Do you ever look up at the night sky in wonder? Do you know the names of the stars and constellations? Most kids don’t, and many parents don’t either, but that can all change with the Book of Astronomy Set by Memoria Press.
About the Book of Astronomy Set
Recommended for grades 3 to 5, this set includes a Teacher’s Guide as well as a Student Guide. Students will learn about constellations, the motion of the Earth, the names of the stars, and the fall and winter zodiacs, among other things.
The student workbook contains a variety of activities that can be done right in the book including linking between stars to create the constellations students are reading about as well as charts to write the names of the stars in order of brightness, for example. All pictures are in black and white.
Since many of the stars’ names are based on Greek mythological characters as well as animals and instruments, there is a fair amount of references to Greek myths. This course could nicely be combined with a study of Greek mythology for greater understanding of both mythology and astronomy.
Although it comes separately, I opted to also buy the digital Individual Lesson Plans for Astronomy ($5). These lesson plans were separated out by assignments per week for 33 weeks. There are also suggestions for ways to help students memorize the stars and other material.
How We Used the Program
PB & J Girl is only in 1st grade, so we had to dramatically slow down the program for her. This program is definitely made for upper elementary.
We used the program several times a week, but we only did a little bit at a time. For instance, learning and writing down the first five brightest stars took her a fair amount of time. For an emerging reader and writer, writing the star names, “Arcturus” or “Betelgeuse” can be quite challenging. Some days we just spent our time reviewing memorization of the stars’ names and order.
By the end of our review period, she had all 15 brightest stars memorized and could write them with some help with the more challenging star names. This program also piqued her interest in Greek mythology.
What We Liked about the Program
This is a very thorough program. While learning the 15 brightest stars in order is challenging, there are plenty of opportunities throughout the workbook to practice what students are learning, which I appreciated. All of the rewriting in the workbook makes the memorization easier. I also appreciated that there is a pronunciation guide in both the teacher’s manual and the student book.
PB & J Girl liked memorizing the star names and drawing the constellations. Now that she knows these stars’ names she wants to go out in the evenings to find them in the night sky, which is fun.
What We Disliked about the Program
There was not anything that we disliked. The only suggestions I have for improvement is that it would be nice if some of the pictures in the student book were in color instead of just black and white. Also, the program can be a bit dry sometimes, so I’d like to see some hands on activities or other activities to bring the program to life more.
Despite the material being advanced for PB & J Girl, she really enjoyed it. We decided that we’ll set it aside for a few years and then come back to the curriculum. Although this material is designated for grades 3 to 5, I’d actually be comfortable using it with 4th through 6th graders. This is a meaty program.
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