Invite your young homeschool astronomers to view the solar eclipse coming up on Saturday, 14 October 2023, all across North America.
🔭 Homeschool Astronomy: Celestial Lessons for the Whole Year
Then felt I like some watcher of the skies
When a new planet swims into his ken.
Little homeschool astronomy lessons and easy teaching tips on stars, planets, constellations, comets, meteors, galaxies, space exploration, and more, from the River Houses Homeschool Network. Use these posts to enrich your homeschool science teaching all through the year, and add your name to our free River Houses mailing list to get more little homeschool science lessons delivered right to your mailbox every week. 😊
❡ Star bright: This Homeschool Astronomy collection also includes our special series of monthly Great Star posts that introduce you and your students to twelve of the brightest stars of the northern hemisphere night sky. 🌟
Fall is here! If you’re in the northern hemisphere, that is. If you’re in the southern hemisphere, spring is here! Happy September equinox to homeschoolers everywhere!
Get the new homeschool year off to a great start by making a new friend this month: the giant star Deneb in the constellation Cygnus the Swan, one of the brightest stars in the northern hemisphere night sky.
Our homeschool review of the educational wonders that you and your students can watch for in the northern hemisphere night sky during the month of September.
We divide the homeschool year into four three-month terms in the River Houses. Today is the first day of Cygnus Term, our fall term, named for the Great Swan of the Heavens. Cygnus Term runs from September through November.
Thank you for taking a homeschool tour of the U.S. states and the countries of the world with us over the past year! We conclude today with a special bonus: the Earth itself and the amazing Universe beyond. A new world tour for the upcoming homeschool year will begin next month!
Our explorations of stars and planets, comets and meteors, galaxies and more, are now complete for the homeschool year! What astronomical apparitions will you and your students be examining in the new homeschool year ahead?
Make one last homeschool friend for the summer: our blue-white neighbor-star Vega in the constellation Lyra the Lyre, one of the brightest stars in the northern hemisphere night sky.
“From following walls I never lift my eye, / Except at night to places in the sky / Where showers of charted meteors let fly.” (Our homeschool poem-of-the-week, from Robert Frost, for this month’s Perseid meteor shower.)
Point your homeschool students to the constellation Perseus this month for the annual Perseid meteor shower, the lovely trail of debris left behind by Comet Swift–Tuttle.
Our homeschool review of the educational wonders that you and your students can watch for in the northern hemisphere night sky during the month of August.
For this month’s anniversary of the first moon landing in 1969, why not teach your homeschool students the phases of the moon. You can even use emojis to do it!
Share some great educational resources with your homeschool students this month for the July 20th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969.
With help from your local librarians you might be able to bring some real moon rocks to your town, courtesy of NASA. It’s a homeschool project worth exploring!
Introduce your homeschool students to the ancient orange giant Arcturus in the constellation Boötes the Herdsman this month, one of the brightest stars in the northern hemisphere’s night sky, and make it their friend for life.
Our homeschool review of the educational wonders that you and your students can watch for in the northern hemisphere night sky during the month of July.
You and your students can help astronomers study the shapes and orbits of real asteroids in space, right from the comfort of your little home academy. How cool is that?
Happy birthday to the great French astronomer Charles Messier (1730–1817), who cataloged some of the most beautiful nebulae, star clusters, and galaxies in the universe — so he could ignore them.
Summer is here! If you’re in the northern hemisphere, that is. If you’re in the southern hemisphere, winter is here! Happy June solstice to homeschoolers everywhere!
Follow a live broadcast of the summer-solstice sunset and sunrise at Stonehenge, the ancient astronomical landmark in southern England.
Make the acquaintance of the young blue-white giant Spica in the constellation Virgo the Virgin this month, one of the brightest stars in the northern hemisphere sky, and make it your homeschool friend for life.
Ten multi-part masterpieces of the documentarian’s art that you and your homeschool students can watch together and discuss over the summer. (Or at any other time of year!)
Our homeschool review of the educational wonders that you and your students can watch for in the northern hemisphere night sky during the month of June.
We divide the homeschool year into four three-month terms in the River Houses. Today is the first day of Hercules Term, our summer term, named for the Great Hero of the Heavens. Hercules Term runs from June through August.
“A beauteous type of that unchanging good, / That bright eternal beacon, by whose ray / The voyager of time should shape his heedful way.” (An extra astronomical homeschool poem-of-the-week, from William Cullen Bryant, for Polaris, our Great Star for the month of May.)
Spend a few homeschool history minutes this week learning about one of the most amazing objects the ancient world ever produced: an astronomical computer called the Antikythera mechanism.
Do you have a future astronaut in your homeschool? Then why not take a few minutes this week to learn about Skylab, America’s first space station, launched on this day in 1973.