Homeschooling and Astronauts

For awhile my kids were really into space and astronauts. This was when they were much younger, but even today my husband and children love to watch the stars and one night this winter they even stayed out in the freezing air waiting for a comet that never appeared. Think we got the wrong time or missed it completely. :-(

Since they were so interested space I decided to put together a unit study for them. Even today my kids have fond memories of doing that unit study! (It was my older daughter’s idea to do this post!) We went to the library and checked out tons of books on space and then we all sat around and read them throughout the course of a few weeks.  We watched a couple movies on space, did complimenting projects and assignments. The children really enjoyed that unit study.

Of course, we couldn’t do a unit study without the food! And since astronauts eat foods for survival, I purchased a couple freeze dried meals for my kids to try. They liked them a lot and thought that it was the funniest thing that you could put ice cream in a bag and eat it without a spoon! ;-)

I still have the pink folder with my children’s book reports in it that they did on several of our favorite books on space. In the past couple years the folder has started to fall apart, but we still have the packaging to the astronaut food and the memories are still in my four older children’s minds and hearts of the time that we did a study on space.

Considering the fact that it’s been almost six or seven years since we did that unit study I should really do it again for the sake of my four younger kids. And I’ll have to BuyEmergencyFoods to show my younger kids what astronauts eat so they can experience the fun too!

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  1. What a found experiment to do. Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  2. That’s great! We love space too.

  3. Marcie W. says:

    It’d be super fun to try freeze dried meals too :)

  4. Karen says:

    My boys would love to try that! Great post!

  5. Lolo says:

    I loved that astronaut ice cream when I was a kid!

  6. Tammy says:

    That’s one of the great things about homeschooling. You get to create memories.

  7. What a fun unit study, and a great way to incorporate their interests into their learning!

  8. Penelope says:

    What a great mama you are, making fun study units for them :)

  9. I still have yet to try that freeze dried food. One of these days….

    That was a very cool unit to do for the kids!

  10. luv it. and the outspace unit was my favorite

  11. Courtney says:

    How fun is that~!

  12. Amy says:

    My kiddos love space. Sounds like a blast!

  13. Laurie says:

    Sounds like fun!

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