Astronomy

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.

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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.

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These are some of the books we used.

We did some reading about different constellations and Mr. D drew his favorites in his main lesson book.

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We drew images of the star paths and the cycles of the moon.

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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.

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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.

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