Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Scientifically Speaking


We are diving head-first into science this year. We have done a smattering of science for many years, but not any formal teaching for some time. Units and various reports and studies, yes, but not anything that was systematic. Science is my greatest weakness and I admit it here in public!


So what's a homeschool mom to do faced with the real need for science? Well, first off, we are unabashedly early-earth creationists. We have a lot of the beautifully photographed DK Eyewitness-type books, fascinating Usborne resources, and others of similar sort--but they are all evolutionary in nature. This does not limit our use of them as I think it is important not to be fearful of what the rest of the world believes and I think it is important to understand why they do. We have no need to fear evolution. What is truth always comes to light.  As John 3:21 tells us, "But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God."


So what's this  homeschool mom going to be using? Well, I think you can plainly see what we discovered--and they are truly treasures. This set of books has been put together carefully with the light of scripture bearing upon all of its content. Not only is the information a blessing with its understanding from an early-earth, creationist perspective, but they are full of full-color photographs, detailed drawings, and explanations of the various processes.


We have begun The Fossil Book above and have already learned so much just in the first chapter!

Not only are the books solid on information that really bear out the truth, the website for Master Books offers free study guides for all the books. This has been really wonderful because I had been in a quandry just how best to use these books and they provided a brilliant solution.


Science is one of the most fascinating ways in which we glorify God. His mighty creation is what often showcases His glory--even in the fallen world we live in. Romans 1:18-20 is even more serious in its statements about God's creation:

"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse."


So what we teach our children, and what we believe about God's world has eternal impact. We need not fear the world's teachings, for God is not the author of fear, as 2 Timothy 1:7 tells us, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." He has equipped us as parents, through the Word of God, to train our children. Our science study this year is only one small part of that, but I am sure glad these resources are available to help me!


ClagettsFLStyle said...

I've used some of these books and I LOVED them.

We were doing a lapbook one time for stars. I had printed out some things from the internet I thougt would be informative and colorful to add. It wasn't until AFTER we had assemebled a part about how a star is born - copying from what I had printed off the iternet - and sat down to do our Science reading for the day, did I then find out that what we had written out was wrong.. it sounded so right, but seing it from a creationist point of you.. WOW. It's so easy to be convinced of something that isn't right. PTL for these wonderful books.

Mamma1420 said...

Now I see, you might want to check out Christine Miller's post- it's quite interesting. I really liked your Sept 11 tribute that was very nice. I've got to go blow my nose now.



BunnyBear said...

We read through the weather book in this series and we loved it. So many interesting facts about the earth that defend the Biblical account.