Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Yesterday's Astronomy Lesson

I'm not a planner.  OK, there, I've said it.  I've found that when I sit down and plan out all the details of a week's worth of lessons, I get tense.  If we aren't following the plan, I begin to bark at the boys to "Keep working!"  What works better for me is to read a book on the subject we are studying and then complete projects, copywork, and notebooks or lapbooks surrounding that study.  Somedays those extra things after the reading, are not planned until we're in the middle of our day.


Yesterday was one of those days.  As the boys were working on their math, I was reminded of a series of verses that were read in church a few weeks ago.  These verses struck me because they mention a few constellations by name and we are studying astronomy this year. 


Job 38:31-33

Can you bind the beautiful Pleiades?  Can you loose the cords of Orion?  Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons or lead out the Bear with its cubs?  Do you know the laws of the heavens?  Can you set up God's dominion over the earth?


I pulled out my lined notebook paper and wrote these verses.  That was going to be the day's copywork to be added to the boys' astronomy notebooks.  Then I remembered a site I had fallen up years ago where the constellations were arranged as a sort of dot-to-dot.  After a little searching I found the costellation Orion and The Great Bear in this form at

These two printouts went nicely alongside the copywork in their astronomy notebooks.


This made for a great little astronomy lesson as well as time to consider God's awesome control of even the arrangement of the stars in the sky.  AND I re-found a great web site.  After our lessons we listened to one of the radio broadcasts (click on Kids Radio Shows) about how to tell the difference between a satellite and a star.  This brief audio kept my boys attention and taught them something significant.


So, maybe everything doesn't have to be planned.  Let God design a bit of your day.  After all, He put you on this roller coaster in the first place.  Let Him direct  your paths.(hills, valleys and all!)


(as my niece would say) sidebar: one of my favorite verses is found in Job 38.  It's verse 10.  Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place?  That it could take the world by the edges and shake the wicked out of it?

What an AWESOME description of God's power!

1 comment:

  1. Wow. We are "doing the Solar System". Your approach seems way better and has stirred my mental juices. Thanks!!

    (sidebar) I am inspired by your perspective. Coffee is in order!!