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Home School Life Journal ........... painting by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

Winter Wednesday: Winter Sky

2/2/09
"There it is. Can you see it? The North Sta is at the tip of the handle of the Little Dipper. The handle is pointing down...

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...In January it looks like the North Star is the nail that it is hung upon...

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...Now look a bit to the right of the North ta and  you will find the Big Dippe. It looks like it is standing up on its handl. Some say one dipper is pouring into the other." -A Pocket Full of Pinecones, Karen Androlea
Have you ever noticed that the colder the night is, the clearer the stars are? Winter nights are wonderful for clear stargazing. Two years ago, to make stargazing easier for my young ones, I prepared them by teaching them what to look for while we were inside all snug and warm. We sketched the two dippers and the patterns of stars that make them up. The Big Dipper is one of the most easily recognizable groups of stars in the sky, being circumpolar (never setting below the horizon) and therefore visible in northern skies year-round. (Lesson 224 in Handbook of Nature Study). The sky was clear of clouds, I bundled them up to find them in the night sky and I also tempted them with the promise of hot cocoa once we found them.


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Steven points out some stars.

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They found the two Dippers, and the North Star. Katie also found and showed us Cassiopeia. We will study this constellation (HNS, lesson 225) as well this week and draw this in their nature journals.

Another constellations to look in the winter sky is Orion (HNS, lesson 226). "Orion is one of the most beautiful constellations in the heavens. It is especially marked by the three stars which form Orion's belt, and the line of stars below the belt which form the sword."- Handbook of Nature Study page 825




"If you can’t fit in some night time star gazing, how about some sunset observations? You could also look for the moon as well as stars and write about it in your nature journal. Being able to name a star or constellation is a great skill but it can be just as satisfying to spend some time contemplating the universe while gazing at the stars." -Handbook of Nature Study blog


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We often look at the moon at night, especially when it is full. Three years ago Katie and Sam spent two hours viewing a lunar eclipse. They would come in to get warm and then go back out again. They were totally awed by it.
In August 2009, we bought a Gallileoscope kit and Steven put it together, showing the boys the parts and how they went together to make the telescope.


8/29/09
In the summer, we sometimes we make a party of it and make s'mores and star gaze this way.


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Or we get out the Gallileoscope.

But we also steal outside for a few minutes at times during the winter too to see the moon.

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inspiration:

3 comments:

  1. I love stargazing...and my FAVORITE constellation is Orion. I really need to promote this with my kiddos...thank you for the inspiration!

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  2. We've had some terrific, clear skies this year, and have really enjoyed star, moon, and planet gazing. So far we've been using a hunting scope, off a rifle, but one of these days we're going to get a telescope, and do it right!

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  3. We are enjoying our night time activities as well. You have included some really great ideas in this entry.

    Thank you so much for sharing your link.

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