A Homeschool Space Unit Study Ideal for Interest Led Learning
Are your kids interested in Outerspace, planets, or astronomy? If your kids dream of being astronauts, you’re going to love this homeschool space unit study. It’s ideal for homeschool families practicing interest-led learning because you can use as much or as little as you like to satisfy their curiosity.
Everything you need is combined together to create this exciting all-in-one Space unit study. You’ll get games, sensory bin ideas, read-aloud summaries, hands-on projects, and so much more! Plus, keep reading to discover some fun field trip opportunities and extra unit study options to dive deep into this topic with your kiddos.
Why A Space Unit Study For Our Homeschool?
My daughter Emily is fascinated by Outerspace, so we were super excited to build a space unit study for our homeschool this year. We have done a few space studies in the past:
I think one of the big keys to following an interest-led plan while homeschooling is matching their interest level. Emily is still super interested in Space, so when she asked if we could study it again this year, I said YES!
Even though we have done space studies in the past, there’s still so much to learn! I can’t wait to share all the new things in our latest Space Unit Study for interest led homeschoolers.
Everything You Need, All In One Space Study
This Space unit study is an all-in-one learning adventure! I’m really excited to share it with you. Check out some of our favorite resources included in the unit study:
Space Sensory Play
Sensory play activities are perfect for young learners because they incorporate a variety of senses, giving kids opportunities for cognitive growth. We don’t use sensory play activities as much as we did when Emily was younger, but I’m working on incorporating them more. Sensory bins are great fun for older learners too!
This space sensory bin is super easy to make and you probably already have the ingredients at home. Add in your favorite space themed toys for hours of hands-on learning fun.
Roll-a-story activities are always so fun! They encourage kids to think creatively, build problem solving skills, and lead to some pretty awesome silly stories too. I’ve put a cool space themed printable in this unit study that you can use with your own dice to come up with some creative stories from Outerspace.
Solar System Cake
Another fun way to extend your homeschool lessons is by incorporating themed snacks. Theming snacks and desserts gives you a unique opportunity to engage the senses and help kids remember all the cool things they’re learning too.
In this Space unit study, you’ll find a super fun recipe for creating your very own model of the Solar System using cake! It’s a tasty treat that will help them remember the planets in order for years to come.
Read Aloud Passages and Discussion Questions
We are big fans of reading aloud here at The Waldock Way. I’ve put together tons of reading passages about everything from astronauts, to astronomy, planets, constellations, space exploration, and more.
These informational summaries will answer all their questions about Space. Plus, the discussion questions at the end of each summary will help homeschoolers build reading comprehension skills too.
Space Themed Printable Games
Have you tried gameschooling in your homeschool yet? Games are so much fun, and they provide an easy way to engage reluctant learners too. In addition to the list of Space theme games included at the beginning of this unit study, you’ll get several printable game options too. Check out what’s included:
- Constellation matching game
- Solar system bingo
- Space trivia game
Space Writing Prompts
While coloring pages are a great way to build fine motor skills, I’ve also included some printables for practicing writing too. You can use these space themed writing prompts to encourage creative writing skills and proper penmanship with your homeschoolers.
Custom Coloring Pages
In addition to the reading summaries for every topic, you’ll get custom coloring pages too. Coloring is a fun activity you can use to build fine motor skills and concentration too.
I like using these coloring pages as we read aloud because it’s a great way to keep Emily’s hands busy and help her stay focused on the topic while I read. You’ll find pages for labeling telescopes and the anatomy of the sun too.
Extra Resource Pages
Want more? If your kids are still craving more Space themed learning fun, you can add as many of the books, movies, games, and hands-on activities included in my extra resource page as your heart desires.
How We Plan To Use This Unit Study In Our Homeschool This Year
This Space unit study is all-in-one. That means you can deep dive into this study in a day, a week, or spread it out over months. I’ve designed it to be flexible to meet your needs and your child’s interest level.
We are planning to do one lesson a day in the afternoons. This Space unit study will give us a chance to learn together as a family. I’ll read the passage of the day aloud, Emily can watch a learning video from the YouTube playlist, and we will complete the accompanying worksheets. Then, we will play a game or work on a hands-on project together.
In our family, we have a goal to leave no questions unanswered. The goal of this comprehensive Space unit study is to answer all of Emily’s questions about Outerspace and satisfy her curiosity while learning all kinds of amazing things about science and Space too.
Opportunities For More Space Learning In Your Homeschool
Want even more space learning fun? This year we are working to incorporate more field trips and there are some excellent opportunities for Space-themed field trips! You could check out the Kennedy Space Center or visit your local planetarium.
Since Space is a favorite interest of Emily’s, I’ve got lots of other learning opportunities to explore focused on Outerspace too. Check out some of these other mini unit studies with your own homeschoolers for more learning fun this year:
- Moon Unit Study
- Who Was Sally Ride?
- Who Was Neil Armstrong?
- Who Was Galileo?
Don’t forget to come back and share your favorite part of this all-in-one Space unit study in the comment section. I can’t wait to hear which part of this exciting unit study your family liked the best!