How To Make A Sundial.

One of my favorite things/reasons about Homeschooling is that there are countless opportunities where book lessons and Bible lessons collide!

We are studying the book of Genesis this year for our Bible time. The study is through WordAction via The Nazarene Publishing House. My girls participate in a Children’s Bible Quizzing program through our church. (I’m also the Quiizzing Director.) This program runs through the school year and offers a unique way to learn and memorize scripture in a healthy, yet competitive environment.

Coincidentally, while picking “curriculum” for the year our oldest decided that she would like to learn about space. This created the perfect way to begin the Bible study and our science on the same page! Literally!!!! Genesis 1:1!!!!

Last week we studied creation and this week we are studying the fall. However, we are still focusing on the stars and space aspect. Genesis 1:14 says, “God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years.”  God gave us the stars, moon and sun to help us know the time and seasons. As a way to show this we created a sundial!

Here is the “How To”…

What you need:
Paper – any thing will work, we used construction paper cover in clear contact paper to protect it from moisture and dew.
Straight Stick or Dowel rod
Decorating Supplies – optional

We decorated our paper and covered in clear contact paper. I wrote Genesis 1:14 along the bottom to help us remember what the project is all about. 
Next punch a hole through the center of the paper where the rod will slide through. 
Find a nice sunny spot in your yard and place the paper on the ground. Insert the stick in the hole and press into the soil to secure.
Throughput the day check your sundial and make a mark with the marker along the shadow line of the stick. Chart the time of day also.
By the end of the day you should end up with a clock pattern charted on the paper. You can use the first time mark to re-calibrate the dial each day. 

Another great resource that we used is to watch “Indescribable” by Louie Giglio. It was a little bit over the little ones heads but they loved seeing the images of space and the message ministered to my soul!

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