During our Apologia Astronomy studies this past year and these first months we have been amazed at the incredible synchronicity of astronomy news and discoveries!
This week, while we studied stars, nebula and supernovas, BBC News reported the discovery of
I also used this opportunity to teach my 12-year-old to create her own minibooks for her Solar System Lapbook. Using MSWord, Miss.L12 opened my Minibook Master Template, copied a template, inserted and pasted images & text boxes, grouped shapes, cropped, saved and printed these minibooks ~
As it is summer here in South Africa, we went out to star gaze one night.
Using our large telescope, we all took turns to view Jupiter and the rising moon. We managed to identify several constellations, especially Orion and its major stars Rigel and Betelgeuse. We also used our famous Southern Cross and The Pointers stars to draw imaginary lines to find due south. Our Southern Star Wheel was also very handy, as were the reference books I borrowed from our local library.
(Tip: New homeschool moms, ask your local library to register you as a teacher. They then usually allow you to take out more books on block loans for longer periods than those permitted by conventional members. Registered with the library, homeschooled children may also take out extra books for the normal loan period.)
Here are your free downloads ~
- sky wheel
- Reasons to teach astronomy
Enjoy your stars and astronomy studies!