Every Saturday over the past homeschool year we’ve been exploring all kinds of topics in astronomy, and our explorations for 2020–2021 are now complete! We’ve made friendship with the stars, and looked at comets, planets, galaxies, meteor showers, and much more. You can revisit all our explorations right here on the archives page for our River Houses astronomy posts:
One special set within that collection features our twelve Great Stars for the homeschool year, which you can browse here:
The new 2021–2022 homeschool year begins on the first of September with Cygnus Term! Print your own copy of this coming year’s Great Star calendar on our main calendar page and follow along with us, from Deneb to Vega.
What celestial sights and astronomical apparitions will you be examining in your homeschool in the year ahead? 🔭
❡ All the star-sown sky: Teaching your students the major constellations and the names of the principal stars is one of the simplest and most enduring gifts you can give them. Our recommended backyard star guide and homeschool world atlas both contain charts of the constellations that will help you learn your way around the heavens. Find a dark-sky spot near you this month and spend some quality homeschool time with your students beneath the starry vault. ✨
❡ Star bright: If you’d like some light and easy homeschool astronomy lessons, download and print a copy of our annual River Houses Star Calendar and follow along with us month by month as we make twelve heavenly friends-for-life over the course of the year. 🌟
❡ The starry archipelagoes: For a great weekly astronomical essay, perfect for older homeschoolers, pay a visit to “The Sky This Week” from the U.S. Naval Observatory. These well-written pages, posted each Tuesday, usually focus on one or two special astronomical events or phenomena. If you have high school astronomy students, have them read these pages aloud to you each week, or ask them to study them and then narrate a summary back to you. 🌌
❡ Watchers of the skies: This is one of our regular Homeschool Astronomy posts. Add your name to our free River Houses mailing list and get great homeschool teaching ideas delivered right to your mailbox every week. 🔭