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Our Universe through the Eyes of your Child(ren)

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Sometimes as a parent, nostalgia takes over, and the ambitions of our youth that may not have been fully realized can come back with a vengence over our children's activities. Especially with learning the stars, as an entry point to science and discovering, something always good to give our children for their futures. With that in mind, let it not be a flat text book attack, where it looks like a two hundred level college course, unless your 'child' is in said two hundred level curriculum at college. So once your down there, in your dim backyard, or that far off remote viewing place, we can now show them the wonders of the macrocosm through the telescope or binoculars in all it's majestic wonder. This is where we are going with this article on the macrocosm and we hope you can reach that degree of amazement as your kids might. It's actually not a big leap from play to finding for kids when it comes to finding about the natural world, science and astronomy. Exploration is a physical part of being a child and growing up in a interesting world and cosmos. Taking that as a jumping off point, if we can ingrain or focus that physical mental energy towards something as wonderful, and perhaps powerful to our future's as astronomy, we have done a grand thing for our kids. So with a few simple household unit activities, we can instill that passion of astronomy in our offspring. Here are some themes :
* Make star gazing piece of home life. You already passion to go out-of-doors as oft as possible to enjoy the stars. So donít let that be your private passion. Get everybody into the act. The kids will passion it and look forward to those nighttimes as much as going to the circus.
* Bring back the good old days- recite your personal experiences from your personal childhood. Lay down in the grass and just look out upon the dark sky, show your young ones a constellation or two. perhaps even try to get them to calculate the stars, then they can pass that one along to their own kids.
* Grab those old binoculars, they can assist, Especially for smaller hands, in viewing easilly identifiable celestial bodies.
* If you keep up with going out, your tykes will become hooked and be learning without even knowing it. They will go forward with their learning, while it still a game or just simple fun for them. As they progress from picking up the Moon and it's location, to other familiar constellations they will want to find more and more they can identify.
* Keeping up with all this exhilaration will be rewarding on it's own merit. Think about the first time your child tells you that reddish star is not a star at all but Mars. Or when they can tell you the phases of the Moon or the position of Orion on a dark night in November.
* Bringing this exhilaration and joy forward will only grow as your little ones do. Think about the time you saw Haley's Comet, an almost once in a lifetime occurance. Or how about an Eclipse, remember your special equipment though, or any other number of one shot chance events, it could be as big as any Birthday or possibly even Christmas.

The creation, as is seen by your youngsters will bring you all together like no other household events. This joy will go with you all for the rest of your days, and for the tykes this may be the foot in the door to new discoveries and a life long adventure in astronomy.


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