We are all familiar with the Greek and Roman mythologies associated with the various star constellations. Tales of gods and goddesses, creatures, battles, and heroes were their way of explaining the configurations of the stars. But how did people before the Greeks and Romans view the constellations? And, most importantly, is there a Biblical interpretation that we should know about? Star Chronicles: A Bible-Based Study of the Stars by Dawnita Fogleman offers a Biblical view of the arrangement and meaning of star constellations. My children and I have been working through this study for the past several weeks, and I am happy to finally be able to share our review with you.
About the Study
Star Chronicles is a unit study that goes through each of the major constellations, and gives Biblical interpretations of each, backed by scripture references to support these interpretations. Included in the study is the text, star charts, lapbook, notebooking pages, and coloring pages. This makes it easy to use the study as a family, since there are plenty of activities for every age. With many scripture references for each constellation, parents can easily assign copywork or memorization as part of the study. Students are encouraged to keep a scrapbook, as a way of recording their findings from the study, and any additional resources they might use. Though additional resources can be used to enrich the study, it can definitely be used as a stand-alone. This allows a lot of flexibility with the study, and allows students to work through it at their own pace.
How We Used the Study
My boys and I decided to do the study together, with them filling out their notebooking pages as I read the text aloud. They then took their Bibles and looked up the scripture references on their own, which we later discussed together. Rather than making a scrapbook, we decided to just bind the notebooking pages together into journals so that they could personalize them and make them their own. The boys colored and decorated the pages as they saw fit, and used additional paper for scripture copywork and additional research. On occasion, after reading the text, they had their own ideas as to the symbolism of some of the constellations, so I allowed them to write their own interpretations as well, as long as they could find scripture references in support of their ideas. They loved being able to express their own ideas in this way, and really enjoyed “digging for the answers” in scripture.
In all, my boys really enjoyed this study. Although we have studied mythology and constellations before, they were happy to finally have a true, Biblical interpretation of the constellations rather than just a “fairy tale” view of them. I like the fact that the study often presented more than one explanation for the symbolism of each constellation, because it encouraged my boys to do their own research of the scriptures and form their own conclusions. They appreciated being able to create a journal of their research and findings that was distinctly their own. I think this study would be a fantastic addition to any homeschool, especially for students who are fascinated by astronomy, or have an interest in Biblical prophecy.
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About the Author
Dawnita Fogleman is a fifth generation Oklahoma Panhandle Pioneer. She and her husband, Paul, have six amazing children. They have homeschooled from the start and now have two graduated and starting their own businesses. With the family business and their little farm every day is a surprise. Dawnita blogs about life on the “funny farm” at FoglemanForerunner.com.