As soon as I received my new book from New Leaf Publishing Group, I knew it was going to become our Homeschool’s Science Curriculum for this year. The updated book is from The Wonder’s of Creation series and is called: The New Astronomy Book.
I have a brief review of the book and then I am sharing the Unit Study that I created for the first chapter of the book. We will be using the study the next two weeks for our Science classes.
As soon as the book arrived, my children were pouring through it. The photos are amazing and really draw the children’s attention to wanting to know more about what is in the photo or graphic. The book then offers three levels of information – level one is for the whole family and levels two and three are for progressively older children and adults.
This book presents hard science from a Creation perspective. I really appreciated the related scripture references in each chapter to tie concepts back to our Creator.
Chapters include The Night Sky, Our Solar System, The Sun, History of Astronomy, The Expanding Universe, and more.
Lastly, there is a 24 inch pull out poster of our solar system which we can put on a wall, giving the children the opportunity to visualize and memorize the planets and their moons.
Unit Study – Chapter 1 – The Night Sky
For our homeschool, we will be reading levels one and two to the whole family, then I and our oldest child will read level three together.
For projects and further study, we will do the following:
- Get books from the library with the constellations.
- Go out one evening and see what constellations we can recognize. Also try to find the North Star.
- Make our own constellations using black paper and white crayons and/or paint.
- Memorize the scripture verse.
- Pretend to be planets and rotate around the sun.
- Find videos about the space race (for the section on “Rockets Race to the Red Planet”)
For the oldest child doing the 3rd level, we will also:
- Read Job 38 and journal about it.
- Find more information on Retrograde Motion.
I look forward to a fun school year learning about Astronomy!
If there is interest, I will post Unit Studies for future chapters.