After reading a story about a king and his royal family, I thought that if you make the Full Moon the "king" and consider how everyone must face the king when in his presence, it would make it easier for students to learn the moon phases.This has worked very well for my students over the last few years. The phases have the lit area colored in and smiles so that students can cut out the phases and put them in order so that the smiles are always facing the "king" (Full Moon). When they have put them in the right order, they will label each phase correctly. I have also made a moon phase bracelet which is on this site. My students use it to check for correct placement of each phase.