See the link up over at Giving up on Perfect for some great tips and ideas!
As a child I remember looking up into the night sky and trying to figure out the constellations. I could always seen to find the big dipper easily, but the other "pictures in the sky" just never came to me.
For example I never saw this.
or anything like this. It was frustrating.
Then, at a local planetarium I found the book The Stars, written by H. A. Rey, (author of the Curious George Books). This delightfully illustrated book simplifies the pictures of the constellations so that children (and adults!) can see the pictures of the constellations easily when they search for them in the sky.
Here are some examples.
The book goes over what stars make up each constellation, how to find the constellation and when is the best time of year to look for them. It also contains star charts.
Last year, Rosie and I used Jeanne Fulbright's Exploring Creation with Astronomy text book. Those lessons covered all of the planets and the asteroid belt. The Stars is a great follow up to that book for students who want to know even more about the solar system and astronomy.
Works for Me!