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Hey, homeschoolers! I just helped my son choose general education courses he is interested in taking in college and guess what one of the options was? Astronomy! I had a fascinating conversation about studying astronomy throughout the homeschool years with Luke Gilkerson. You will want to listen in to hear more.
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Now for this week’s topic: astronomy in your homeschool.
Why should you teach it and how can you, especially if you seem to have everything working against you, study this science? My guest Luke Gilkerson and I dive into that in this episode. Luke Gilkerson and his wife Trisha are authors of multiple homeschooling and parenting books. They blog together at Intoxicated On Life. During his undergraduate program, Mr. Gilkerson worked in the university Astronomy department as a stargaze instructor. For the last several years he has taught astronomy at his local homeschool co-op and has now also enjoyed teaching over 1,000 students all over the world about the sky! You can learn more about his astronomy courses at ExperienceAstronomy.com.
Listen in to hear:
- why we should study astronomy
- whether we can study astronomy without a telescope
- the best way to study astronomy with younger kids and teens
- how to study astronomy if you live in a well-lit area
- how Christian parents can navigate the tricky connections between astronomy and astrology, mythology, and the Old Earth philosophy
- why Luke created Experience Astronomy
That’s all for this episode. Join me next time for an interview with Dr. Georgia Purdom of Answers in Genesis. Have a happy homeschool week!
Have you tried teaching astronomy in your homeschool? Let me know in the comments.