When you hold an infant or toddler in your arms at night, chances are they can point to the moon. Did you know that you might be nurturing a future astronomer?
This is how education begins in early childhood. A shared experience, like reading Goodnight, Moon while cuddling, makes children feel safe, loved and nurtured. They ask one of life’s great questions—“Why?”—and you answer them using the circle of talking and listening.
Introduce the word astronomer and activate more curiosity. After the moon, teach them to find the Big Dipper, Venus (bright in the northern hemisphere’s western sky), and Jupiter (bright in the northern hemisphere’s eastern sky).
Standing outdoors or at a window, and enjoying quiet time while observing the sky teaches children, too.
When we observe and wonder at the sky, we’re cultivating an interest in astronomy, a science for everyone. It’s free and it begins with love.
4 thoughts on “April Astronomy”
That book is awesome 🙂 Somehow it hasn’t worked on me tho…I’m not really that much an astronomer.
Daleenc from Thoughts from a Christian Cowgirl (1624)
I read this book to all my children. My kids love science so far. It’s about nurturing and encouraging that little bit of curiosity in their soul. I love seeing them learn and grow.
I hope you’ll never throw “Goodnight Moon” away, Jeff. All those chewed up pages are proof of your wise investment!
Loved that book. What you write holds true for us. My wife and I read it to all three kids in bed right before lights out. I think we still have the original chewed on battered copy of that fine tome! Don’t think we have an astronomer, but I like to think we have good kids. Well worth the time and energy it is taking to get them to adulthood.