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As the new homeschool year approaches, I’ve decided to take a more structured approach to First Grade while still going at my 6 year olds’ pace and interest level while still incorporating various homeschooling methodologies near and dear to my heart, like Waldorf and Montessori.
When choosing our Science curriculum I took into consideration our families current interests and thought that Astronomy would be a great place to start.
Over the last year or so our family has been tracking planets, stars and space launches.
We often head out to see check out the night sky on a regular basis so bringing Astronomy to our homeschool was just a natural progression.
When I first started pulling together our resources, I first took into account the books that I already had in my library; including Usborne titles Look Inside Space, Astronomy, Space, and Raccoon on the Moon and added them to the “Astronomy Bin”
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.
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.
The other day we worked through two of the experiments, pictured here – the Solar System diagram and the trivia fact cards. Zach really enjoyed the hands-on learning these kits provide and was able to do a significant portion of it on his own.
One thing that I’m truly excited about this year is that when we head to Florida for vacation in December, we’ll be making a stop at Kennedy Space Center once again!
This will be the second time little man will have gone, but definitely the first time he remembers it. I’m hoping to also visit some planetariums nearby, as well.
Both the South Carolina Museum 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, being in the path of totality in Charleston, SC for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, we’re set for an out-of-this-world homeschool year!
I’m excited to jump into Astronomy in the next few days as we begin our First Grade Homeschool year, it should prove to be a fun learning experience. For a more in-depth look at some of these books, watch my YouTube Astronomy Curriculum video