Apologia Educational Ministries
Exploring Creation with Astronomy
Jeannie K. Fulbright
Grades: 0 to 12
What would living on Venus be like? Are there really black holes? How did God create the cosmos? Curious kids want to know! This book covers the major structures of our solar system, starting with the sun and working towards Pluto. Along the way, the student will also learn about Earth s moon, the asteroid belt, and the Kuiper belt. After that, students will move outside our solar system and learn about the stars and galaxies that make up God's incredible universe. Finally, the student will learn about space travel and what it takes to be an astronaut. The activities and projects use easy-to-find household items to make the lessons come alive! Activities include simulating the use of radar to reveal a hidden landscape, making a telescope, and making an astrometer to measure the brightness of a star.
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Pros: This is written from a Biblical worldview, speaking of how God created the universe and continues to sustain it. The book is written as if the author was speaking to the child, which makes the material of more interest. It has nice photographs and includes an activity for each chapter.
Cons: My children (ages 4, 6, and 8) did not like this book at all. My children love reading books, so I was surprised that they dreaded our reading time together when we read this book. I think it is because we usually read picture books. If your child is used to reading textbooks, this would probably be a good choice.