Today when I was teaching my son “The Solar System”, I suddenly went in a flashback remembering how we used to study this topic. As students we were also thrilled and excited about the outer world, the planets, the stars, the satellites and what not. The little astronauts in all of us suddenly gets enthusiastic when it comes to “the solar system”.
As expected, my son also had a lot of questions associated with it. One thing that bothered him the most was, how will he be able to learn the names of planets in the correct order. It isn’t that simple to remember what comes after what.
When I was a child, my geography teacher wrote a sentence on the blackboard while teaching this topic. I don’t know what it is called but the sentence is still fresh in my mind.
It goes like this – “My Very Educated Mother Just Showed Us Nine Planets,”where the first letter of each word corresponds to the name of a planet.
M is for Mercury, V is for Venus, E is for Earth, M is for Mars, J is for Jupiter, S is for Saturn, U is for Uranus, N is for Neptune and P is for Pluto. So, the correct sequence that we get is Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.
“Hold on!! There is a problem. Pluto is not a planet anymore mom” said my son and he was correct. Pluto is not a planet, it is a dwarf planet. You should always keep updating yourself when it comes to Science and Technology. Things change drastically. Anyways, now my “one liner”, the sentence that was given by my geography teacher wasn’t appropriate today.
Now we need a modified “one liner” for Planets. As usual, Google was my rescue and I found this on the internet -“My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Noodles.” Pluto removed, problem solved.
My little one was convinced with this and he jotted down in his notebook so that he remembers it. It didn’t happen today. It happens almost everyday when I teach my kids, I learn something new and the most importantly I relive my childhood.
Share your instances where you recalled your childhood memories. It feels so good and so fresh.