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A Kid's Guide to Astronomy

Since the times when kids are old enough to look around at the world that we live in, we have been fascinated with the stars and the planets. Even as a small child, one of our favorite nursery rhymes deals with the subject: Twinkle, twinkle little star. The stars and planets are near enough to see, but far enough to be out of our reach. Because of this, we have always had a fascination with these outer space bodies.

To help kids learn more about the stars, moons and planets, we have put together this guide to astronomy. We hope that it is helpful in teaching your children about these brightly shining objects that we see in the night sky. Please feel free to re-visit this page often and use the resources to help teach young people about the study of astronomy.

Astronomy Resources:

  • Star Questions - Informative page which asks a number of questions pertaining to stars and have answered by an astronomer.

  • Learning Guide- Fun guide from NASA for kids in teaching them about stars and the universe.

  • Stars - Information and facts in this useful article from National Geographic about the stars in the solar system.

  • Star Facts - Useful and informative page for kids which gives a number of facts about stars.

  • Astronomy for Teachers - Web site which provides a number of useful sites to assist teachers in passing on knowledge of astronomy to kids.

  • Christopher Spry's Web - A collection of resources and valuable information about astronomy and astrophysics.

  • Astronaut Central - A collection of resources and information on astronomy, space and NASA.

  • Space and Astronomy Lesson Plans - Lesson plans for teachers which can be used to prepare classes to learn about astronomy and space.

  • Stour Astronomical Society - A collection of useful astronomical resources, websites and pictures.

  • Astronomy Lesson Plans - Educational resource for teachers that can be helpful in preparing lesson plans geared towards teaching about astronomy related topics.

  • Astronomy Activities - Helpful page for kids with activities to help learn about topics in the field of astronomy.

  • Astronomy Games for Kids - Fun page of games and activities for kids with astronomy as the theme.

  • Children's Astronomy Activities - Informative site with a number of activities for children which helps explore the world of astronomy.

  • Eagle Rock Observatory - A collection of resources and informative websites related to the study of astronomy. /p>

  • The Braeside Observatory - A collection of resources and educational websites related to the study of astronomy. /p>

  • Astronomy Links - A number of resources and links about astronomy including several pages of activities and games.

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Home Safety Guide for Kids

Kids face many dangers whether at home, playing outside, or online. Poisons, chemicals, and fire can cause injury or life threatening damage. It is important to learn safety tips to protect ourselves from danger, or to know what to do in times of an emergency. Knowing what to do in times of danger can mean the difference between staying safe or getting hurt. Taking the time to learn and practice safety tips will help you make fast-acting decisions in times of trouble. The following games, activities, and coloring books will help all kids learn safety tips they may use in times of danger in a fun and exciting way.

House Safety

Kids face a lot of danger in the home. Some children attend school then go home to an empty house, while others may stay with an older brother or sister. Even children who are home with a parent may find themselves in dangerous situations. Whether home alone or with others, we must know how to stay safe from dangers found in the home. Homes often have many poisonous materials and chemicals such as cleaners, paints, and other chemicals. You should know how to read and understand warning labels, and how to call 911 in times of danger. Kids should also understand the danger of fire and have an escape plan. You should practice escape routes and know how to get out of the house if there is an emergency.

Yard Safety

Danger isn't found only inside the house, so we need to know how to be safe in the yard. Some dangerous situations that take place outside include swimming pool accidents, insect stings and animal bites, bike riding accidents, and danger from the sun. Kids should learn safe riding habits and always wear a helmet. It is important to understand the dangers of sun exposure and wear sun protection. If you have access to swimming pools you must understand pool safety.

Fire Safety

Fire is one of the most dangerous situations you can experience. Fire safety is very important and everyone should understand how to stay safe indoors as well as outdoors. Children must learn never to play with matches or lighters and understand the dangers of fire in forests and woods as well as inside the home. You are never too young to learn fire safety and understand the method for stop, drop, and roll as well as how to get out of a building if it is on fire.

Internet Safety

The Internet is one of the most dangerous places for kids and one of the most important areas for you to use safety skills. No matter how harmless and safe the Internet may seem, it is not. Strangers are always online looking for kids to talk to. Sometimes they will pretend to be other kids and try to friend you. When you are online must know how to use the Internet safely to keep yourself safe. Avoid chatting with people and never post personal information such as the name of your school, the town you live in, your name, age, phone number, or address. The Internet can be a great way to find information for homework or school, but it can be one of the simplest and easiest ways for strangers and predators to find you. Know how to stay safe online before using the Internet. If someone talks to you and makes you feel uncomfortable, tell a grown-up right away.

Stranger Safety

Strangers aren't only online. They are in your neighborhood too. Kids have to stay aware and know when a stranger is approaching them. Stranger abductions are real and are a dangerous threat. Kids can learn safety tips that will help them stay safe and identify trouble before it happens. You must know how to react if a stranger approaches them as well.

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A Child's Security Center - Stranger Danger and More!

As you grow up, you will want to show your parents that you are responsible and can take care of yourself. In order to do this, it is very important to know how to keep yourself safe whether you are at home or elsewhere. A big part of staying safe is knowing about some of the dangers out there. A main rule to remember is to always stay away from strangers, until your mom or dad say that it's okay to talk to them.

If you are staying home alone, don't answer the door if someone rings the bell. It could be a stranger! Similarly, if someone phones your home, don't answer it so that you don't have to tell them that you are home without your parents. Even out on the streets or in other public areas, a stranger might try to approach you. Although they might be bad, they can trick you by looking friendly. Some strangers might even try to offer you candy or try to start a conversation. If this ever happens, run away and go to a safe place where there are a lot of people. If there is a police station nearby, go there instead.

It is important to remember that not all strangers are bad. In fact, some can be good. A great example of good strangers are police officers or security guards. It is their job to make sure that people are safe. If a stranger tries to talk to you, grab you, or touch you in any way, remember what they look like and repeat the information to the police as soon as possible.

Strangers are not necessarily always people that you've never seen before. Strangers are people who your family does not know well and trust. If you go to a friend's birthday party and meet their uncle, you should still count him as a stranger if he is unknown by your family.

Now that you know about strangers in real life, you should also know that there are also strangers online. Imagine that you log onto a chat room to talk to your friends. There might be a bad stranger there who is pretending to be a kid. Did you know that almost half of all kids and teens chatting online are at some point contacted by total strangers? For this reason, you should only go to websites that your parents approve and never give out any of your private details. Private details are pieces of information that can be linked to you, such as your real name, age, address, email, or phone number. By keeping your information private, you are protecting yourself from harmful strangers.

Want to learn more about staying safe and preventing crime? Check out some of the games, activities, and tip sheets below!

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A Kid's Guide to Astronomy

Since the times when kids are old enough to look around at the world that we live in, we have been fascinated with the stars and the planets. Even as a small child, one of our favorite nursery rhymes deals with the subject: Twinkle, twinkle little star. The stars and planets are near enough to see, but far enough to be out of our reach. Because of this, we have always had a fascination with these outer space bodies.

To help kids learn more about the stars, moons and planets, we have put together this guide to astronomy. We hope that it is helpful in teaching your children about these brightly shining objects that we see in the night sky. Please feel free to re-visit this page often and use the resources to help teach young people about the study of astronomy.

Astronomy Resources:

  • Star Questions - Informative page which asks a number of questions pertaining to stars and have answered by an astronomer.

  • Learning Guide- Fun guide from NASA for kids in teaching them about stars and the universe.

  • Stars - Information and facts in this useful article from National Geographic about the stars in the solar system.

  • Star Facts - Useful and informative page for kids which gives a number of facts about stars.

  • Astronomy for Teachers - Web site which provides a number of useful sites to assist teachers in passing on knowledge of astronomy to kids.

  • Christopher Spry's Web - A collection of resources and valuable information about astronomy and astrophysics.

  • Astronaut Central - A collection of resources and information on astronomy, space and NASA.

  • Space and Astronomy Lesson Plans - Lesson plans for teachers which can be used to prepare classes to learn about astronomy and space.

  • Stour Astronomical Society - A collection of useful astronomical resources, websites and pictures.

  • Astronomy Lesson Plans - Educational resource for teachers that can be helpful in preparing lesson plans geared towards teaching about astronomy related topics.

  • Astronomy Activities - Helpful page for kids with activities to help learn about topics in the field of astronomy.

  • Astronomy Games for Kids - Fun page of games and activities for kids with astronomy as the theme.

  • Children's Astronomy Activities - Informative site with a number of activities for children which helps explore the world of astronomy.

  • Eagle Rock Observatory - A collection of resources and informative websites related to the study of astronomy. /p>

  • The Braeside Observatory - A collection of resources and educational websites related to the study of astronomy. /p>

  • Astronomy Links - A number of resources and links about astronomy including several pages of activities and games.

 


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