I was at our schoool's Book Fair with Ben last week, sitting on the floor, reading him a clever book called The Three Little Aliens and the Big, Bad Robot. This take-off on the piggie-wolf classic features a trip around the solar system, punctuated by a big picture of all the planets. As I looked at this illustration, I started to sing the Planet Song from an episode of the Disney show "Little Einsteins" from probably seven years ago. My older son, Sam, LOVED that creative program and when Leo, Quincy, Annie and June sang about the order of the planets - to the tune of Beethoven's Fur Elise - he AND I both learned this important fact....and, honestly, when we're playing Trivial Pursuit or embarking on science projects, it is still how I remember this info today!
One hitch! You need a good memory and a slight knowledge of classical music!
Here we go:
Mercury is closest to the Sun,
Mercury is PLANET ONE.
Then, it's off to Venus, PLANET TWO,
Venus two is where we flew.
Our home planet Earth is NUMBER THREE,
Sing with me, the Earth is three.
After Earth comes Mars, it's PLANET FOUR,
Right next door is planet four.
Big Jupiter is NUMBER FIVE,
It's a short drive to SATURN SIX,
Saturn is six,
Uranus is SEVEN, it looks blue,
Neptune, EIGHT, looks that way, too!
Last in line is PLUTO, NUMBER NINE,
Last in line, is PLLUUTTOOO, NIIIIIIIINE.
Poor Pluto, since this episode - called "Galactic Goodnight" - first aired, it has been kicked out of the Planet Family...but, I left it in, out of respect to musical accuracy. Feel free to cut the last section or come up with your own ending!
Have fun learning the solar system!
Do you have any tricks for remembering educational facts?