For the past month Mr. D and I have been studying Astronomy. Our main resources have been Charles Kovac’s Geology and Astronomy and the Astronomy block from Bearthschooling. I divided our block into three weeks. The first week was focused on the sky and the sun. I told Mr. D some myths about the sky from different civilizations and then he wrote his own myth. We then discussed the path the sun takes at the Equator and the North Pole.
Mr. D then made a sundial and spent a day charting the path of the sun in our backyard.
Week 2 was all about the stars and the moon.
We did some reading about different constellations and Mr. D drew his favorites in his main lesson book.
We drew images of the star paths and the cycles of the moon.
Week three’s focus was the planets in the solar system and ancient astronomers. Mr. D was also given the task of assembling and figuring out how to use our telescope, a gift from one of our cousins a few years ago. Unfortunately with all the rain the last couple of weeks we haven’t really got a chance to use it.
I told Mr. D some of the stories of astronomers Ptolemy, Copernicus, Brahe, Kepler and Galileo. We then plotted them on a timeline and will add them to his larger timeline that includes all of the ancient civilizations.
We had a lot of fun with this lesson block and I think Mr. D’s interest has been peaked. To round everything off we are reading George’s Secret Key To The Universe by Lucy Hawking and the two follow up books.