Saturday, October 12, 2013

The World Of Astronomy Review And Facebook Party Reminder

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This months Moms of MasterBooks book was Exploring The World Of Astronomy! Below is my review about the book as well as further details about this months Facebook party. To read more reviews visit the NLPG Blog.


A moms review:
Exploring The World Of Astronomy has been quite a hit. Lately my children have been fascinated with astronomy and this was the perfect book to help me teach them about the solar system! The book is recommended for middle school - high school however it did work well for my 1st and 2nd grader as a read aloud.

The book was written by John Hudson Tiner. It is 176 pages long and a paperback book with a beautiful glossy cover (see above). There are 13 chapters and in the back of the book there is an explore more, whole book review, resources, answers and more about the author. The book is very easy to read and written in a nice sized, clear font. And most importantly the book does follow a biblical based view of creation.

My only complaint was the black and white illustrations that are used throughout the entire book. One of my favorite things about MasterBooks is their beautiful, detailed, full color illustrations so it was a disappointment that those were missing from such a fabulous science resource where color would really enhance the material being taught. Because of the black and white, non-glossy pages the book does look like an older publication (though it is not) and has more of workbook feel to it.

At the beginning of each chapter there is a little clip board that reads, "EXPLORE". There are three questions which will be answered in the chapter. These were a great way to give the children insight into what we were going to read about and have them be on alert for the answers. After we read the chapter I had the children either verbally answer the questions or if they were in a good mood I would have them write them down in a science journal.

Though all the illustrations are black and white they do a good job of helping children visualize what is being explained. There are many diagrams and charts as well.

At the end of each chapter there is another clip board that reads, "DISCOVER." Listed are the three answers to the explore questions. There is also a page of questions. There are true/false and multiple choice questions. Explore more questions. And even some math whiz questions. The explore more questions are fabulous and can easily be adapted for little ones too. There are suggestions to research astronomers, write poems, sketch diagrams, and essay type questions like, "What is the difference between a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse?"

The book covers the moon, constellations, planets, stars, telescopes and more. The book will teach you what you can actually see in the sky (with the naked eye), or what you can see using binoculars, telescopes, etc. I love how the book incorporates literature, geography, math, art, science, geology and more through the actual text and the explore more suggestions (in the chapters as well as the back of the book).

As mentioned above this book is great for all ages and learning styles. It can be used as a full curriculum or as a supplement. It would even be a great book for adults, parents, educators and astronomy enthusiasts.

More about the book:
  • Discover how to find constellations like those near Orion the Hunter from season to season throughout the year
  • How to use the Sea of Crises as your guidepost for further explorations on the moon's surface
  • Investigate deep sky wonders, extra solar planets, and beyond as God's creation comes alive!

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!

Be sure to preview the book here. 

When: October 22, 2013 at 9 pm EST

Why: We’ll be chatting with the review team, finding out some amazing facts about Astronomy AND you’ll have the chance to WIN some awesome prizes, including The World of Astronomy for yourself!

Where to buy:
You can purchase Exploring The World Of Astronomy for $14.99 at New Leaf Publishing. There is also a digital download for $7.99. You can also get the book on Amazon for $11.99 (current sale price). 

Be sure to visit the other Moms Of Master Books to see what they thought.

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