I love astronomy. I miss looking up at the Kansas sky filled with twinkling stars on clear nights. Something about being so far from a large city. I have so many fond memories of my time there. We received The Book of Astronomy Set from Memoria Press to review. It will take us a long time to get through this one with my oldest but it has opened a lot of doors for us.
This one is slow going with my ADHD child. I have to spice it up with a lot of extra fun learning stuff to pull it together and look up the Myths because we do not have the D’Aulaires Greek Myths book. This book was said to be a good companion but not necessary to use the Book of Astronomy. Nope, nope, nope, it is most definitely a necessity. It is also a challenge to obtain. Similar to the reading guides from Memoria Press learn from my mistake and order the book on the site when ordering your program. If you don’t order D’Aulaires Greek Myths you will have to prepare to become good friends with google.
This program went so much more in-depth than the astronomy class I took in an actual planetarium. This one does not miss a thing and can make for a great tool for ensuring your child has a comprehensive education on Astronomy. I recommend a telescope, some art projects, and maybe even a trip to the local planetarium to make this program a bit more fun and hands on for 3rd graders. If using this with an older child you may not need much supplementing.
TheBook of Astronomy covers each of the Zodiac constellations, each of the Major Constellations, and the entire solar system within 4 units. Your child will learn about the magnitudes and brightness of stars and the 15 brightest stars that can be used to find the constellations in the night sky.
I love how this has a section for each season so you can teach your child and step outside without looking for something you can not see during time of year you are studying.
Memoria Press uses a classical education style that is great for your college bound student. While it may not be hands on it’s own it is a great tool for helping my ADHD child learn to use the classical education style she will need in college. Now she is growing past the “Early education” point in her life I have to consider her growing needs and this program is a great way to slowly incorporate that in her schooling. They grow so fast don’t they?