today our subject is
REACHING HEARTS. TEACHING MINDS.
Building a solid foundation from
CONSIDERING GOD'S CREATION
It's the end of May and the end of the school and my last review for the 2010-2011 Crew Review year. What a fun and fast year this has been. I have had such a wonderful time reviewing all the new curriculum's, books, and programs. What a blessing it has been. So, my last review of the year...
Science from a Biblical worldview. We have been looking, for some time, for a new science curriculum that was easy to use and didn't require a lot of extra preparation on my part. I have also been looking for something that would be a good fit for my 10 year old who is a visual/hands on learner. He grows easily frustrated with materials that require too much read without visual or hands on application. Workbooks seems to open the doors of understanding more fully for him. That is when the Lord opened the door to us to review Considering God's Creation - A creative biblical approach to natural science.
Ding, ding, ding!!! Thank you Lord. Once I received Considering God's Creation I was impressed with two things: 1) The Teacher's Manual that did all of the work for me and 2) the absence of paragraphs upon paragraphs of reading expected of my child. When you open your students workbook you will find an almost encyclopedia full of science pictures and activities that visually stimulate the student to SEE what they are learning.
Throughout the child's text they are activities to physically put together to see how each part works with the other. They given opportunities to go on 'field trips' to the zoo first at home with pictures of zoo animals, then actually discovering these animals up close and personal at the zoo in your area. They become 'Science Detectives' actually experiencing what they are learning. For example spending a day or two watching the clouds.
The pages of my student's workbook are meant to be reproduced for them to write on, cut and paste, draw, journal, answer questions, play games, and chart. There is also a Teacher Manual that is just as easy and clear to use as the student workbook.
Each lesson consists of 1 or all of the following:
- New vocabulary words
- A short introduction read by the teacher on the new subject matter
- Bible reading
- Work in the notebook
- Evolution stumpers
- Song/Poem that is accompanied by a CD in the Teacher's Manual
- Digging Deeper - which are suggestions of physical activities you can do to increase understanding of the lesson even more fully. i.e. go fishing, to the zoo, research, look up scriptures, etc.
The Teacher's Manual is just full of information to share with the student. We have enjoyed this curriculum so far. I was not able to dive into the entire text due it falling at the end of our school year but we have enjoyed what we have learned so far and will continue using it with my 5 year old loosely and my 10 year as his full science curriculum for the upcoming year. CGC is adaptable for 2nd to 7th graders. I have to say my 5 year old loves to learn along with us. She loves to cut and paste and I am able to help her fill in the blanks so that she can learn right beside her brother.
You can find this curriculum and more at http://eagleswingsed.com/.
- Student Workbook and Teacher's Manual is $29.95
- CGC Workbook $13.95
- CGC Audio CD $3.00
Created by Homeschoolers [that were homeschooled missionaries] with your homeschooling needs in mind. Easy-to-use, hands-on approach, with the benefits of workbooks
Other products available from EW are phonics, state capitals, math, and christian history. Enjoy!
From My Heart to Yours,
The only thing that would make this curriculum even better for me as teacher is to make a cd-rom of the student text to make printing copies for each child even easier. Otherwise, we are pleased.