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.