Thursday, February 9, 2012

Celestial Almanack Vol. 1 No.2 February 2012 TOS Crew Review

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                  Science and the Bible, there are no two topics loved more in this house. My boys love anything to do with outer space as well. Astronomy and such are fascinating topics to my boys and I so when given the opportunityfrom the TOS Crew  to review Celestial Almanack, Vol. 1, No. 2 - February 2012, from Fourth Day Press, I knew the boys would be super excited. To make it even more adventurous we were leaving on a winter camping trip for 2 nights and what better way to view the clear sky then up at camp around the roaring campfire.
   Here is a short description about the Almanack...

The Celestial Almanack is your illustrated guide to learning the night sky, from Fourth Day Press.

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February, 2012: this month, learn about:
* The Sun is moving higher in the noon sky, and rises and sets farther to the north, and how this relates to the days growing longer;
* The constellation Orion dominates the evening skies. Find Orion and his neighboring constellations, and how Orion can be used as a starting point for finding 35 constellations!

* Wow! Jupiter and Venus are drawing closer this month, approaching a spectacular conjunction in March! What an amazing sight!
* Mars and Saturn are visible earlier in the night, and are well placed before midnight;

* Discover these planets and also many bright stars on the evenings when they line up with the Moon;

   I absolutely love how the author Jay Ryan ties the Bible into the learning of Astronomy. This was a 21 page PDF that was full of illustrations, and facts about the month it was studying.
Learn the visual astronomy of the early American almanacks, from the Puritan colonists to the Founding Fathers. Learn the constellations, follow the phases of the Moon, discover the visible planets, and learn the signs of the passing seasons. Find out how these signs relate to the calendar and traditional celestial navigation. Use the Celestial Almanack as a monthly illustrated ezine companion guide for the Signs & Seasons curriculum, a traditional hard copy publication from Fourth Day Press.

  Not to make it anymore perfect but the nights we studied the sky while up at camp included the true full moon. It was absolutely beautiful and made it so special. Not only did we see the full moon, but the Almanack helped us locate constellations and stars that we may have not known before. We learned the connections of these sights in the sky and how they were associated to the Bible and the teachings of Jesus.
  We gained so much from this small unit study and at only $3.00 I know we will be getting some more to do up at camp when Spring hits. It was a wondrous experience sitting around the roaring campfire with my boys and learning about the sky.
   There are so many exciting units studies available from Fourth Day Press , be sure to check them all out.
You won't be disappointed, and you and your kids will learn so much even when you think you know everything already.
  Make sure to check out my fellow TOS Crew Mates and see how they incorporated the Almanack into their homeschool and family.

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