How did the stars get there?
But how did God put them there?
But how do you know, Mom?
Children are beautifully curious but sometimes it's so hard to find the answers to satisfy their minds! Apologia Press has published a beautiful book to help with some of those questions.
How Do We Know God Is Really There? by Melissa Cain Travis can be found on the Apologia website for $16. Our homeschool had just wrapped up with the Apologia Astronomy curriculum. Lauren is just six and enjoyed listening to our lessons but definitely needed something more on her level. This book is perfect for her. It was a little too long for our two year old but also interesting enough that my older girls (ages 12 &9) enjoyed reading it as well.
Written for children in grades kindergarten through third grade, this book tells a sweet story of a boy and his dad. Their end of the day chat turns serious when the boy asks his dad "how do we know God is there?" The dad turns to the stars to demonstrate to his young son that God is always, has always and will always be there. It also gives a great example of a father taking time out of his day to spend time with his son. We enjoyed the information about various aspects of space - from the Hubble telescope to the rings around Saturn.
With sweet illustrations and clear scientific explanations, How Do We Know God Is Really There? is a great way for parents to explain some of the questions young children may have. Learning the name of the planets is good but reaffirming that God is there for a young audience is the most important thing for our homeschool. The book goes beyond even that, giving young listeners a boost of confidence in sharing their faith with their peers who may question His existence. I would recommend this book to families who are studying astronomy or have young ones that may be questioning how God created the world. This is the first in a series of similar picture books and I'm looking forward to more. Beautiful job once again, Apologia!
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.