Solar Eclipse Homeschool Ideas

2017 Solar Eclipse

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Any time there is any kind of eclipse, it is a great time to pull out some homeschool solar eclipse ideas for learning and create your very own space center homeschool day!

What Is the Definition of Eclipse?


NASA says that an eclipse “takes place when one heavenly body such as a moon or planet moves into the shadow of another heavenly body. There are two types of eclipses on Earth: an eclipse of the moon and an eclipse of the sun.”

For example, the 2017 eclipse was a total solar eclipse.

A total solar eclipse happens when the moon completely covers the sun. In this type of eclipse, the moon passes between the earth and the sun and blocks out all of the sun when viewing from the earth.


According to NASA, everyone in North America and parts of South America, Europe, and Africa was able to see the 2017 eclipse. Even if you’re weren’t in the direct path of the total eclipse, these areas still experienced a partial eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun.

When Is the Next Solar Eclipse and Where Can You See an Eclipse?

A total solar eclipse happens about once every 18 months. However, other solar eclipses occur throughout the year for different parts of the world. Mr. Eclipse has a calendar of upcoming eclipses and locations for the path of the eclipse.

Solar Eclipse Worksheets, Activities, Lessons, and Crafts

So, this is super cool: NASA actually has an entire HOMESCHOOL ACTIVITY SECTION that includes family activities, solar eclipse party ideas, lessons and activities, printables, art projects, and educator guides! Don’t miss it!

If you’re looking for more great homeschool ideas and activities for the solar eclipse, check these out!

Solar Eclipse Curriculum

Solar Eclipse Project Activity

APlus Homeschool has a free printable homeschool math lesson and a mini unit activity on the solar eclipse.

DIY Eclipse Shirt Craft

KC Parent has an awesome (and easy!) do it yourself eclipse shirt craft. And, it makes a really cool shirt that you can wear on the day of the eclipse. This would be a great group project for an eclipse party. Just have everyone bring a black t-shirt and you can provide the fabric paint!

Solar Eclipse Craft Project

eHow Arts and Crafts has a solar eclipse craft project video that demonstrates how the eclipse works. It says for kindergarten age, but I think it looks cool for all ages! It’s an easy DIY solar eclipse model.


How to View a Solar Eclipse : Eclipse Viewer Project

Get solar eclipse glasses now! (AFFILIATE)You should never stare directly at the sun during a solar eclipse (even if it seems dark and doesn’t hurt your eyes)!

If you want to make an eclipse viewer, check out Woo Jr. who has an easy viewer craft. Or, you can skip the craft and pick up some of these affordable Solar Eclipse Glasses for everyone.

Also, NASA has a 2D/3D pinhole projector project that looks pretty cool!

Free Solar Eclipse E-Book

Apologia Ministries has a free Solar Eclipse E-Book that you can download. The book includes eclipse details and maps, activities, safe viewing instructions, and links to references and resources.

Solar Eclipse Books for Kids

What Happens During An Eclipse? (AFFILIATE LINK)When The Sun Goes Dark (AFFILIATE LINK)








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