Homeschool Astronomy Learning
Astronomy Distance Learning for all ages

Whether you’re looking for a high quality astronomy course for your high school student or an introduction to astronomy for your fourth grader, there are some incredible astronomy resources provided online — absolutely free.

Here are some good quality resources to teach astronomy in your homeschool:

The KLASS Curriculum is a series of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) lesson plans with supporting interactive resources that build to a simulated shuttle launch. The lessons are designed for use with students, grades 6-10.

KidsAstronomy has two interactive courses available for free. Course one is for ages 7-12 and is 8 packets with 32 assignments. Course two is for ages 13-18 and is 8 packets with 48 assignments. It is recommended that students complete one packet per week. The site also has interactive games to teach about astronomy.

This course focuses on three particularly interesting areas of astronomy that are advancing very rapidly: Extra-Solar Planets, Black Holes, and Dark Energy. Particular attention is paid to current projects that promise to improve our understanding significantly over the next few years. The course explores not just what is known, but what is currently not known, and how astronomers are going about trying to find out.

Professor Robert Nemiroff of Michigan Technological University is offering a free introductory astronomy course online. The class is offered in the form of 25 posted lectures, with each lecture thread containing at least one video lecture and one Powerpoint file containing the slides that Professor Nemiroff used.

Find lesson plans for activities such as Clay Planets, A Solar System Coloring Book, Great Planetary Debate, The Magnetometer and Windows to the Universe Scavenger Hunt. For various grade levels.

Search the educators’ section by keyword and grade level to find lesson plans and more from NASA. There are over 800 entries for all grade levels in astronomy.

Take a tour of astronomy, our solar system and more, page by page on this site. Kids will learn about gravity, vacuums, luminosity, the heliosphere and much more. The material is presented in short, easy to understand ways and can be used by most ages.

The site has over a thousand videos in various astronomy subcategories such as constellations, space exploration and the solar system. You can narrow down results by age. Videos are rated by users to help select the best.

This site provides extensive links to online learning for its four astronomy courses:

General Astronomy

There are two levels of general astronomy. The first refers to courses that provide a broad, but relatively superficial, view of astronomy. Such programs are often taught as science requirements for non-science majors. The second level refers to the non-technical aspects of astronomy, such as history, philosophy, and the social impact of astronomy,

Subject Orientation

Online resources that provide an overview of the subject. These are especially
helpful for learners who are searching for subjects that suit their needs and
personal interests.

Resource Publisher
Outline of Astronomy Wikipedia
Outline of the History of Astronomy Wikipedia

Complete Courses and Study Guides

Topics included in these free online learning resources are roughly equivalent to one- or two-semester courses in a traditional school environment.

Short Courses and Topical Study Guides

These free online resources are intended to provide knowledge, skills, and insights for a special, limited portion of a subject.

Resource Publisher
Early Astronomy* Text: Addison-Wesley
Study Guide: Free-Ed.NEt

* The study guide for this short course is under development at this time.

The Library

These are contemporary textbooks that appear online, free of charge but with an undetermined number of pages missing. They are selected for their relevance and quality.


General
Astronomy

Solar System

This program focuses on the scientific study of the sun, planets, small objects, and related gravitational systems.

Subject Orientation

Online resources that provide an overview of the subject. These are especially
helpful for learners who are searching for subjects that suit their needs and
personal interests.

Resource Publisher
Overview of the Sun Wikipedia
Overview of Planetary Science Wikipedia
The Library


Solar System
Astronomy

The Heart  of Solar System Astronomy

Stars/Galaxies

These learning resources feature the physics and chemistry of the stars and galaxies. Most of the work concerns our own galaxy and the stars included in it.

Subject Orientation

Online resources that provide an overview of the subject. These are especially
helpful for learners who are searching for subjects that suit their needs and
personal interests.

Resource Publisher
Overview of Stars Wikipedia
Overview of Our Galaxy Wikipedia

Short Courses and Topical Study Guides

These free online resources are intended to provide knowledge, skills, and insights for a special, limited portion of a subject.

Resource Publisher
Our Place in the Universe* Text:
Study Guide: Free-Ed.Net

* The study guide for this short course is under development at this time.

The Library


Stellar and
Galactic
Astronomy

Introduction to Galaxies

Cosmology/Astrophysics

The only significant difference between the creative work of the cosmos and that of a living cell is their relative scales of space and time.

Cosmology is the discipline that deals with the nature of the Universe as a whole. Cosmologists seek to understand the origin, evolution, structure, and ultimate fate of the Universe at large, as well as the natural laws that keep it in order. Modern cosmology is currently dominated by the Big Bang theory, which brings together observational astronomy and particle physics.
[Adapted from Wikipedia]

Subject Orientation

Online resources that provide an overview of the subject. These are especially
helpful for learners who are searching for subjects that suit their needs and
personal interests.

Resource Publisher

An Outline of Cosmology

Wikipedia
An Outline of Physical Cosmology Wikipedia
The Library

These are contemporary textbooks that appear online, free of charge but with an undetermined number of pages missing. They are selected for their relevance and quality.


Cosmology and
Astrophysics

A certificate of completion can be printed after doing the required reading for each course.

Watch dozens of videos online on topics such as scale of earth and sun, supernovae, the Big Bang, Hubble’s Law, black holes, quasars and more.

Be sure to also take advantage of your local library and the astronomy department of local colleges for supplements to your astronomy studies.