Living in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex does not offer too many opportunities for star gazing. I often wonder what it was like for those wise men of the Bible that studied the stars and found such a great wealth of knowledge written among them.
Cultivating wonder is like allowing your kids to chase the rabbit down the hole as far as they'd like to go. Stars offer a great opportunity to introduce a fascinating subject that will offer a lot of great opportunities to dig deeper.
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We've been learning about stars in our Classical Conversations memory work, but it's just the basics. Over the Christmas break, we're taking the opportunity to dig a little deeper into our memory work about stars. I think it's pretty fitting to step into the shoes of wise men and follow the stars.
Start with Stars Online Unit Study
Beth at Techie Homeschool Mom has put together many great online unit studies to provide great tools and resources for studies at home. We are starting our journey of wonder with her Stars Online Unit Study.
This course offers a simple and effective way to introduce the topic of stars to your children. She includes videos to watch, websites to explore, games to play, and activities to enjoy. My girls loved making constellations out of marshmallows, photographing their creations, and making an online collage of their artwork.
We're going to follow up the Stars Online Unit Study with another of her unit studies on the Solar System. I love these because they are super informative and easy for the kids to navigate on their own.
Digging Deeper with Books about Stars
I love The Stargazer's Guide to the Night Sky first of all because it's a beautiful book. The full color photographs and illustrations are a great complement to the clear and thorough explanations of what is going on in the night sky. Dr. Lisle also walks his readers through stargazing and what tools are helpful for one who wants to learn more.
You don't have to buy any books to travel deeper into studies with your kids though. The library is a rich resource hub where you will be able to find tons of books about stars and the solar system.
Real Life Experience
There is nothing that deepens or excites a passion more than truly experiencing discovery in one's life. Take your kids to a planetarium to see the wonders of the sky laid out for them. Then plan a stargazing night with the family. Get out of town and enjoy the wonders of the sky. Use a constellation book to help you identify what you're seeing written in the stars, and then just sit in wonder together.
There is something about a big sky that humbles a person, and that is the best lesson any student can learn.
What are some of your favorite topics that cultivate wonder for your kids?
Betsy Strauss is an unexpected homeschooler, mother of three, who is in a relationship with a sweet man for life. She loves reading books, drinking coffee, and learning anything with her kids.