This is the long promised continuation of how we covered constellations in our co-op. Pictures had been taken, links found and saved, all awaiting compilation into a series for others’ benefit. Our group is made of of those following a Charlotte Mason style of schooling, unschoolers, and a more traditional “we are taking a break from public school for a year to work on weak areas” schoolers. So how is it we all get along? With manners and understanding. It may also help to know that autism, ADHD, “lovers of life”, and other such ways of thinking are more often than not present in our kids. This may also help explain the selection of resources used. Each week the topic would be given, links sent out, and the kids could do as much or as little as they liked. Once together we would compare pictures, talk about what we learned, read a short story about the constellation, etc. There was no right or wrong way of doing this.
The unschoolers loved the topic and would delve deep into it, utilizing all the links sent to them. The CM ones appreciated the audio versions as dyslexia and other comprehension struggles appeared in their kids. And the traditional schoolers were able to have a worksheet to follow or work from…or skip completely and gain what they learned in the group. We are all aware that we teach a bit different than each other but also know we/our kids can learn from others things we may not have thought to present or share.
Our informal co-op is still meeting via modern technology, conducting such activities as foreign language lessons, Bulfinch’s Age of Fable, group reading of a Shakespearian play, listening to one of Plutarch’s lives, astronomy, poetry, and picture study. I know it sounds like a lot but in reality takes us about two hours. Two hours of focus and discussion and jokes and laughter and being kids. By the end most are ready for a brain break.
This past week’s astronomy looked like this:
The constellation were made by printing off the dot to dot pages here, using a hole punch on each dot, then using a wax based crayon to draw them on thick paper. Using water colors you can then color over top of them, mixing colors as you wish, then labeling the constellation.
This week for astronomy the constellations are Orion and Perseus. For extra printables, worksheets, information the links below are good places to start. Both of these also have pictures in the Dover constellation coloring book.
word search puzzle – https://wordmint.com/public_puzzles/502940
This site is from a school out of IL, it has sky maps showing what the night sky looks like at different season. They also have a few video, articles, and links telling you the current visible planets, phase of the moon, and eclipses. http://planetarium.ipsd.org/Subpage.aspx?id=282