This space study is perfect for the Charlotte Mason homeschool. Included in this study, you will find astronauts suggestions to study, what they are famous for, suggestions to study planets. I have also included fun learning activities that the whole family can do together while introducing them to all that space has to offer.
Study space through living books, while learning about the astronauts that explored beyond our planet. I hope you thoroughly enjoy this space study, and your children enjoy it even more!
Fun learning activity idea:
Have each of your family learn about their choice of an astronaut. After a set time for the assignment, have them do a verbal narration dressed in costume. Be sure they know to include details of what they are famous for, perhaps models of the planets or other solar system things they are popular for contributed to our knowledge of space.
For older children, require a written narration in addition to the above idea, along with some quotes from the astronaut.
Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)
Famous for: An American astronaut and the first person to walk on the Moon. Neil Armstrong was also an aerospace engineer, naval aviator, test pilot, and university professor. Armstrong’s second and last spaceflight was as commander of Apollo 11, the first manned Moon landing mission in July 1969.
John Glenn (1921-2016)
Famous for: An United States Marine Corps aviator, engineer, astronaut, and United States Senator from Ohio. John Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth, circling it three times. He was the oldest person to fly in space as a crew member of the Discovery space shuttle and the only person to fly in both the Mercury and Space Shuttle programs.
Buzz Aldrin (1930-until)
Famous for: An American engineer and former astronaut, and the second person to walk on the Moon. Buzz Aldrin was the Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing in history. He set foot on the Moon at 03:15:16 on July 21, 1969, following mission commander Neil Armstrong.
Yuri Gagarin (1934-1968)
Famous for: A Russian Soviet pilot and cosmonaut. Yuri Gagarin was the first human to journey into outer space, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961. Gagarin became an international celebrity, and was awarded many medals and titles, including Hero of the Soviet Union, the nation’s highest honour.
Sally Ride (1951-2012)
Famous for: An American physicist and astronaut. Sally Ride joined NASA in 1978 and became the first American woman in space in 1983, however she was the third woman in space overall. She remains the youngest American astronaut to have traveled to space, having done so at the age of 32. After flying twice on the Orbiter Challenger, she left NASA in 1987.
Alan Shepard (1923-1998)
Famous for: An American naval officer and aviator, test pilot, one of the original NASA Mercury Seven astronauts, who in May 1961 made the first manned Mercury flight. Alan Shepard’s craft entered space, but did not achieve orbit. He became the second person, and the first American, to travel into space, and the first person to manually control the orientation of his spacecraft. The oldest astronaut in the program, he commanded the Apollo 14 mission, piloting the lander Antares to the most accurate landing of the Apollo missions. He became the fifth and oldest person to walk on the Moon. During the mission, he hit two golf balls on the lunar surface.
Pete Conrad (1930-1999)
Famous for: An American naval officer and aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut, and during the Apollo 12 mission became the third man to walk on the Moon. Pete Conrad set an eight-day space endurance record on the Gemini 5 mission, and commanded the Gemini 11 mission. After Apollo, he commanded the Skylab 2 mission, on which he and his crewmates repaired significant launch damage to the Skylab space station.
Gus Grissom (1926-1967)
Famous for: One of the original NASA Project Mercury astronauts, a United States Air Force test pilot and a mechanical engineer. Gus Grissom was the second American to fly in space, and the first member of the NASA Astronaut Corps to fly in space twice. He was killed along with fellow astronauts during a pre-launch test for the Apollo 1 mission at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
William Pogue (1930-2014)
Famous for: An American astronaut, U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, and test pilot who was also an accomplished teacher, public speaker and author. William Pogue was the Pilot of Skylab 4, the third and final manned visit to the Skylab Orbital Workshop, from November 16, 1973, to February 8, 1974. This was the longest manned flight (84 days, 1 hour and 15 minutes) to that date.
Jim Lovell (1928-until)
Famous for: A former NASA astronaut and a retired captain in the United States Navy, most famous as the commander of the Apollo 13 mission, which suffered a critical failure en route to the Moon but was brought back safely to Earth by the efforts of the crew and mission control. Jim Lovell was also the command module pilot of Apollo 8, the first Apollo mission to enter lunar orbit. He is one of only 24 people to have flown to the Moon, the first of only three people to fly to the Moon twice, and the only one to have flown there twice without making a landing. He was also the first person to fly in space four times.
The History of Space Ships and Shuttles
It doesn’t seem right to study about space without a look at their transportation of the day… space ships and shuttles. There is so much to learn about the science and technology of space ships, how they fly and what it takes to get them into space.
Fun learning activity idea:
Have your children sketch a few of the space ships and add it to a narration page from their space study.
Planets, and the Solar System
The exploration of space has opened up the entire solar system and the planets beyond ours. You can’t open up the world of space study without learning all about the the world beyond our planet, Earth.
Fun learning activity idea:
Sketch each of the planets, and write fun facts about each of the planets. You can even work on a planet model. I love this one that I found on Pinterest.