Imagine & Wonder - Stargazing With
The sky is filled with fantasy and
wonder. One can look up at those amazing stars for
hours and contemplate the universe. Why not share this
stargazing experience with your children?
Benefits of Stargazing with
Inspiring curiosity. Looking up at
a night sky full of stars fills your child with wonder and
delight. It sparks their imagination and their
curiosity. So many questions pop into their fertile
* What are the stars?
* How did they get there?
* How far away are they?
* Who put them there?
* What are they made of?
This gives you not only great
insight into the mind of your children; it also gives you a
valuable teaching moment. You can teach not only about
science and astronomy but looking up to the sky also lends
itself to wonderful religious and spiritual teaching
Creating memories. What is
your fondest childhood memory? For many, it’s that
special one on one time with their parent(s).
Stargazing provides you with that opportunity to connect
with your children.
Calming. Children are so
busy today they barely have time to think. If they’re
not in school, they’re doing homework, playing sports, going
to scouts and other after school activities, and hanging out
with friends then they’re watching television, surfing the
net or playing computer games. There’s very little
time made for quiet.
Yet quiet time is exactly what
children and adults need. Studies have shown that
spending time simply looking at the sky or taking a walk in
nature improves concentration, boost mood and generate
feelings of well-being.
Getting Started Stargazing with
In order to create a memorable
stargazing experience you’ll need to take a few steps.
To begin with, you’ll need a comfortable place to lie down -
grab a blanket and locate a place to stargaze.
If your children are younger, you
may want to grab a few snacks. Decide in advance if
you’re going to look at constellations. If you are, you may
want to find a few pictures of the constellations show your
children know what they’re looking for. Create a list
of things to look find in the sky, like the North Star,
Venus, the Milky Way and so on. Having a list seems to
get the ball rolling and once you get them searching the
night sky, they’ll take the ball and run with it.
If you have a telescope, then you
can really focus on a few astronomical features, like
exploring the craters on the moon.
Stargazing with your children is
more than a learning opportunity, though it certainly is
that, it also provides you a wonderful opportunity to
connect with your children, to help them grow and foster a
sense of well-being. Grab that blanket and get out