Homeschool Astronomy Presentation

Welcome to our homeschool astronomy presentation! I hope you are sitting comfortably and are ready for the journey of your life... This was one of my most favourite presentations! The children were about seven at the time. We had just finished Apologia Astronomy curriculum. It had given us a taste of just how exciting homeschool…

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Astronomy Unit Study: Unit 13 – Stars and the Kuiper Belt

The last post for our astronomy unit! This week we learnt all about the Stars and the Kuiper Belt. Stars and the Kuiper Belt: Reading and Note Taking I had the girls partnership read their way through the penultimate chapter: They wrote notes, trying to include all they remembered: Stars and the Kuiper Belt: Twinkling…

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Astronomy Unit Study: Unit 12 – Pluto and the Kuiper Belt

Pluto and the Kuiper Belt

Pluto and the Kuiper Belt: Reading and Writing The girls read the chapter on Pluto and the Kuiper Belt out between them in some excellent partnership reading: They did lots of copywork: Some vocabulary puzzles and a couple of mini books: Filled in their own arguments for 'Pluto: A Planet or Not?': Pluto and the…

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Astronomy Unit Study: Unit Eleven – Uranus and Neptune

We fitting the unit on Uranus and Neptune into one week, but still managed to cram it full to the brim of fun, hands-on activities. Uranus and Neptune: Partnership Reading Usually I rad the lesson out loud to the girls, but some monster head aches this week rendered that impossible. I decided the girls should…

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Astronomy Unit Study: Unit Ten – Saturn

Saturn: Reading I read the lesson about Saturn to the girls from their Apologia text book: Saturn: Writing The girls wrote some notes about Saturn after each read aloud: They also filled in a venn diagram comparing Jupiter and Saturn, as well as a small cross word: Making a Saturn Model The girls coloured in…

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Astronomy Unit Study: Unit Nine: Jupiter

Jupiter: Reading We did most of our reading from the chapter on Jupiter from the Apologia text book. However, I also found a very interesting slide show on exploring Jupiter, which the girls LOVED. And whilst not strictly reading, NASA has produced a few quick videos, such as 'Why with Nye - Mission to Jupiter'.…

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Astronomy Unit Study: Unit Eight – Space Rocks

Space Rocks: Reading We did most of our reading from the Apologia text book, the chapter on Space Rocks. This was a topic which fascinated my girls, particularly Abigail, who had great fun presenting her own hypothesis on the exploding planet! Space Rocks: Writing The girls wrote notes in their notebooking journal: Filled in a…

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Astronomy Unit Study: Unit Seven – Planet Mars

Another astronomy chapter finished. At this speed we should be finished by the year 2099. If we are really diligent. Never the less, the girls are still enjoying learning about the planets, and this lesson about our nearest planetary neighbour was particularly interesting Planet Mars: Reading Over a few morning meetings I read out the…

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Astronomy Unit Study: Unit Six – The Moon

Welcome to unit five of our astronomy studies! Lately, we have been learning all about The Moon. As before, we have been using Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Astronomy. Also, I have access to Everyday Astronomy from School House Teachers, as well as lots of bits and pieces I used with my older ones that I…

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An Activity to Illustrate the Flight Path Trajectory to the Moon

Learning About the Flight Path Trajectory to the Moon In order to send a spacecraft up to the moon one does not actually send it towards the moon.  If one did, said spacecraft would very definitely miss the moon altogether and be lost at space forever.  Instead, the Flight Path Trajectory to the Moon needs…

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A Simulation of Working in Zero-Gravity

This post explores what it might be like Working in Zero-Gravity conditions. Introduction to Working in Zero-Gravity On earth we are used to working with a gravitational force which keeps us centred and steady.  It also makes for fairly predictable results when carrying out every day activities.  Up in space is a different matter all…

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Stem Activity: Design a Lunar Landing Module

We have been finishing the moon chapter in our Apologia Astronomy book, and having waaay too much fun!  There was one activity which, thanks to Gary, expanded into a really fabulous STEM activity.  The challenge was to build a Lunar Landing Module out of junk.  I asked if Gary would mind doing it with the…

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Astronomy Unit Study: Unit Five – Planet Earth

Welcome to unit five of our astronomy studies!  Lately, we have been learning all about Planet Earth. As before, we have been using Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Astronomy. Also, I have access to Everyday Astronomy from School House Teachers, as well as lots of bits and pieces I used with my older ones that I…

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Astronomy Unit Study: Unit Four – Planet Venus

Welcome to unit four of our astronomy studies!  Lately, we have been learning all about Planet Venus. As before, we have been using Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Astronomy. Also, I have access to Everyday Astronomy from School House Teachers, as well as lots of bits and pieces I used with my older ones that I…

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Astronomy Unit Study: Unit Three – Mercury

We are on unit three of our astronomy studies and have been learning all about Mercury.  We have been using Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Astronomy. I also have access to Everyday Astronomy from School House Teachers, as well as lots of bits and pieces I used with my older ones that I have collected over…

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