What is Home School Astronomy’s view on God and creation?
Home School Astronomy teaches astronomy from as “as is” perspective, meaning from the perspective of what we see happening right now. There are no references to the age of the universe or its origins in the curriculum, however the creator of Home School Astronomy is a Christian and believes that God created the universe.
Available on CD or for Download
What grade level is this curriculum?
All the lessons are available in a K-6th Grade Version and a Junior High through High School Version.
Both versions feature the same lessons, but the K-6th grade versions have a higher picture to text ratio and a lower vocabulary level.
Is there an order or sequence to the presentations?
Each semester has a suggested order that comes with the lessons.
How can I fit this into my teaching schedule?
Each individual lesson will last about one week for a half-hour a day. Since they are self-paced, this can vary.
How long is each Lesson?
The curriculum includes a suggestion as to how to use each individual lesson for a half hour a day for an entire week. This would include the warm up activities, the presentation itself, the discussion questions, and cross-curricular activities.
Is this curriculum full or supplemental?
It is full curriculum good for an entire semester or year of science. However, it can be used as an exciting supplement to their current “not so exciting” curriculum.
Can I print it all out?
Sure! However the entire course is on the CD or downloaded to your computer and you don’t have to print it if you don’t want to.
What is the difference between this and other Astronomy Curriculum?
This curriculum engages the student with astounding pictures on the computer along with interesting and engaging astronomy lessons. It also allows the student to go at his/her own pace unlike a video, which just plays whether the student is engaged or not. The teacher has no prep time as its all packaged nice and neat in one file. As far as we have seen, there is no other full year astronomy curriculum available for homeschoolers: most astronomy is lumped together as a small section of Earth Science. This is MUCH more astronomy than any student would receive in a public or private high school.
If I choose to download the presentation rather than purchase the CD, do I own it? Can I only view it a limited number of times?
You own the presentation when you purchase it for download or on CD. It goes right to your personal machine and you can use it as many times as you want.
Are these videos?
The presentations are self-paced, gloriously illustrated slides that include an on-screen script to read along with the pictures. It is not a video. A student can "zone out" during a video; these self-paced slides require interaction for each new concept.
Can I use this on a Mac?
Yes, PowerPoint for Mac will play it, as will the free Open Office Suite: www.openoffice.org. Specifically, Open Office’s “Impress” plays it. Also, Apple’s “Keynote” will play it.
What if I don’t have PowerPoint on my computer?
The free PowerPoint Viewer from Microsoft will play the presentations. Download that from here: www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=6
Can I use this on a portable device like an IPad or Smart Phone?
As long as the device is able to play PowerPoint Presentations you should be able to use the presentations on your portable device.
What if I need help with the presentations after I buy them?
Despite the fact that these are computer-based, very few people need help with them as they are setup to run simply by hitting “F5” and then the space bar. However, prompt help is available via the email addresses on the site. If you prefer a phone call, simply email Home School Astronomy your phone number and you will receive a call back.
If I don’t like the material can I have money back?
Yes. Home School Astronomy has offered a money back guarantee since its inception.
Who is “Home School Astronomy?” Do you have references, reviews, are you legitimate?
Home School Astronomy became an official company helping homeschoolers and home school parents “Bring Astronomy Home” in 2009. The author has a Master’s Degree in Education and is an educational consultant for the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. He is also a contributing writer for Rosetta Stone’s Home School Newsletter. He has attended and spoken at many conventions including:
Has been positively reviewed by:
1. Home School Mom
2. The Wired Home School
3. Creation Homeschooling
4. Classical Scholar Homeschooling
5. Homeschool Reviews
6. Classical Astronomy
7. Gifted Homeschoolers
8. Agape Leadership
9. Jaded Cinderellas
10. Many, many others