Astronomy is the first book written by Jeannie Fulbright and is also the shortest and easiest of the elementary series. This is the best book for first timers, especially if they are younger students. The vocabulary is not as difficult as some of the later books. Since this book is shorter, (it has the same number of lessons as the rest of the books, but the lessons are shorter) some students complete the book in just one semester and start on a second book later in the school year. This topic is a great one to explore during the summer months when the warm summer nights beckon us outside to marvel at the heavens. One summer, our family combined Exploring Creation with Astronomy with Jay Ryan's Signs and Seasons, and the whole family learned to read the summer night sky. It was a wonderful experience that we all remember fondly.
The projects in this book are just plain ole' fun! My personal favorite is the film canister rockets of Lesson 10. Of course, making ice cream in Lesson 12 comes in as a close second! Four lab supply kits are available for this book from Creation Sensation - a Deluxe Family Kit, a 2nd Student Kit, a Priority Kit (less expensive, but you have to find some of the items yourself) and custom built co-op kits for groups.
Exploring Creation with Astronomy is a wonderful book to use in a co-op! If you are considering using this book in a co-op setting, do not think that you will need to meet at night. The children will be learning so much at your meetings that they will surely be drawn to look at the night sky on their own. The lessons and projects are easy to use in a group setting. Bring a laptop and add free images and activities from the NASA website. Be sure and schedule a field trip to a planetarium sometime during the co-op. For a closing celebration, pool your funds and purchase a model rocket that the kids (and adults!) can take turns launching.