- It rises (and sets) about a half-hour to an hour later every day.
- The full moon rises with the setting sun, and the new moon sets with it. Think about it a bit, and it makes sense that the new moon would be close to the sun, whereas the full moon would be on the opposite side of the sky.
- The new moon is illuminated on the right side (your right) and grows to the left (in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway — the opposite is true in the south).
I’ve learned these things about the moon by observing it, and then checking my observations against data like that supplied by the U.S. Naval Observatory. I’d like to be sure that my boys know such things, too, by talking about what we see and hear as we go about our day. It’s especially important for us to pay such attention to our surroundings because we don’t see much of the natural world from our windows, and it’s a bit of a trek to get to and from the park or garden between the Gnome’s daily naps (though of course we do often manage it).
I wish I knew more — especially about the names of birds and their songs! What does your knowledge of the natural world include? How do you explore it with your children?