Astronomy For KidsWhere can you go to get the BEST information on astronomy that teaches at a kid's level? Look no further than The Simple Homeschool. We've got a whole slew of resources at your fingertips - simply print out some stuff, download one program, and plop those kids down for one of the most FUN learning experiences of their entire lives!
Parents are often leery of teaching physical sciences because of the complexity of the issues and the thought that math is absolutely necessary to get anything out of it. While math is important if anything advanced or original is to be done, this in no way implies that concepts and theory aren't just as necessary.
Plus, there is NOTHING more fun in science than learning how the world goes 'round! It is one of the few subjects where you REALLLY get to see that "lightbulb" moment when your kids "get it" and are amazed!
What Do You Need to Study Astronomy?
It is helpful to have a few things before getting started on a Space unit Study. Don't panic - most of these are available FREE right here on The Simple Homeschool Astronomy for Kids pages!
You can get a good enough pair of binoculars at Target or Wal-Mart in the camping or sporting goods department. No need to go out and purchase an expensive pair. You will want to look for a pair that is at least 10x for best results.
A dark sky on a clear night is the most important thing when looking for starts and space objects. If you live in a bright city then a trip to a rural area will be necessary. The lights from the city will drown out the stralight and leave your kids unsatisfied.
The good thing is though, if you DO live in one of these big cities, you will also probably have a few astronomy clubs that have their own personal viewing sites away from the lights. Join one for $25 a year and not only will you have experienced people to help you with your unit study, you'll also get a place to plop down and enjoy the show!
The Next thing you will need is a Sky Map!
Links to Student Help pages:
Endothermic Reactions (Fun activity)
Exothermic Reactions (Fun Activity)
Astronomy for Kids
How to Use a Sky Map
Astronomy Unit Study/Activities
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DNA Replication Enzymes
DNA Replication Mechanism
What is Cell Biology
The Endomembrane System
Vesicles and Cellular Transport
The Plasma Membrane
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Plant Life Cycle 1
Plant Life Cycle 2
Cell Cycle Mitosis
Cell Cycle Control