Moonstruck – A Fun Way to Look at the Lunar Effect
Have you ever had “one of those days” and thought to yourself, it must be a full moon tonight? Does the Lunar cycle really influence us and our children?
While studies have shown that the full moon may have very little effect on children (other than losing 1% of their sleep during a full moon), ask any nurse who works in the emergency ward at a hospital, and they will tell you that a full moon will always bring out the strangest behaviour in the patients that pass through their doors. It is proven that there are more patients admitted to psychiatric wards during a full moon; hence the words “Lunatic “ and ”Lunacy “, and hospital administration will put more nurses on staff due to the increase in births during a full moon. These are all anecdotal examples, but on April 11, 2021, when you are knee-deep in two-year-old children running amuck during the nap time hour and you must blame it on something, then blame it on the moon.
Here are a few suggestions to help captivate the children’s imagination about the moon.
- Suggest to the parents that on April 11, take their children on an evening walk to gaze upon the moon and the night sky. Encourage the child to ask questions about what they see.
- Read books about the moon to the children and have them draw pictures of what they imagine the moon to be like.
- Teach the children about the phases of the moon, a waxing moon, a waning moon and a gibbous moon.
- Go to NASA’s Dial-a-Moon Chart at https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/details.cgi?aid=4236 and see what the surface of the moon really looks like.
A myth or a fact, the Full Moon Mystery will continue to fascinate us for generations to come.
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