I have zero qualms about being the weirdo homeschooling family that goes outside barefoot at 10 p.m. just to look up at the stars and constellations or point out what planets happen to be visible.
So of course, including an astronomy homeschool curriculum for my 6 year old was the natural thing to do, right?
We own several ‘space’ related books so working with what we had (because budget is always important) as well as making a few curriculum purchases, I pulled together a comprehensive study on astronomy for my first grader.
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On our homeschool bookshelf amidst the small tin of rodent bones from a recent owl pellet dissection and random seashells and shark teeth are several Usborne titles.
What I love most about the Usborne books is that there are Usborne QuickLinks online. Entering the title of your book will bring you numerous lessons and expanded information.
We tend to go down these types of rabbit holes when an interest is piqued, so having additional relative resources are helpful.
We also had some Science Sight Word Readers from a local Facebook mom-swap group that I decided to use too. I like to read these books to my son as he’s eating breakfast or lunch or working on an art project. While the exact books we used are no longer available, similar Science readers can be found on Amazon.
I felt that to fully round out the books, I needed a full-on Astronomy Curriculum so I chose the Real Science 4 Kids, Focus on Elementary Astronomy curriculum.
All three components, the Teachers Manual, Textbook and Student Laboratory Workbook can be purchased individually or as a set on the Homeschool Science Tools website.
We also enjoy using Amanda Bennett Unit Studies on occasion, we purchased the Moon study for this school year.
A few years back I also purchased the monthly Magic School Bus Science Kit subscription from Educents
While my son was too young at the time, I squirreled each kit away to use later and now have each kit that we’ll use over the course of the next few years as we learn new things.
Both the South Carolina Museum Planetarium and the Bentley Planetarium at Tellus Science Museum feature shows that I think the family will enjoy, so those trips are on our homeschool bucket list for this year.
In addition to the books, resources, trips and hands-on activities. Plus being in the path of totality in Charleston, SC for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, we were able to kick off an out-of-this-world homeschool year!
For a more in-depth look at some of these books, watch my YouTube Astronomy Curriculum video