HOME SCHOOL NIGHT @ SWS, 4/23/10:
Our local astronomy club, Southwest Washington Stargazers, hosted an "introduction to astronomy presentation" for a group of home schooled, grade school age children. I think we probably had a group of 15-20 kids in addition to a number of parents.
I did an ill-prepared introduction to telescopes. Another member did a good presentation using a couple of planetarium software programs, and finally our SWS resident moon expert did a fine job pointing out some of the major features of the moon.
I think we sparked some interest in at least one of the children, and several of the parents....who asked questions about purchasing a Telescope.
Unfortunately clouds and rain sprinkles prevented us from taking the kids outside to actually look through the telescopes. "Talking" about the view through a telescope is a very pale substitute for the real thing. Seeing many of the objects with your own eyes is the real allure of the hobby.