My nine-year-old son is obsessed with science, he loves everything from anatomy to astronomy. When we got the opportunity to review the Elementary Astronomy from Journey Homeschool Academy my son was so thrilled. He wanted to check it out right away and when we signed in and seen that most of it he could do himself he was even more excited. This meant that he could learn all the amazing things without needing to wait for mom.
What will you find in Elementary Astronomy?
This course is filled with 30 lessons, which act as little units. Each lesson contains a longer video for the student to watch which explains a different part of astronomy. For example, in lesson seven they learn all about how the sky can guide you and direct you as you’re sailing and how you can use the stars to tell your direction. There is also a shorter video called the “memory video” and this is designed to use alongside the memory cards in the extra materials. Some parents like to use these to work on their children’s memorization skills, we personally just used these videos as a tool to review the important facts that we just learned. Lastly, there are extra materials for each lesson. These will be things like the memory cards that I already mentioned above and other things like printing practice pages.
How did we use Journey Homeschool Academy?
My son decided to use this mostly as an independent study. My daughter and he would watch the videos together and then we would chat about what he was learning. He didn’t use the worksheet type things in the extra materials but he did end up getting a lot of the recommended books and doing the activities. I loved the activities because things like where to find the big dipper will be skills that he will keep with him for the rest of his life.
Who do I think that this would be good for?
I think that families who are looking for studies that include more than just the subject would really like these. The fact that you are able to get the printing sheets and book recommendations with the units mean that you could integrate language arts into this fairly easily.
I also think that families that are looking for things that children can do independently would really enjoy this. Most of the content is presented in these wonderful little videos so it’s really easy for a student to watch those and then do the sheets that a parent prints out for them. I do think that they may need help with some of the activities but for the most part it can be pretty hands-off on the parent’s end.
Journey Homeschool Academy currently offer two different science studies for both younger learners and older learners, astronomy and biology.
We will definitely be trying out the biology course in our homeschool this coming year!