Mother – Mars

Just – Jupiter

Sent – Saturn

Us – Uranus

Nickles – Neptune

It used to be Nine Pizzas at the end but since Pluto has been demoted from it’s planet status, we changed it to Nickles.  Ava now has Pluto ( the non-planet) hanging in her room.  She calls it her own planet!