HSHSP Ep 154: Astronomy for Homeschool High School, Interview with Luke Gilkerson

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This week on HSHSP Ep 154: Astronomy for Homeschool High School, Interview with Luke Gilkerson.

HSHSP Ep 154: Astronomy for Homeschool High School. Luke Gilkerson of Experience Astronomy shares the benefits when studying Astronomy as homeschool science. #HomeschoolHighSchool #HomeschoolScience #AstronomyForHomeschoolHighSchool

HSHSP Ep 154: Astronomy for Homeschool High School, Interview with Luke Gilkerson

Homeschool high schoolers need lots of science on their transcripts. This includes Biology and Chemistry but they will also need 1 or 2 other sciences, according to their post-graduation goals. Many teens can really benefit from including Astronomy as one of those sciences.

Photo of Luke and wife, Trisha, used by permission.

Join us for an interview with Luke Gilkerson, of Experience Astronomy, as he explains the benefits of studying Astronomy:

  • Astronomy can be a whole-family project. It can be adapted for all ages.
  • Astronomy is real life! All you have to do is go outside and look at the sky (although, there is so much more teens can engage so that they get a meaningful Astronomy credit for the transcript).
  • Astronomy gives students a time to wonder at the glory of God. The feeling of awe that the night sky inspires is good for body and soul.
  • Astronomy is a lab science! It is available right out the door. (In fact, with Luke’s course, you don’t even need a telescope.)
  • Astronomy can be a science or an elective. Adapt it to either need on the transcript.
  • Astronomy could also be adapted as a history credit. Astronomy is historical. In the old days, the sky was people’s calendar and clock. Their lives were guided by it, so of course it became the source of some of their legends and myths.

Experience Astronomy (elementary or high school levels). High school level is 120-180 hours of work, taught by Luke recorded and online and live online, with integrated history and culture. The most important component is the *field portion* where students learn to read the sky like a map and record field notes and drawings. The course includes hands-on projects and some papers. It is a robust course for the homeschool transcript!

Study Astronomy with your family. Homeschool high schoolers can record a robust and meaningful credit. #HomeschoolHighSchoolPodcast

Join Vicki and Luke Gilkerson for our discussion of Astronomy. Check out Experience Astronomy’s courses (and their Biology class that is designed as a CLEP preparation course, too).

And you’ll also enjoy our Homeschool Highschool Podcast Episode on Science for Non-Science Majors.

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HSHSP Ep 154: Astronomy for Homeschool High School, Interview with Luke Gilkerson

Hands-On Science

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Hands-on science is on the agenda for roadschooling families everywhere who are planning a successful roadschool year. Episode #137 comes to you live from the the State of Washington as well as Central Florida. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families,  recaps her roadschool week as they have traveled into the Evergreen State. From across the country, Mary Beth Goff, calls in from on the road to reveal the Road Trip Teacher crew is traveling north towards the Midwest.

The highlight of the week for KT is the revelation that Half Price Books is not only a website but also a resource with store locations! She is enamored to find that she is located within just miles of an outlet store! Her most fabulous find on her recent trip there was a book she remembers from her childhood titled From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. The book is next in line for the Travaglino family read-aloud. MB admits she is playing catch up as her family is still reading The Twenty-One Balloons. For those keeping score, it’s KT-3, MB-1 on the summer books reading list of accomplishments.

Listeners hear a few words from the Season 10 series sponsor,  Time4Learning. The comprehensive K-12 online curriculum is a favorite from the Roadschool Moms Approved resources and used by both KT and MB in their own rolling homeschools. The coupon code “roadschooler” is shared for those who want to test drive a trial run of the online resource.

This episode features special guest, Luke Gilkerson. Luke and his wife, Trisha, are behind the plethora of resources to raise strong families from Intoxicated on Life. He shares his thoughts on the importance of science in a homeschool plan. By including science, Luke advises roadschoolers will learn “how to think” by the process of observing, testing a hypothesis, and finding the conclusion. He advocates learning by experience. This homeschool dad of four boys, reminds listeners how easy it is to incorporate science into daily routines (like when his 8-yr old made slime last week.) He suggests that by weaving areas of science that are naturally interesting to your kids, it is simple to integrate the subject into the core curriculum of the 3 Rs.

The creator of Experience Astonomy, Luke also brings all the details of this hands-on science curriculum available for all ages of roadschoolers.  The elementary level is designed to engage young minds and put the fun back into the homeschool day. The upper level of Experience Astronomy is best suited for ages 12 and over. High schoolers can earn course credit with the Advanced Mastery option for the course.

  • Engaging Video Lessons
  • Hands-on Activities
  • Recommended Reading List
  • Weekly Opportunity for Outside Observations (upper level)

The Roadschool Moms team shares their favorite hands-on science resources with listeners from their combined OTR years of over a decade.  Mary Beth reminds the audience that two of her roadschoolers used Experience Astrology last year and loved it.  Other resources the dynamic duo recommends include these Top 3:

  1. Interactive Science Notebooks
  2. Apologia Science
  3. Time 4 Learning

Looking for a roadmap for your next learning adventure? Scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find more than 130 podcast replays.

Homeschool enrollment is on the rise. More and more families are moving into a home on wheels. As a result, the Roadschool Moms record this broadcast to present resources that meet the challenges of today’s roadschooler. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time across America’s backyard.

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MBFLP – Stars, Signs, and Seasons

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Summertime’s a great time to get outside and search the stars. We all learn a few constellations and know what the planets are, even if we can’t find them. But did you know God had a deeper purpose than just decorating our night horizons? Author and astronomer Jay Ryan joins us to talk about the Biblical use of the stars “for signs and for seasons” (Genesis 1:14) – and to glimpse something of God’s glory in the heavens!

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