Your whole family might like this 30 minute virtual planetarium tour of the universe we watched online. You have to enter your email address, but she will send you lots of science videos for free.
We approached our study of space a little differently. We had access to some different types of resources and I suggested to my kids they might like to try something different for awhile. They weren’t eager to stop the notebooking pages and lapbooks, but I figured it would be nice to take a break before anyone was bored with them.
Someone had given us this textbook and my daughter chose to work from it.
She really liked using the book and doing all the assignments and the little experiments and projects and asked to keep using it.
My son did the online astronomy course at KidsAstronomy.com
There are two courses: one for ages 7-11 and one for ages 12-18. My son is 8 and is technically in third grade. He did the first one. It says do one “packet” a week. There are 8. That was way too slow. Each packet only has 4 assignments. I had my son do an assignment a day. Then each kid had to do some sort of project.
They never saw any pictures of other solar system projects. My daughter made playdough planets and made informational labels for them.
My son is gathering info on building lots of different kinds of rockets. He wants to see which he can get to fly the highest. We are leaving for America next week so he’s going to wait to build them until we can get all the materials. This coming week school will just be reading and writing about whatever you want. (See Pop Rockets)
Everyday they also used links from the Links to All Things Free for Homeschoolers blog. There are way too many to post for you here. Scroll down to Space and have fun. There are videos, crafts, activities, lessons, astronomy math for all ages, your weight on other planets, a virtual launch, build your own space mission, watch videos on how different toys react to zero gravity, enter a virtual planetarium… On the space lapbook post I posted a link to one of our favorites, the relative size of the planets. Take a look!
My kids are looking forward to being able to go to the library! It looks like we’ll be able to join a homeschool coop too. My kids have never had any other English speaking kids to play with on any regular basis. I’m really looking forward to getting them connected to others while we have this extended time in the States.
If you are a praying woman, pray for peaceful flights with the 4 kids (youngest is 2); for my pregnant body to keep up with the 14 hours in the air, standing in line, the overnight travel, the restrictions on bringing liquids with you and the dearth of food service on the flights; and that I can figure out how to pack our entire lives into 6 suitcases. 🙂
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