In this article I’ll give you a sneak peek into one of the subjects our Home School Curriculum covers and how to introduce your kid to the wonders of space. Space is a fun subject because it is so mind blowing. It is a mystical and fantastical environment right above us at all times. Here are some space topics you can start with your child.
I like starting with the overall location of the topic so that it provides context (this is a large part of how the curriculum works and is central to every subject) for learning later on. Since this is a surface level introduction, the first item to cover is where everything is! While some of these concepts may not be immediately absorbed by your child, the exposure of the topics will help over time of learning. Don’t fret if they don’t immediately get what gravity is.
- Space is very cold!
- There is no gravity!
- There is nothing to walk on. You float in space!
- People have to wear special suits to go into space. They are called Astronauts.
- Astronauts ride a space ship up into the sky to get into space.
The Sun is something your child probably already knows about as we see it every day. It may be harder to describe without technical descriptions (understanding gas and fusion), unless you keep it simple, which I recommend.
- The Sun is bright. Don’t look directly at it!
- The Sun gives us energy and feeds plants with its light.
- The Sun is super hot. It helps keep our planet warm.
- We can see the Sun, but no one has ever been there.
- The Sun is so large, our planet orbits (floats or spins, if needing simplicity) around it.
The Moon is the next item I cover as it is likely the next item noticed (depending on how late your kid stays up). Generally when we cover this topic I will make sure the phase of the moon full and the weather is nice so we can get a great view of it while we discuss it.
- The Moon is not made of cheese! It is made of rocks.
- Like we spin around the Sun, the Moon spins around our planet.
- People have landed and walked on the Moon!
- It doesn’t have air, plants, trees, or animals, like our planet. No weather or seasons. No winter or summer!
- The Moon is much smaller than our planet.
Moving on to the rest of the objects in our solar system should be easy after having discussed the moon. Covering planets like Mars, Venus, or Mercury, might be a better and easier start since they are more similar to the Moon. Covering planets like Jupiter and Neptune might be more difficult as gas planets can be a concept hard to understand at a younger age (at first). We still cover all of them, but understand that retention might not be as good as the previous planets.
You can also cover fun items like asteroids (large rocks, some of them almost as big as our Moon), Blackholes (large black holes in space), and eventually galaxies (collections of all of the above).
In our curriculum we go more in depth depending on the age and learning level of your children. We walk you step by step through different subjects until you are comfortable with our context-based learning system and can start creating your own lesson plan content. Check it out!