Science - Astronomy
The oldest physical science is called astronomy. Humans have been fascinated with the night sky and its array of stars for many years. But who can blame them when the wandering planets and occasional meteor showers are just so awe-inspiring. They look like imagination came to life!
Recent discoveries of planets and their solar system make it even interesting. The new generation will surely have more to explore! But these discoveries when left to the books will not become a common field of interest. This makes it even more important to teach astronomy to children today.
Becoming a young scientist intrigues young learners so much. They are mostly at a stage were they daydream about their future life and one of them is surely becoming Stephen Hawking. It’s the reason why many kids answer “pilot” when asked about their ambition. The motivation is to reach the sky. So have the learners experiment on things they can explore about astronomy. Getting a telescope is a start!
Look for Astronomy References
There are several books like Howard Schneider's "Backyard Guide to the Night Sky" and educational videos that help children understand astronomy well. These are the types of materials that explain concepts in a real-world language that learners can easily connect with. Most of these sources have pictures and videos. Having an image helps a bit better because students now are visual learners.
Go on a Field Trip
While books and videos can display constellations, and telescope show a bit of the night sky, there is nothing really more exciting than viewing a simulation of the night sky in planetariums. These visits can even be accompanied by a lecture from an operator and a few customized pre-recorded shows.