The Sky’s the Limit

Amuse them today by lifting their eyes to the sky. Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.” That’s an interesting thought, isn’t it? The Lord asks us to pray “Give us this day our daily bread.” It’s that daily sustenance that maintains our bodies. Emerson suggests the sky is God’s daily provision for our eyes- ever changing yet always beautiful; something we can look at every day for the rest of our lives and we’ll never see the sky look the same way twice.

Beginning today, take a moment with your children to look at the sky every day and observe the infinite variety of hues, clouds and intensity that makes the sky ever-changing. Perhaps your children would like to make a little sky journal with a small 3″ x 3″  sketch of each day’s different sky. Keep it in a small blank book, journal or notebook along with the date of each drawing.

And then of course there’s the night sky with it’s constancy- the same stars and constellations that we see each night as they parade across the sky on their annual journey. Men have learned the names and seasons of the constellations throughout recorded history. Your children will enjoy knowing at least 3 or 4 key constellations just as much ancient navigators. Start with two of the simplest star clusters- the Big and Little Dipper. Then learn to find the 2 or 3 brightest planets in the night sky.

Discuss one or two of the many “sky sayings”: the sky is falling, sky high, blue sky, big sky country, pie in the sky or learn the ancient mariner’s weather rhyme: Red sky at night, sailors delight. Red sky at morning, sailors take warning.

Genesis 1

Psalm 19:1

Matthew 16:2-3

Acts 1:10-11

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    Missy said,

    Love your new blog and all the creative ideas! 🙂 I will make sure to check back OFTEN to read more. 🙂

    Wishing you and Jane a beautiful weekend~


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