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Two Dawns in One Day?

Two Dawns

It seems like a title for a science fiction book, not a reality for us in the continental United States on August 21, 2017.  You are probably aware of the total solar eclipse that will occur across the contiguous United States in just a few days; on August 21, 2017.  My family lives in the viewing area, so if the weather cooperates, we should be able to see the eclipse.  Planning for this event has me thinking about times in the Bible where abnormal celestial events are recorded. 

In Joshua, chapter 10, Joshua prayed in the presence of Israel, asking for the sun and the moon to stand still.  And it did!  The sun stopped for a full day.  In 2 Kings, chapter 20, Isaiah prayed to the LORD, asking the sun’s shadow to go back ten steps as a sign to Hezekiah and it was done. 

The sun and the moon are mentioned many other places in the Bible.  A quick search on a topical Bible website will reveal several other mentions of the sun and moon.  (These might be good copy-work practice for the week surrounding the upcoming eclipse!) 

Perhaps the most well-known reference is during Jesus’ crucifixion.  The land was dark for three hours during Jesus’ crucifixion.  This long period of darkness, recorded by Biblical and other historians cannot be explained away as being a solar eclipse.  Because it was Passover, we know the moon was full.  We also know a solar eclipse cannot happen during a full moon.

The excitement surrounding a total solar eclipse is something your children will remember for the rest of their lives.  You can use this event as a teaching opportunity to help cement some fascinating Bible stories in their memories.

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Solar Eclipse Notebooking Page

Solar Eclipse Notebooking PageUse this free solar eclipse notebooking page to write about a solar eclipse.
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Planet Temperatures Notebooking Page

Planet Temperatures Notebooking PageBecause of their different distances from the sun, the planets in our solar system vary widely in their average temperatures.  You can write about the planets’ temperatures in this free notebooking page.
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Planet Sizes Notebooking Page

Planet Sizes Notebooking PageThere is a vast size difference between the planets in our solar system.  Write about the planets’ sizes in this free notebooking page.
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Meteor & Meteorite Notebooking Page

Meteor & Meteorite Notebooking PageRecord the difference between meteors and meteorites on this free notebooking page.
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Heliosphere Notebooking

Heliosphere NotebookingWhat is a heliosphere?  Your student can research this and record their findings on this free notebooking page.
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Black Hole Notebooking Page

Black Hole NotebookingAre black holes real?  Have your student research black holes and discover for themselves.
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Solar Eclipse Worksheet

Solar Eclipse WorksheetLearn about solar eclipses in this free science worksheet
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Lunar Eclipse Worksheet

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4 Reasons to Do Fun School in the Summer

Fun School

Summer is a great time for parent educators to relax and regroup for the next school year, but should you be throwing a little bit of fun schooling into your summer mix?  Here’s four reasons you might want to do so.

  • Keep your kids in the practice of doing school:  In the fall, some kids have a difficult time getting back into the swing of doing school.  If you do some school throughout the summer, it is more likely kids will remember how to sit down and work.
  • Keep your kids out of trouble:  During the school year, your students had many activities plus their school work, which probably created a somewhat hectic schedule.  Now, during the summer, there might not be a lot of preplanned activities for them.  Yes, I believe kids should learn how to entertain themselves, but if they have to entertain themselves all day every day, you might not be too pleased with how they do so.  A little bit of fun school scattered throughout the week can help keep them occupied in a good way.
  • Help your kids remember what they learned: Three months is a long time, especially if you are trying to remember that last math concept taught in May.  Finding a fun way to review concepts throughout the summer can keep things fresh in your students’ minds so they are ready to jump back into difficult subjects in the fall.
  • Try different teaching methods:  You have, no doubt, read or heard about many different teaching methods.  Notebooking, unit studies, Charlotte Mason style, textbooks, and lapbooking are just a few.  Before you buy new curriculum for the fall, you might want to switch things up and try something new to see how you and your children like it. 

Every family is different and school in the summer might not make sense for everyone, but if your kids have trouble remembering their multiplication tables or have difficulties getting back into the swing of school in the fall, if they are bored and driving you crazy, or if you just want to try out a new teaching method, fun school in the summer might be the perfect thing for you!