Star Chronicles: A Bible-Based Study of the Stars {A Review}

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The stars and constellations have been a serious interest of mine for most of my life, from adolescence through adulthood. I have studied them off and on, but the ordeal was always so overwhelming that the studies never lasted long. The task of digging through cultures and religions trying to find my way to the basic facts and discern what it meant for me as a believer was just one I could never quite find the time or the focus for.

Needless to say when I saw a post roll across my Facebook feed for Star Chronicles: A Bible-Based Study of the Stars by Dawnita Fogleman from Fogleman Forerunner, I was thrilled! I even wrote the release date on my calendar…lol! Then HaShem smiled on me even brighter and gave me a chance to review a copy. Yet and still I was not prepared for the wealth I found within this book.

What is Star Chronicles: A Bible-Based Study of the Stars?

Star Chronicles is an extremely versatile astronomy study that can be used as both a homeschool or personal science study and a homeschool or personal Bible study. The versatility doesn’t stop there though. The time you take in going through the study can be customized as well using either a 13 week track or studying it monthly for a full year. Either way your family will be enriched by the discoveries contained within and inspired by these pages.

It is a unit study that includes a star study on the constellations and discusses their relation to Bible prophesy. It contains the book, star charts, lapbook, notebooking pages, and coloring pages, all of which are VERY useful in personalizing and expanding this study if so desired. Most importantly to me though, it is completely devoid of zodiacs, astrology, and horoscopes! Occasionally small tidbits of mythology are mentioned, but only as beneficial in the context of the study and no more than you would get from simply studying ancient history in general. It was so refreshing to be able to go through the basics of the stars with my children with a free conscious, knowing I wasn’t flooding their milk-fed Faith with such paganism!

How we are studying Star Chronicles: A Bible-Based Study of the Stars

When I received this book, I had the honest intention of going through a few units so that I could give an honest opinion of the product and then putting it to the side to be used in our curriculum next year as a big part of our homeschool science. Once I printed the book, however, and started digging through the pages my plan morphed into something completely different! So I made binders for each of us {Yes, mama got a binder too ;)} and we dug into the entire study over the course of a month.

Star Chronicles Study Binders via @TheTorahGarden

I let each person go through the material as printed with no extra research whatsoever doing about 3 constellations per week. {Please note that we have finished most of our main curriculum for the year and had plenty of time for this. I would not recommend doing more than one constellation per week to get the most out of this study and to give the children some room to expand on what they are learning.} This worked well for us because we are transitioning from traditional schooling and my children are still learning to freely explore in their education, so when we learn in increasing waves they absorb information better.

Each child got to share their favorite parts, make notes on what they learned, and make a list of the things that they were curious about and wanted to learn more on. Then we made ring bound lapbooks that will serve as the foundation for the other projects that we will be doing with this book going forth. For this I simply took some file folders, cut the front and back apart, and gave each constellation its own “page” that was cut a bit shorter than the cover and back. I used the rings so it would be easier to add to as we continue this study.

Lapbooks for Star Chronicles study via @TheTorahGarden

My children had a GREAT time and thought it was really “cool” that God did all of that! To be honest, I’m not really sure I’ve seen them this interested in anything other than their own personal interest areas all school year! I personally was greatly impressed at the amount of information present in this book without any additional research needing to be done! Because of all that is included in this book, I feel confident in saying that you could very easily to this study in the 13 week format without anything needing to be added to it. At most you may want to locate some additional pictures for more curious children to look at {I recommend YOU do this as many of the pictures associated with the constellations are NOT kids friendly in my opinion} and of course do some star gazing at night. In the monthly format, however, you will likely want to add some 3 dimensional type projects or hands-on learning modules to get the most out of it.

We will be doing both! Our quick once through was enough to wet our appetites and get us familiar with the concepts and the process of relating them to the Bible. We just finished the entire book and are spending time now, just soaking in all that we have been introduced to. Then on May 5th, God-willing, we are going to start a 14 week star study {1 week on Babel, 1 week for each constellation, and 1 week for the The Story itself} using Star Chronicles: A Bible-Based Study of the Stars. We would be thrilled if you would come study with us!

I look forward to sharing more on this study with you as we continue to dig deeper into these pages. Be sure to visit the pages for the 14-week study and the full year study and let me know if you are joining in with us. And if you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments and I will do my best to answer them for you.

Surrendered to Him~
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2 Responses

  1. Dawnita

    I love your folder notebooks! Fantastic idea! Thank you so much for reviewing. You have become a precious friend. Your review has inspired & humbled me. GOD is soooo good! >hugs<

    • ~rose~

      It has been such an honor to be a part of this! I am truly grateful God introduced us dear sister. I have gleaned much from you.~

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