A Super Cool Homeschool Science Curriculum – Telescopes and Kaleidescope Experiments

Reflection and refraction of light is a very important phenomenon when it comes to your kids’ homeschool science curriculum. What we see around us is nothing but a pattern of light rays that come together to form an image at the back of our eye. Today I am going to teach you how to manipulate light rays by using lenses and mirrors in order to see far-off and tiny objects. So get ready for some fun!

You see an object when light reflecting from that object or passing through that object reaches your eyes. For example, you see an orange because the light reflected off the orange passes through the lens of your eyes and forms an image on your retina. You can read text from a computer screen because the light emitted by the screen falls on your retina.

Now your naked eyes cannot see objects that are far off such as a bird on a tree far away or a tiny ant in the grass a few feet away. You would just see a tiny thing, because the image formed on the screen of your eye, the retina, would be very tiny. Therefore you require microscopes to magnify tiny objects such as amoebas and telescopes to see far away objects such as planets. A homeschool science curriculum that teaches about microscopes and telescopes must include simple activities that simulate the working of telescopes and microscopes. I will discuss such activities below.

Now a simple telescope has two parts the objective and the eyepiece. The objective lens is much larger and helps to collect as much light as possible. The eyepiece which is close to your eye helps the image spread across your retina, enabling you to see the bird as if it is closer.

A microscope works in a similar way. One difference is that the objective lens is very small as it has to collect the light reflected or passing through a small specimen such as an ant or an onion skin. The eyepiece is comparatively bigger and magnifies the image.

Another difference is that the objective lens of a telescope is fixed and the eyepiece is movable. On the other hand the objective lens of a microscope is movable and the eyepiece is fixed.

I always use two magnifying glasses to simulate the working of telescopes and microscopes in the homeschool science curriculum that I teach.

Do This Now!


Hold two magnifying glasses in front of you one behind the other. Now move both lenses of the magnifying glasses in front of you and try to focus on an object far away such as a bird on a tree. You will be able to see the bird as if it was closer to you; only it will be upside down. This is how a simple telescopes work.


Find some reading material that is in fine print or a tiny dead ant. Now hold two magnifying glasses in both hands one above the other over …

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Recognized Distance Learning MBA Colleges in India

These days, a lot of distance education MBA universities have been established to offer study materials as well as practice tests to the students that have opted for an online MBA degree. The best part about all these universities is that they also conduct interesting and interactive sessions for the students so that they can learn several things.

Some of the finest distance-learning MBA colleges in India include the following:

1. ICFAI Business School: You are eligible to apply in this program if you are a graduate with an undergraduate degree in any of the disciplines. The time duration of program is of 2 years. ICFAI business school always focuses on providing a professional certification programs which is basically designed for improving the careers of students. This college is located at Shankarapalli Road in Hyderabad.

2. Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies: NNIMS is located in Mumbai and offers several post graduate courses which are approved appropriately by distance education council.

3. XLRI: This institute is in Jamshedpur. XLRI offers executive MBA programs for 1 year.

4. Indira Gandhi National Open University: IGNOU is located in New Delhi. It is very best in providing degree distance education program for MBA, DIM (Diploma in Management), and PGDIM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management).

5. Training and Advanced Studies in Management and Communications Limited: TASMAC offers distance learning programs that are mainly intended for the working professionals.

6. Symbiosis Center for Distance Learning: This institute offers several correspondence courses for MBA. These include:

1. PGDIB – Post Graduate Diploma in International Business

2. PGDBA – Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration

Today, several top management schools have started offering distance education MBA programs to the students. Distance MBA in Pune as well as distance MBA in Bangalore is also gaining tremendous popularity. The reason for this popularity is that distance education help the students in saving both their study time and cost. As a result they can get a MBA degree in short span of time and that too without spending much money.

The admission in distance learning MBA programs can depend upon the colleges. Some colleges take admission through the score card of GMAT ie Graduate Management Admission test, while some take admission keeping in mind different aspects such as work experience, personal interview performance, reference letter from faculty, academic reference, professional references, personal essays, and academic transcripts.

Distance learning colleges in India are doing a great job of providing MBA degrees to the student who can not go for regular courses due to some or the other restrictions. If you are thinking that distance learning MBA universities are not worth trying, then you are wrong. In fact, most of the students are opting for distance MBA in Pune and in Bangalore. …

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