Week One: Outer Space Block

Updated: Jan 13, 2021

We are kicking off the new year with an Outer Space block! I’m really excited because this is such an easy topic to do with all the kiddos at the same time! I‘m really trying to simplify our blocks by picking one topic and meeting each of my kids where they are. This makes my life and my planning so much easier.

This week we covered light, telescopes, spectroscopes, early astronomers, and the Sun. The main books I am using are Planetarium by Chris Wormell and Raman Prinja. I seriously cannot recommend this book enough it is beautiful! It is also huge (not thick, but tall), so definitely not bookshelf friendly but the size adds to the beautiful pictures. We are also using Reader’s Digest Children’s Atlas of the Universe. This is an older book, and a little outdated. I mean it still has poor Pluto listed as a full fledged planet. Even though it is outdated, it does have good activities and nice “real” pictures of space. It’s a decent book, but definitely not necessary, so don’t waste your time tracking it down. I’m pretty sure it is out of print anyway! With the older kids (10 & 11) we are using Neil Degrasse Tyson’s book Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry and I love, love, love this book! He takes seriously complicated topics and makes them understandable. I am learning just as much from this book as the kiddos. We use this as a read aloud book and the kids look forward to it everyday. The read aloud I’m doing with the twins (8) is Where is Our Solar System? By Stephanie Sabol. It is part of “The Who was” series of books. It’s a little dry but still interesting and each chapter is short enough to hold the twin’s attention. I also am using this same book as an independent reader for the older two. I ask them to do a summary page per chapter to add to their main lesson book.

We read from these books everyday, and usually do some kind of activity. This week we made rainbows in our living room, designed play-doh aliens, tried to launch a probe into space, drew beautiful orbits, made a simple model of the sun, earth and moon, and made sun catchers. It sounds like a lot but each of these activities is very simple I promise!

Each day we set aside about a half hour to work in our main lesson books. Main lesson books are a little different in our house (how we do main lesson books), but still have a lot of the Waldorf elements of a traditional main lesson book. I like to say we follow a Waldorf-lite curriculum. While the older kids work on their pages I work with the younger two theirs. Together we come up with what they want to add to each page and that becomes the day’s copy work.

We also do a bit of our “loop” subjects everyday by doing daily mental math, reading out loud and independently, we also throw in a few workbook pages here and there for language arts and spelling.

Look at that book, See what I mean, beautiful but huge!

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