Grace is going to be studying astronomy for her ninth grade year. I feel kind of relieved about that, because she has been studying biology this year and it is a tough subject! Not that astronomy is easy, but I was very into astronomy as a teen, so I feel much more comfortable with it.
This is the plan I put together for her, with her help. We decided on a spine, a hands-on manual, several reading selections, and a couple of documentary series.
- Astronomy: A Self-Teaching Guide– as recommended in The Well-Trained Mind, this Wiley guide will be the spine of her study.
- Binocular Highlights: 99 Celestial Sights for Binocular Users – We already had this on hand, which is always a plus. I plan to schedule one night a week for stargazing, using this book to help. We’ll see how that goes! Staying up late isn’t exactly my cup of tea, but I think it could be a really fun year if we were able to dedicate that much time to stargazing.