This book is a teachers’ guide which presents supporting material plus three series
of structured teaching activities designed to introduce some basic notions and to
acquaint young children with phenomena relating primarily to our solar system. For
the teacher who makes use of it, this book provides helpful knowledge concerning
the content, organisation and implementation of the teaching activities that can
be used in schools and will improve the effectiveness of early-years teaching in
this domain. Used with the accompanying videos, this book can be a valuable tool
for pre-primary and early-elementary teachers who want to introduce their pupils
to topics relating to the planetary system our earth belongs to and encourage them
to explore and approach their questions in a scientific manner, both in the classroom
The book was developed in collaboration with the six early-years teachers of our
work group: F.Sarigiannidou, M. Homata, P. Patinioti, F. Fista, E. Tsirona, and E.
Related article: Kallery, M. (2011). Astronomical Concepts and Events Awareness
for Young Children. International Journal of Science Education, Vol. 33, No 3, pp
341-369. (Download .pdf)
Approaching “Space” in Preschool and Early Elementary Education.