Making Homeschool Astronomy Easy!

I just love studying space… you know… the final frontier! The place where no man has gone before… It’s so beautiful, quiet, and peaceful looking. I find the stars and planets and galaxies so amazing! Like how, in the world can you explain a black hole? So, it follows then that one of my favorite subjects to teach is astronomy. The cool thing is that now that we have so many awesome resources at our fingertips, we can pull to gether a homeschool course in this subject for FREE!

Here is just a sampling of the treasures that I found in the internet universe. (no pun intended 😉

I like to start with a study of the earth, and Google earth is awesome for that!  A good understanding of our earth and its relationship to the other planets is a great jumping off point. Viewing the amazing galaxies and star clusters and other space phenomena is what makes astronomy so interesting.  Over at worldwide telescope you’ll find everything you need to view these amazing things!
This isn’t the end of the cool stuff, because at Galaxsee you can form your own Galaxy, and if you prefer studying from a text book here’s a free astronomy hypertext, NASA’s free offering is an Astronomy 101 class that you can browse, and to put icing on the cake here are some really great astronomical images and animations that will keep you wow-ed! You can study the spelling of your planets with free spelling flashcards or teacher resources, and I have also just recently discovered a super duper app for the ipad called skyview! This you have to try! You take your ipad outside and look up at the sky and it overlays a map of the constellations and planets. You can highlight the different items you view and it will give you information about them. That’s even better than a planetarium!
Well, I hope you have a blast with these super fun resources… don’t forget to comment and let me know what you found interesting!
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2 thoughts on “Making Homeschool Astronomy Easy!

  1. Katie February 12, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    These are awesome resources, and my boys (who both love anything space related) will love these!

    Thanks so much! 😀

  2. Boyce Lionberger April 20, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Astronomy is one of the oldest sciences. Prehistoric cultures left behind astronomical artifacts such as the Egyptian monuments and Nubian monuments, and early civilizations such as the Babylonians, Greeks, Chinese, Indians, Iranians and Maya performed methodical observations of the night sky. However, the invention of the telescope was required before astronomy was able to develop into a modern science. Historically, astronomy has included disciplines as diverse as astrometry, celestial navigation, observational astronomy, and the making of calendars, but professional astronomy is nowadays often considered to be synonymous with astrophysics…

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