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Apologia Exploring Creation with Astronomy Supplemental Materials

these Apologia Exploring Creation with Astronomy Supplemental materials are centered around bringing an even stronger hands-on approach to this great curriculum.  Astronomy can be introduced as early as preschool … so it’s never too early to talk about Astronomy  We loved Apologia Exploring Creation with Astronomy!  It was one of our first studies after I brought the boys home from the Montessori school to homeschool.  I was scared to death about homeschooling but had heard such fabulous things about Apologia’s Science curriculum, I was sure we would love it.  And we did!  We added all the supplemental materials  that centered around the Montessori hands-on piece and made an already vibrant curriculum absolutely perfect for our homeschool.  As I have time, I will take the Apologia Astronomy supplemental resources that we used to make this curriculum more Montessori and post them all here, like I’m doing for Botany.  In the meantime, I’ll add a piece here and a piece there until I have time to work on the entire book.  

Every year, we circle back through parts of this curriculum, every time a topic is discussed or we study something that relates to astronomy.  Here lately there has been quite a bit in the news … such as the meteorite close fly-by and then the unexpected one that landed in Russia, Mars space mission, comets visible to the naked eye, etc.  So we have had our book out regularly the last few months.  

Anyway, I thought I would start with some of the basic solar system materials that are available free.  


Solar System

Solar system Cards from Enchanted Learning; Planet Cards from Montessori Mom; The Helpful Garden Also has free Nomenclature Cards for the Solar System.  This set could easily be made into three part cards.  A way to make the study of Astronomy more challenging and thought provoking is to add in Exploring planets with Blooms Taxonomy.  A great hands-on activity is painting and hanging solar systems!  Here is one of our solar systems:

Apologia Exploring Creation with Astronomy

Apologia Exploring Creation with Astronomy













Stars and Constellations

NAMC (North American Montessori Center) has the MOST beautiful Montessori Teacher albums I’ve ever seen!  I purchased both the Lower and Upper Elementary manuals.  Here is a sample from their Astronomy album for The Lifecycle of Stars.   Constellation nomenclature cards can be found at Montessori for Everyone; Here is a constellation set of cards that I think are so beautiful, I wonder how hard it would be to make?  And one last set by Nature Watch.  Here is an accordion style foldout for constellations.  Love this one too!  



Phases of the Moon is a fun study!  Here are free nomenclature cards and the control card from Etc Montessori.  The kiddos will love recreating the phases of the moon with Oreo cookies!  A SURE hit with the kiddos 🙂  


Copernicus and Ptolemy Models

The Copernicus versus the Ptolemy Model of the solar system has a great Copernicus Model to compare to the Ptolemy Model.  We did not do these as lap books, but as a control for using the planets to create the two different models.  Planets are easy to make out of felt, or you can purchase them pretty inexpensively on Etsy.  This set is BEAUTIFUL… but VERY expensive…   One set that I first saw in the Montessori Child Magazine published by Tim Seldin, and that we eventually purchased (and still have) is from Priority Montessori.  They are beautiful and sturdy!  But, expensive.



Sun Nomenclature cards can be purchased inexpensively from Montessori Print Shop and they are beautiful!  Also from Montessori for Everyone.  We actually purchased the entire CD of their works from Montessori for Everyone.  It was very affordable compared to buying them one by one and you have pretty much all the cards you have to have to teach.  We made lots more and purchased more… but we didn’t have to, we wanted to.


Layers of the Atmosphere

There are only a few places creating the Layers of the Atmosphere, and Montessori for Everyone has them for free.  


Layers of the Earth

Layers of the Earth nomenclature cards are beautiful and Cultivating Dharma has them for free!  and creating this with play-doh was one of the more memorable experiments we did!  We didn’t do this for the layers of the sun, but should have! 



Finally Types of Clouds is provided by Etc. Montessori and they are beautiful!



A way to bring in some math to the astronomy study is to calculate your My Weight on Other Planets and My Age on other Planets!

I think I have given you all I have except the Apologia Chapter’s 3 part cards.  I’ll have to pdf them because they are too large to post word documents.  I’ll try to get the loaded in the next few weeks.  

Until then… 

Note:  Items above are linked to my Amazon affiliate account.  The very small amount of money that we make from our affiliation with Amazon is used to augment our curriculum needs.  

What exactly is an Asteroid anyway?

Meteor explodes over central Russia, 500 people hurt – Yahoo! News.

Nasa Asteroid 3

Well, it appears another asteroid story is big news.  So, we need to be giving our children a refresher on asteroids (or teaching them what they are, if they do not already know).  We used Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Astronomy book with lots of Montessori Solar System Works from Montessori Etc and from Montessori for Everyone.  

Let’s start with what an asteroid is… it’s a space rock orbiting the sun.  Many were formerly short-term comets that had ice on them.  But as they flew past the sun, the ice melted and the core was left, a rock, an asteroid. Lots of folks get asteroids and meteoroids confused.  The primary difference is size.  Asteroids are larger than meteoroids (usually larger than a football field).  What are asteroids made of?  Per Apologia Astronomy, they are made material like iron, rock and carbon.  When asteroids enter our atmosphere, they begin to burn up (just like a meteoroid and comet).  And when it hits earth it is called a meteorite.  There are millions out in space!

Here are several great sites to help children understand what asteroids are:

Ask An Astronomer for kids 

Lunar Post

My children just learn a topic better if there is some hands-on aspect of the assignment.  Here are two great asteroid activities for children and one is edible 🙂  :

Edible Asteroids

Model an Asteroid

I hope this has helped you get some ideas as to how to teach your children about asteroids!  Leave a comment and link to your activities so we can see how they turned out!!!

Until next time…

NASA and Asteroid-Laying-Hens courtesy of Mark Twain

UPDATE:  NASA starts broadcasting at 1:00 CST.  They are showing images now though … here is the link:


If anyone has read much about or by Mark Twain, you know what a character he was!  Well, this NASA news made me think of one of his more colorful quotes and what he might have said about this event!

Noise proves nothing.  Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she laid an asteroid.  ~ Mark Twain

NASA Asteroid

We keep hearing about Asteroids hitting earth … but this week we have a twist to this common storyline!  No, hens are NOT laying asteroids, and No, an asteroid is not going to hit Earth (that I know of).   But something almost as spectacular is going to take place.  NASA is going to broadcast a live or near-live image of a near-Earth flyby of an Asteroid!!  “Near Earth” is relative of course, it’s still 17,200 miles away. The half-hour broadcast from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will incorporate real-time animation to show the location of the asteroid in relation to Earth, along with real-time or near real-time views of the asteroid from observatories in Australia, weather permitting. Here is a link to NASA with more information about this asteroid, NASA’s schedule and how to watch!  We will be watching here at Live and Learn Farm!

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