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Teaching Classical Astronomy

Vol. 77, Prg. 16–20
September 17–21, 2007

Why should I teach my kids classical astronomy? This week, Michael Farris and author Jay Ryan discuss appreciating God’s glorious creation as your family studies the stars and constellations.

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The Biblical Basis for Astronomy
What is Classical Astronomy?
History Versus Folklore
A Visual Understanding of the Sky
Signs & Seasons

Jay Ryan

Jay has a bachelor’s degree in physics, but in 1995 he began learning and writing on astronomy. Jay has studied at length the “great books” of astronomy, including works by Plato, Aristotle, Ptolemy, Kopernik, Galileo, Kepler and Newton.

For five years, he was a contributing editor to Sky & Telescope magazine, creating the SkyWise comic strip. He is also the author of Cycles: An Introduction to Astronomy and Time, an educational comic book used in high schools and colleges around the United States and beyond, with over 40,000 copies currently in print.

Jay now devotes his work to the greater glory of God, for the benefit of Christian readers, particularly homeschoolers. Since 2002, he has written the Classical Astronomy Update, an email newsletter for Christian homeschool families as well as astronomy and other homeschool-related articles for Homeschooling Today, Homeschool Enrichment, and The Old Schoolhouse.

He is a frequent contributor to the homeschool channel at Crosswalk.com. His article “The Astronomy of Easter” was picked as one of the Crosswalk Top 6 homeschool articles for 2006.

Program Offer

This homeschool curriculum teaches the traditional, biblical basis for timekeeping and navigation. With lavish illustrations, Ryan challenges the “pagan influences” of astronomy with biblical and historical explanations.

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