My kids love science – everything related to nature, how bodies work, what chemicals do, and, of course, getting to do their own experiments. We were recently sent a complimentary set of the science curriculum Considering God’s Creation from Eagle’s Wings Educational Materials. The set includes a teacher’s manual, student book, and an audio CD.
The lessons are designed to be hands-on and includes studies on:
- The Universe: Stars, Sun and Planets
- The Earth
- Non-Living Things: Rocks and Minerals
- The Plant Kingdom
- The Animal Kingdom
- Animal Anatomy and Physiology
- Man: Made in God’s Image
The boys and I started with the lesson on Insects (in The Animal Kingdom) since I thought springtime would be a good time of year to study those creepy crawlies. The lessons are set up in a way that makes it rather simple to teach multiple ages at one time. We work on the lessons twice a week and usually spend at least one week on a single lesson. Depending on the number of activities we decide to do, a lesson may cover two weeks instead.
Each lesson begins with some information in the teacher’s manual that can be read to the kids and then discussed. The information is presented in a way that’s enjoyable to read out loud – not textbookish at all. Then the kids can work on the activity pages, which usually involve some cutting and gluing (which they love). I have just one student book, but the copyright allows me to make copies for my own family’s use. I copy the pages we need to give one to each boy (even Robert, who just cuts little bits of paper all over my floor), and they’re each able to do the activity.
I don’t typically like crafts – anything involving scissors or glue – because they can make such a mess, and I hate to clean. With the Considering God’s Creation activities, though, I see the value of the activities in reinforcing the information. The boys can remember things much better after they’ve cut out the pieces of a grasshopper and glued them in the proper places on its body.
The lessons also include additional activities for further study. For example, the insects lesson suggests making an ant farm or collecting insects in jars. These activities take the learning a step further, and I like how the program reaches kid’s imagination and memory in this way – very effective!
In some curricula, I like to use the student book alone, but with Considering God’s Creation, I find the Teacher’s Manual to be a very valuable and necessary part of the lessons. The student book contains activity pages almost exclusively – all the information is in the Teacher’s Manual.
The audio CD includes several songs related to the different studies. We listened to a few of the songs, but the style is very folksy (think Peter, Paul, and Mary) and was more amusing to us than enjoyable. The CD is an accompaniment to the curriculum but isn’t necessary to get the full value from the student book and teacher’s manual.
The Eagle’s Wings website says that the curriculum is “adaptable for second to seventh grade,” but I’m also using it with my first-grader and have only had to offer him a little help with some of the cutting.
Considering God’s Creation is available for $29.95 and includes the digital Student Book, printed Teacher’s Manual, and audio CD. Thank you to Eagle’s Wings Educational Materials and The Old Schoolhouse Crew for sponsoring this review.
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