Thursday, October 8, 2009

Thursday Showed Up Too Fast (Apologies to Space Week)

Part One:
Space Week! Still goin' on, just barely. But who needs Space Week for an excuse to study (and love) space? Not us! No, sir, we're rollerskating the rings of Saturn and penning love letters to Wernher von Braun and Yuri Gagarin year 'round. So now I'm going to put down my old copy of The Right Stuff (no joke, I just finished the part where the seven astronauts first arrived in Houston) and share some of my favorite links with you. If I've missed one of your favorites, please share!
Morehead Planetarium in Chapel Hill: One of our favorite places to go. We've seen several of the planetarium shows there, and the kids love them all. It's fun to wander around the building, some of which is beautiful and full of old paintings and statues, and other parts are very 1950s government building basement-esque. Even that's pretty great, though, because it's easier to imagine the Mercury program astronauts walking the halls on their way to celestial navigation training. (It happened here!) We're always looking for an excuse to mosey down to Chapel Hill, and this is one of the best.
HubbleSite: More than just gorgeous pictures, this site is loaded with stargazing information, podcasts, interactive thingies, crafts, and links.
Best of the Hubble Telescope: It is what it says: A round-up of the Hubble's best. Lots of lovely.
Amazing Space: HubbleSite's sister site, with lots of information and activities for educators. They have a few worksheets on the constellations that are very informative and easy to follow.
NASA: Obviously. Great, great site with videos, pictures, space news, interactive features, and a kids' club section with games and fun stuff
Raleigh Astronomy Club: Another site for the locals. Look for astronomy clubs where you live! They're great for offering stargazing sessions and classes, and are always excited to share their knowledge with curious kids and their geeky moms.
EvaDot: This site has some good podcasts on inpsiring our kids to learn and love science, invention, and exploration.
The Russian Archives give a nice little tribute to the first man in space, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.
(Speaking of Yuri, celebrate Yuri's Night every April 12!)
I Spy Space: This site has a thorough chronology of space exploration and several good articles. I especially liked the artices on Grissom and Chaffee.
Dreams of Space: Two of my favorite, favorite things in one place! Vintage children's books + space = bliss. (Also check out the blog that goes along with this site, and then go to see Space Alphabet, which someone posted on Flickr. Joy!)

Pay respect to Laika, our favorite muttnik.
Starchild: Videos and articles on space and space travel Yup, lots of Space...videos, news, forums, etc.
Astronomy (for Kids): Astronomy Magazine's kid section, with videos and articles on observation, nativation, and the solar system.

This is just the beginning! Stay tuned, my little star sailors, for part two, coming (hopefully!) very soon.


Amanda said...

I like this site:
Also, of course, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Tee hee.

Sara Padrusch said...

I've just been reading through your blog- such awesomeness! I just started homeschooling my ten year old and my seven year old's last day was today. No more rote memorization and standardized tests!