Apologia is a CHRISTIAN science program so, while I do explain what athiests and evolutionary worldview scientists believe and why (so that the children can defend creationism when the time comes and know what they are up against) I am not consistently RETEACHING creationism from a science text with a foundation of evolution. Having a book to keep me on track has proven invaluable for us. And Apologia isn't just a text. It has experiments, projects and many hands-on learning experiences with each new chapter.
I've been searching out supplemental resources on this lovely internet of ours and thought I would share a few links, for those of you interested.
The best site I have found so far on Astronomy for children. It has rotating 3D images (real images) of each planet and incredible information on the solar system, deep space and each planet (or dwarf planet, argh.) It has short video clips of different topics like solar wind and stars. If you go to any of the links I share, go to this one!
Real (and gorgeous!) images from the Hubble Telescope (Interesting Factoid: My Opa, among other things, helped to create one of the lens for the Hubble!).
This too, is a pretty great resource online. It has videos, projects, factoids, photos, lessons, games and experiments and not JUST for Astronomy! It covers quite a selection of topics.
A few free printables (both activity and coloring pages).
And more free printables.
And MORE printables. (Only a few are free but if you have a few bucks to spend, this site has really GREAT printables and handy information pages on each individual planet to fill out. At the very least, check them out and see if they are worth recreating.)
This little ditty had the planets memorized by the children in about 30 seconds. I do admit that there is a (or several) little voice(s) that sneaks in "PLUTO!" at the end. (Yes, we know about the dwarf planet but we kinda like Pluto anyway.) Be ye forewarned, however, once it gets in your head, it stays. For a LOOONG time.
And last but not least, you simply MUST watch this. Right now. Do it! :-)
Know of a great Astronomy resource? I'd LOVE to hear it!