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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Considering God's Creation

In our homeschool we have used curriculum that we loved, liked, tolerated because we spent money on it, or hated and didn't finish it. With 9 years between our first two kids and our last three we have a lot of curriculum laying around our house. Some of it we will use again with the little girls and some of it is in a box to get rid of. Considering God's Creation is one of those books that I used with my older two and I was planning on using it again with my younger 3. So I was so excited to receive Considering God's Creation from Eagle's Wings to review for the Homeschool Crew.

Eagle's Wings Educational Materials was first started in 1987 by two homeschooling families. They wanted to provide materials to help homeschool families to stimulate their children's thinking, creativity, and learning. They now offer materials that cover Bible, Science, Phonics, History, Geography, and Math.

Considering God's Creation by Susan Mortimer and Betty Smith was first published in 1992. It teaches Natural Science from a biblical perspective to children grades 2-7. You will receive this 270 page reproducible student book, a 132 page teacher guide, and a free audio CD for $29.95. This book was written in a way the authors wished they had been taught science.

The 36 lessons about creation covers:
  • Universe
  • Stars
  • Solar System
  • Earth
  • Light
  • Sound
  • Wind
  • Weather
  • Clouds
  • Rocks
  • Plants
  • Insects
  • Mammals
  • Reptiles
  • Birds
  • Fish
  • Amphibians
  • Food Chains
  • Reproduction and Genetics
  • Human
  • Animal Anatomy
  • Physiology
This is a very hands on curriculum and the student book can be reproduced within a family or class. You may also purchase an extra student book for $13.95.

I knew we wouldn't have time to finish the book before the end of our scheduled school year so I asked the girls what chapter they would like to work on now & finish the book in the fall. It was unanimous they all 3 picked Chapter 20: Zoo Adventure. (I think they are secretly hoping that we make it to a zoo this summer). When finished with this chapter each student will have their own My Zoo Adventure Book. For each animal that is studied there is a Zoo Creatures page where the student can draw or glue a picture of the animal. There is also My Zoo Adventure page where the student chooses the classification, climate, habitat, diet, shelter, and other items the animal needs to survive. There is a little box beside each item to be checked & then the one that applies can be colored.

In each lesson the teacher book tells you exactly what you need before class, a list of vocabulary words, an introduction, an activity, bible selection, notebook section, and suggestions to dig deeper on the subject. Some lessons have evolution stumpers, or a song/poem that goes along with what is being studied and they are all sung on the audio CD. You can visit Eagle's Wings website to view other sample pages.

Teacher's Guide Sample
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This notebook style science book would be great for any family even if you have never used a note booking method. It is very easy to use with multi level children & the instructions are very easy to understand. My kids thought it was more for fun than actual school work.
Sail over to the Crew Blog to read what other member have to say about Considering God's Creation.

As a member of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine I received Considering God's Creation from Eagle's Wings Educational Materials free of charge to use with my children in exchange for my review.

1 comment:

Rodna Allman said...

I have this waiting to use with my son when he gets a bit older. I can't wait to use it.

i am stopping by from the scavenger hunt. Found yours!

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