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The moon is the brightest thing in our night sky. It's wonderful to watch it grow larger or smaller every night over a month. Amazingly the moon has no light of its own. What we see is reflected light from the sun. The moon appears bigger or smaller depending on the angle of the moon to the sun.
The moon travels around the earth once every 27.3 days - nearly a month - and also revolves on its own axis over the same period. This means that we only ever see one side of the moon. The moon's gravity has a big influence on our earth, especially on sea levels and tides. Get ten facts about the moon from National Geographic Kids here, and read more facts about our earth's moon here on Kids Astronomy website. Find out when your next full moon is here.
The moon is 384,400 km or 238,855 miles from earth. It's amazing to think that the first man who stepped on the moon was Neil Armstrong in July 1969.
Writing is like a muscle – the more your child practises it the stronger their writing ability will become. Your child is also more likely to write about things they like or are interested in – writing is a way to express yourself and using writing in this way can be more meaningful to a child. Word searches and crosswords can help with pattern recognition and spelling, and help build vocabulary and spelling.
Give your child lots of opportunities to write - notes, birthday cards, emails or text messages. Encourage your child to make and write their own books about something they are interested in, for example, cars, dinosaurs, fairies or dogs. They can draw or stick in their own pictures.
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