Summer Star-Gazing…A Simple Family Unit Study on Astronomy — 11 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for sharing all your time and work with this post on astronomy. It’s wonderful!!

  2. These are great ideas – Thank you for sharing! For fiction, have you checked out the book series by Stephen Hawking and his daughter, Lucy? I think there are 5 books now, beginning with George’s Secret Key to the Universe. The Wrinkle in Time series by Madeline L’Engle is another good one!

  3. I laughed when I saw the movie “Apollo 13.” I first saw that in my twenties…early ’90s and I said to my uncle who had taken me and my brother and some other kids all of whom were much younger then me. I said “I wonder if they survive?” or something similar. He replied “you mean you don’t know how this ends?” That’s how I learned that there really had been an Apollo 13, and this really had happened! I laugh now because I wasn’t born when that happened!

    I hope you all have great fun learning about space. The International Space Station is very interesting. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield wrote a book called “An Astronauts Guide to Life on Earth.” You (yourself) might want to read it before you use it with your kids. It’s a great book that teaches many great life lessons but it does very frankly talk about the disasters that have happened throughout the space program, what happens when an astronaut dies, the planning they do before going to space in case they die etc. I really enjoyed it because it challenges why we live as we do. Gives excellent life lessons and teaches you about life on the ISS. Chris Hadfield was the first Canadian to command the Space Station. He wrote a song that was sung by students all across Canada on Music Monday with him singing from space called “ISS or “Is Somebody Singing?” You can find it and many other videos he made for and with students while on the ISS on YouTube, I believe.

    • Thanks for stopping by! I love these unit studies because even my husband and I learn stuff the whole time–yes, some things are better read first so we can convey them the right way to the kids level. I’m constantly astounded by how much cool information you can find for free on YouTube! We’ve also caught some really neat stuff live stream from NASA by following them on Twitter.

  4. We recently moved and you can see so many more stars. Looking forward to some summer stargazing with the family this summer and I’m so excited to try your unit study!

    • Yes, we’re lucky that we can see a lot out here too. It’s also funny that you don’t think as much about clouds at night until you’re looking for something and can’t see it because of cloudy weather. Suddenly lights and clouds at night are a big deal! 🙂

  5. Wow, that’s so thorough! I love the idea of giving each of my kids a composition book for journaling about their experiences and gluing in resources. I’m going to refer back to this over the summer! Thank you so much for sharing my solar system and universe cards! 🙂

    • Your cards were beautiful and a blessing to make available for folks! Since we’re able to work at a relaxed pace and have all summer to go through the material, it’s easy to cover a lot of information without it feeling forced or restrictive. (I also don’t mind if we end up off on a tangent as long as we’re still learning something new!)