Signs & Seasons: Understanding the Elements of Classical Astronomy

Signs & Seasons: Understanding the Elements of Classical Astronomy

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Sure, we all study astronomy in high school, but does the astronomy you studied help you to navigate, tell time, or even identify the planets as they appear to us in the sky? Probably not, if you, like me and many others, studied astronomy primarily as ½"modern astronomy" which offers dazzling telescopic photos of the planets, and information based on measurements made by astronomers. So, what's the difference? Classical astronomy is based on how humans on earth view the sky, and how we can learn the patterns of movement of the sun, moon and stars and apply this knowledge for practical use. This is the way astronomy has been studied for centuries, before we developed high-tech instruments to satisfy our never-ending curiosity about the surfaces of other planets, the structure of stars and planets, and what else is out there.

To fulfill this purpose, Signs & Seasons focuses on learning classical astronomy through the cycles of movement of celestial bodies and how these change through a day, a month, and a year. The course is written from a Biblical standpoint, and author Jay Ryan reminds us that keeping time through the days, months, and seasons were actually the purpose that the sun, moon, and stars were created. Seven chapters (and an epilogue) cover an introduction to the sky, day, night, the cycle of the month, the position of the sun in the sky and its' apparent movement to us, the cycle of the month, the seasonal stars, ½"wandering" stars (planets), and the calendar. Topics studied within include the divisions of the day, astronomical alignments, the circle of the meridian, phases of the moon, eclipses and why they occur, changes in the sky through the seasons, the motions of the planets, and much more. Historical information is woven throughout the text, which ties together what we observe in the skies today, and what ancient astronomers learned from viewing the same sky years ago.

Each chapter is formatted like a science text, with very readable, fascinating text accompanied by large, clear, grayscale illustrations that follow along and offer a visual component that matches the reading. The diagrams that show the movement of the stars are especially helpful, as they show their change in position over time, from the ground, so they should be similar to what you observe in the night sky. Quotes from the Bible, famous astronomers, and various other places are scattered throughout the text, and in keeping with the ½"classical" theme, historical woodcuts and vintage art also accompany the text.

Following the text portion of the book, you'll find a section of ½"field activities" to be used with each chapter. These include making and maintaining a field journal to record all of your observations, sketching diagrams of the sun, moon and stars and doing hands-on manipulative activities with a globe and cardboard models. Activities are given for all major topics covered which allow you to see the astronomical topics in practice and are sure to make them very memorable! Guiding questions accompany the observation activities and give students a guideline for their journal entries as they observe. Although there are no study or review questions found in the book chapters, keep an eye out for the accompanying workbook that will be available soon. An appendix at the end of the book holds a glossary, bibliographies of quoted authors, astronomical tables for viewing the stars and planets, a bibliography and index. So, if you think you've already covered astronomy, sit tight and enjoy this course which helps you understand what you actually see when you look up at the stars at night. 262 pages, hardcover. ½" Jess

Sure, we all study astronomy in high school, but does the astronomy you studied help you to navigate, tell time, or even identify the planets as they appear to us in the sky? Probably not, if you, like me and many others, studied astronomy primarily as "modern astronomy" which offers dazzling telescopic photos of the planets, and information based on measurements made by astronomers. So, what's the difference? Classical astronomy is based on how humans on earth view the sky, and how we can learn the patterns of movement of the sun, moon and stars and apply this knowledge for practical use. This is the way astronomy has been studied for centuries, before we developed high-tech instruments to satisfy our never-ending curiosity about the surfaces of other planets, the structure of stars and planets, and what else is out there. To fulfill this purpose, Signs & Seasons focuses on learning classical astronomy through the cycles of movement of celestial bodies and how these change through a day, a month, and a year. The course is written from a Biblical standpoint, and author Jay Ryan reminds us that the sun, moon and stars were actually created for keeping time, though we may rarely think of them in this way. Seven chapters (and an epilogue) cover an introduction to the sky, day, night, the cycle of the month, the position of the sun in the sky and its' apparent movement to us, the cycle of the year, the seasonal stars, "wandering" stars (planets), and the calendar. Topics studied within include the divisions of the day, astronomical alignments, the circle of the meridian, phases of the moon, eclipses and why they occur, changes in the sky through the seasons, the motions of the planets, and much more. Historical information is woven throughout the text, which ties together what we observe in the skies today, and what ancient astronomers learned from viewing the same sky years ago. Each chapter is formatted like a science text, with very readable, fascinating text accompanied by large, clear, grayscale illustrations that offer a visual component that matches the reading. The diagrams that show the movement of the stars are especially helpful, as they show their change in position over time, from the ground, so they should be similar to what you observe in the night sky. Quotes from the Bible, famous astronomers, and others are scattered throughout the text, and in keeping with the "classical" theme, historical woodcuts and vintage art are also used.

Following the text portion of the book, you'll find a section of "field activities" to be used with each chapter. These include making observations in a field journal, sketching diagrams of the sun, moon and stars and doing hands-on manipulative activities with a globe and cardboard models. Activities are given for all major topics covered which allow you to see the astronomical topics in practice and are sure to make them memorable! Guiding questions accompany the observation activities and give students a guideline for their journal entries as they observe. An appendix at the end of the book holds a glossary, bibliographies of quoted authors, astronomical tables for viewing the stars and planets, a bibliography and index.

To extend the learning experience of the textbook into an official high school science course for credit, you will probably want to use the Field Journal and Test Manual. For each chapter in the textbook, there are related hands-on and observation activities to complete. Many activities ask the student to sketch their observations, and a reproducible activity log is included in the front of the book so they can keep a record of the time they have spent watching the sky. Hands-on activities include making a backyard compass and making "volvelles" or paper wheel calculators that are used to simulate the motions of the heavenly bodies. In the introduction, the author reminds readers that they may not be able to complete all of the activities in order, due to the time of the year or weather conditions, so they may have to skip back and forth a bit to complete them. Eight chapter tests and test answers are included at the end of the book. The journal/manual is reproducible for individual family use only. 180 pages, pb.

So, if you think you've already covered astronomy, sit tight and enjoy this course which helps you understand what you actually see when you look up at the stars at night. 262 pgs, hc. - Jess




Primary Subject
Science
Grade Start
7
Grade End
12
ISBN
9780979221101
Binding
Laminated
Pages
280
Edition
Illustrated
Language
English
Ages
11+
Audience
Young Adult
Author
Jay Ryan
Format
Hardcover
Brand Name
Fourth Day Press
Weight
2.45 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.25" x 8.75" x 0.75"
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Part of my curriculum
Jennifer M on Aug 19, 2020
My curriculum recommends this and I like that it is a historical and Christian perspective on the signs and seasons.
Jeniver B on Jun 15, 2020
Part of my curriculum
Jennifer M on Aug 19, 2020
required for science class
Aaron T on Aug 10, 2020
My curriculum recommends this and I like that it is a historical and Christian perspective on the signs and seasons.
Jeniver B on Jun 15, 2020
Middle School Earth Science course. One of three texts use for the course.
Vanessa B on Feb 4, 2020
we are schooling by Ambleside Online which lists this book for grade 7 science/astronomy
Anna B on Jan 7, 2020
This the second time I've used this system. It is a true foundation for astronomy and for knowing about the world around you. My older daughter is taking a college astronomy course this year and said this really helped her out a lot. I recommend also using the lab book for high school students.
Karen W on Sep 25, 2019
My son wanted to learn more about astronomy.
Regina S on Sep 16, 2019
Recommended on ambleside online. Decided to try it.
Annamarie W on Sep 6, 2019
Our school requires it.
Lori B on Aug 15, 2019
Needed for homeschool curriculum
Andrea N on Aug 10, 2019
Meteorology course textbook from Biblical Worldview
Mitzi H on Nov 27, 2018
Highly recommended by our evaluator.
Cynthia B on Oct 29, 2018
Used with "A Gentle Feast"
William G on Sep 2, 2018
I read the information and decided that it is what I am looking for.
Carlos R on Sep 1, 2018
Required book for Ambleside Online course. Rainbow Resourse Center had by far the best prices, and the books are new, not used like you'd find on E-bay etc.
Kay R on Aug 27, 2018
I used this to teach our 7th grade co-op astronomy
Summer A on Aug 19, 2018
In Charlotte Mason curriculum
User on Aug 16, 2018
On the Ambleside list for Year 7 and RR had better (much better) prices on it new than even the used book prices! Very excited about finding it here.
Liz T on Aug 7, 2018
This looks like a great book - it looks very detailed and helpful to understanding astronomy.
Rosalee on Aug 3, 2018
class requires
Lisa K on Jul 25, 2018
We talked about it as a family and wanted to learn more about the stars.
Kristi B on Jul 16, 2018
As a science option for my highschoolers
Jessica S on Jan 23, 2018
I'm building a year of schooling for my granddaughter with an emphasis on astronomy, This text is just what I was looking for.
Linda F on Oct 18, 2017
Using is with Ambleside Online year 7
Christy C on Aug 28, 2017
It is part of the year 7 curriculum for Ambleside Online.
Jenni R on Apr 23, 2017
Christmas present for my nephew who is exploring star photography
Makayla B on Dec 18, 2016
Suggested resource by Ambleside Online.
Dawn T on Oct 3, 2016
Part of my curriculum
April H on Sep 26, 2016
school item needed
Maria M on Sep 11, 2016
Its necessary for Experience Astronomy online class
Courtney H on Sep 4, 2016
This book is the reccommended supplementation to the Experiencing Astronomy online course!
Michelle N on Sep 4, 2016
My teen is going to take the course at experienceastronomy and this is the recommended book
Maria B on Sep 2, 2016
It was recommended for an astronomy course my child is taking.
Lori M on Sep 1, 2016
Recommended reading for an astronomy class.
Ivy M on Aug 29, 2016
It was recommended by an online Astronomy class my children are enrolled in
Korinna A on Aug 29, 2016
My 8th grade son is using this book in our home school co-op.
Alyssa H on Aug 11, 2016
Recommended by subject requirement for school
Mary K on Aug 10, 2016
This book was recommended to go along with the online course Exploring Astronomy by Luke Gilkerson. He said, basically, that it was a great resource, and would round out his course.
W Alexis S on Aug 3, 2016
Needed for Co-op
Nathan L on Jul 30, 2016
for a homeschool astronomy class
Angela J on Jul 29, 2016
Part of the curriculum we are using
Donna S on Jul 25, 2016
Taking Astronomy this year.
Angela L on Jul 9, 2016
A textbook necessary for an online class.
Teresa S on Jul 4, 2016
My 9th grade son is not a science type of kid and this seems a good biblical based approach for his high school requirement.
Victoria C on Jun 29, 2016
We are taking Exploring Astronomy on line with Intoxicated on Life and need this book as a supplement.
Lisa T on Jun 23, 2016
This product had rave reviews and my daughter is wanting a high school astronomy class from a biblical view.,
Melynda B on Dec 29, 2015
Ambleside Online Year 7 book, cheaper than Amazon
Amy G on Dec 17, 2015
homeschool
Suzie B on Dec 2, 2015
Recommended by "Experience Astronomy" teacher as his favorite book. Assigned reading will be from this book.
Heather M on Oct 19, 2015
required for science class
Aaron T on Aug 10, 2020
Middle School Earth Science course. One of three texts use for the course.
Vanessa B on Feb 4, 2020
Would using this book and the field guide, journal give us enough for a full years science credit?
A shopper on Aug 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes! My son used this his senior year of high school. We absolutely love this curriculum and I had no qualms assigning a full credit.
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This course is jam packed with tangible ways to study the heavens. We love that it is creation based and the historical references throughout have been a great addition.
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This book was just what I was hoping for, to help us learn the constellations.
June 7, 2018
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Wow! What an amazing course! We did this when our kids were in 5th and 7th grades My 7th grader definitely got more out of it than my 5th grader but both have a deeper appreciation of the wonder of the constellations and the order of the heavens Just amazing It's one of those books you want to re-read later to improve your understanding; so we're holding on to our copy High schoolers would get a lot out of this; adults too! Thank you Jay Ryan!
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