Exploring The World of Astronomy Book Description:
Think you know all there is to know about our solar system? You might be surprised at some of the amazing details that you find when you begin Exploring the World of Astronomy! From the rugged surface of the moon to the distant and mysterious constellations, this book provides an exciting educational tour for students of different ages and skill levels. Learn about a blue moon, the 400-year storm on Jupiter, and what is meant by “the zone of life.” Discussion ideas, questions, and research opportunities help expand this great resource on observational astronomy into an unforgettable educational course for middle school to high school students!
About the Author:
John Hudson Tiner received five National Science Foundation teaching fellowships during his 12 years as a teacher of mathematics and science that allowed him to study graduate chemistry, astronomy, and mathematics. He also worked as a mathematician and cartographer for the Defense Mapping Agency, Aerospace Center in St. Louis, MO.
Tiner has received numerous honors for his writing, including the Missouri Writer’s Guild award for best juvenile book for Exploring the World of Chemistry. He and his wife, Jeanene, live in Missouri.
Series: Exploring (Book 7)
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Master Books (August 30, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 inches
Retail Price: $14.99
Digital/Kindle versions also available
Exploring the World of Astronomy is the 8th book in the Exploring series which now features astronomy, biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, the world around you, earth, and medicine. As with the other books in this series, Exploring the World of Astronomy is presented from a Biblical worldview and is free from evolutionary content. Master Books even offers parent lesson plans to turn this series into a variety of different homeschool/classroom courses. This book can be used for elementary students up to high school students depending on the elements and/or further study options you incorporate into the reading program.
Each chapter includes a variety of tools to enhance the reading of the chapter. The Explore section gives a bit of a glance into what the student will be learning in the chapter. The reading itself includes the text itself, charts, graphs, stories, and/or images. The Discover section helps students see what they should have learned in the chapter. A set of review questions allows the student to test themselves for reading comprehension. Finally, the Explore More section gives the students the opportunity to dig a little deeper into the topic being covered within the chapter. An additional Explore More section is included at the end of the book for even deeper study in addition to a whole book review. A resource section as well as an answer key is provided at the end of the book.
The information is presented in a logical, easy-to-understand manner. The charts/graphs/images give visual interest while helping students to better understand the topics being presented. The only negative that I can see right away is the lack of eye catching color images as I think this would at a good bit to the book. Not all images need to be color images, but some of the images lend themselves better to being seen in full color. That being said, the images/graphics included in the book are quite good.
If your student is interested in astronomy and you want them to learn about it from a Biblical worldview, you’ll want to check out this newest book in the exploring series.
Grandma and Grandpa were a few hours away from us at a conference, so they decided to stay a few extra days and take a bit of a detour over our way. We were thrilled to be able to spend a couple of days with them.
During their time here, we took Grandma and Grandpa over to the ranch to see the horses, and then went to Chick-fil-a before heading to the outlet mall to look for shoes for Munchkin.
On Saturday, D actually had off this week, so we were able to spend the day together. We thought it would be fun to head up to Big Bear Lake since they had received a nice snowfall earlier in the week. We were also hoping to see some fall colors while we were there.
Munchkin was so happy to be around the water that she was the first one to head down to the beach when we stopped.
It was a gorgeous crisp fall day at the lake. Munchkin was a bit bummed that she wouldn’t be able to join other people fishing as she loves to fish. I guess we need to make another trip up there just so she can do some fishing.
The cool air coming off the lake felt so nice and refreshing. We have really arid winds by our house, so the moisture in the air was a welcomed change.
Living in the desert, I guess we have really missed the water. When we lived on the East Coast, we were always near the water, so we took it for granted in many ways. Now, we get excited when we’re once again around the water.
We have also missed snow, so it was fun to think about the possibilities that this winter holds when we saw the snow by the lake this early in the season.
In addition, we have missed the big trees that you find all over the place back east. Munchkin thought this huge tree was really cool.
After leaving Big Bear Lake, we headed over to the Old Spaghetti Factory to enjoy some gluten free pasta, and then made our way to watch the Michigan game before Grandma and Grandpa had to leave. We are so thankful for the time that we were able to spend together even though the time was just too short.
Don’t Miss the Boat Book Description:
Don’t Miss the Boat provides various perspectives on the biblical account of the Great Flood that speak to both the technical and scientific evidence we see around the world today. This book contains information for the layman who wants to know the basics, as well as the solid evidence that can be shared with anyone. Theological considerations, historical essays, and scientific implications are included, as well as fictional representations that convey the emotional power of God’s judgement on a wicked pre-Flood world, rounding out this unique resource.
About the Author:
Paul Taylor earned a master’s degree in science education at Cardiff University and a degree in chemistry at Nottingham University. He has been writing about creation issues for over 30 years, and is a much in-demand speaker, currently working with Creation Today ministry in Florida.
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Master Books (June 28, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
Retail Price: $13.99
Digital/Kindle versions also available
Taylor has done a wonderful job of combining technical and scientific evidence with interesting fictional stories about what could have happened in the pre-flood world. The information is presented in an easy to understand manner. He doesn’t shy away from tackling some touchy theories within the young-earth creationist community in addition to old-earth creationist theories and evolutionary theories.
The book itself is laid out in a logical manner which allows the reader to flow from one topic to another. The first chapter is the only chapter that isn’t quite as easy to follow as it’s more of an overview chapter which gives an introduction to the various topics covered in the book. While the information presented is easy to understand, there were times that I needed to read over the information more than once to completely grasp what was being said.
I appreciated the fact that Taylor’s arguments for and against certain theories were well thought out and researched. He also had no issue with admitting that at least one of the theories that he had held to in the past was no longer a valid theory, in his opinion. His presentation made me think more about some of the traditional theories that have been held by creationists and whether they were and were not correct.
Overall, Don’t Miss the Boat is an interesting read filled with well-researched information about the world-wide flood.
After a couple of weeks of training with Phantom, today was the day that I would finally attempt to sit on his back. (Notice, I did not say ride – yet – as we needed to see how he would react to me being on his back.) I’d already been working on getting him to line up with where I would mount him using more than one location, and he was at a point where he was listening well for that. We had taken walks in several locations to see how he was with different surroundings as I wanted to know what might spook him.
Yesterday, Monday, it was decided that he was ready for the first stages of getting ready to ride him. I did a few warm-up exercises with him to make sure he was with me and not distracted by everything else going on around us, and then lined him up by the mounting stump. Today, it was just about testing him to see if he was ready to be ridden and then, if everything went well, getting on his back (no saddle).
I’m being taught the ropes of horse training by the ranch owner, so she was walking me through the process today. When I went to get on his back (after testing him by laying on his back), she stopped me and told me to basically flop on his back. Hmmm…. I don’t do flops all that well which was quickly confirmed when I landed “just so” on his back and heard a crunch sound followed by sharp pain. Yep, I either bruised or cracked my ribs. Ugh! But, I wasn’t going to let that stop our progress, but I did decide there would be no more flops for me. lol!
I was able to easily get on and off him three times. He felt really good, and he got more comfortable each time I got on his back. We ended the session as he did really well, and I believe in ending all sessions on a positive note. I was in pain, but I was able to sit on my boy for the first time which felt really good. Because we’re taking things at his pace and we’re learning together, it’s been a very rewarding (although difficult at times) training process. I’m thankful that the Lord decided to bring this type of opportunity into my life. It’s been a blessing for both Munchkin and myself.