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Introducing scientific concepts in the context of history, the days of creation are used as a structure through which a wide variety of scientific topics are introduced, including: light, energy conservation, air & water, botany, the solar system, zoology, and some aspects of human anatomy and physiology.
A total of 90 lessons are included; 15 for every creative day in the Genesis account. The first 12 are "normal" lessons and the last 3 are challenge lessons. Depending on how much science you wish to teach in your homeschool, there are enough lessons to cover every other day for the length of a school year, or, you can finish the book by only doing two lessons a week (and skipping the challenge lessons).
Students will love the hands-on activity that begins each lesson. Most are experiments (that have been field-tested for homeschoolers!), and include step by step directions to keep you on track. As this curriculum was designed for all elementary-aged students to use together, the main lesson text takes a conversational, easy-to-read tone that all students can comprehend; illustrations and photographs are integrated throughout. A review assignment closes the lesson; questions are grouped for "youngest, older, and oldest" students. Students are to keep a notebook, and activities include both drawing and writing type notebook assignments. For evaluation, the notebook or oral questions can be used; tests are not in the text, but are in the helps and hints book.
Experiments use common household goods, though for some items that may not be on-hand, a list is provided at the beginning of the book. A full materials list for each creation-day chapter is also included for easy preparation.
The "Helps & Hints" book accompanies the primary text. Divided into three sections, this book will provide helpful notes on the lesson and experiments in the textbook, tests for each "day" of the creation week, and answers to the tests.
This curriculum is designed for elementary students in grades K-6.
This kit includes:
- Science in the Beginning Text, 299 pages with glossary and index. Hardcover.
- Science in the Beginning Helps & Hints Book, 48 pages, softcover.
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Number of Pages: 347
Vendor: Berean Builders Publishing, Inc
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Series: Berean Builders Elementary Science
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Ali2 Stars Out Of 5Not for visual learnersApril 13, 2015AliQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I flipped through this curriculum in the bookstore and loved the bright pictures and the daily experiments/activities. I also loved that the review at the end of each lesson broke it down for different age groups since I have a 2nd and 6th grader. However, once we actually started the curriculum, my "love" quickly faded. My kids and I are all visual learners. The experiments were a big hit. The textbook itself was a failure. There are very few diagrams to help you understand the concepts. For instance, he explains the water cycle in words (lesson 20). I had to pull out Dr. Seuss' "Oh Say Can You Say What's the Weather Today?" and show them the diagram in that book. There were multiple times that I would read a paragraph and say, "Wait, let me read this again" because I didn't get it the first time (and I have a BS in Biology and an MS in Human Genetics). I had college and graduate school science books that had more visual aids than this book. The bottom line is that my kids liked the experiments, but hated the textbook. They both had this look of dread when I pulled out science for the day. We ended up dumping this curriculum over Christmas break and finished the year by checking out living books from the library. They are much happier.
Mom of 45 Stars Out Of 5Love this science curriculumJanuary 7, 2015Mom of 4Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have 4 girls (11, 8, 6, and 3), and they joyfully come when we get this book out. I have many science curricula, but have not stuck with any of them for various reasons, but I feel this one is a perfect fit for us. I wanted something where we felt we were moving along, one lesson per day, easy to prepare (I've had all the experiment supplies on hand), quick lessons with content, information presented in a way that the children actually retain it, and a review that included the option to notebook - with the notebooking activities laid out for me. This has all of that, and my girls are loving the notebooking so much that they have applied that on their own to their other subjects. We love the fun experiments that actually work and help explain the concepts, and the girls are excited to tell Daddy all about it when he gets home. They have gotten the supplies out again to show him the experiments, and have been able to retain information from previous lessons and explain to him what they are doing. I'm impressed! I love that we can complete a lesson a day, there is a feeling of accomplishment that we weren't getting from other books where the chapters are broken down into lessons. For me, it helps me feel like we are moving forward. The reading is enjoyable and meaty (no extra fluff), well presented & clear, and I'm enjoying it, which means it doesn't get left for last like science has in the past!
AmyMarylandAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Dr. Wile, Thank you!January 4, 2015AmyMarylandAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Science in the Beginning by Dr. Jay L. Wile
Eureka--I've found it!! If you are searching for a fun, easily prepared, multi-level, God-centered science learning adventure then look no further. Dr. Wile takes younger students through a memorable science learning experience following the six days of Creation in his text Science In The Beginning. Some of the great scientific topics coordinating with each day of Creation include Light & Energy, Water & Air, Rocks & Plants, The Sun & Solar System, Fish & Birds, Land Animals & Humans. Each lesson begins with a science experiment using household items that this busy mom of 9 could get her hands on quickly. I loved the joy and excitement that our children (grades 6th, 4th, 3rd, & 1st) displayed whenever I would say, "Time for science." They would run to get their science journals (that contains drawings of experiments and answers to objective questions) and they always looked forward to trying out the experiments. The experiments are awesome! Yes, you get to burn things up and explode things and, well, I don't want to give it all away. The multi-level questions and assignments at the end of the lesson aided me in determining if the lesson objectives were learned and also challenged my oldest with a deeper search for more scientific knowledge. I love the colorful, hardback text, and the Helps & Hints handbook. (I recommend reading the Help and Hints book before each lesson and experiment, as it helps with the success of the experiments and guiding the students to a better understanding of the learning objectives) We were blessed to learn so much about God's world and Creation together in a fun and memorable way. Thank you, Dr. Wile!
This is an amazing science curriculum!5 Stars Out Of 5An amazing Christian science curriculumNovember 20, 2014This is an amazing science curriculum!Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5We have 6 kids, the 4 kids between 8 and 12 are using it. Science in the beginning is so awesome and fun! As a physician, I have struggled to find curriculum with good range and depth that is from a Christian perspective without asserting specific theological positions. This curriculum is exactly what I have been seeking! It is also very friendly for large families because of the 3 levels of response at the end of each lesson. Each of my kids have a blank sketch book to draw or write their responses to each lesson. I don't have to worry about spending tons of money to purchase workbooks or lapbooks for each child. My life as a mom of many is simplified! Each lesson takes us about 45 min to 1 hour, including the experiment, depending on how much discussion we have. The length of the lessons results in very manageable chunks for busy families! I can pick up the book, and do a lesson anytime, it is that easy. Very little prep time on my part. We love that every lesson has an experiment, and that they are TRULY easy to do with every day items around the house. I have not had to go shopping for science experiment supplies at all. The kids often say "Wow! That's so cool!" when we do the experiments. Perhaps most exciting of all, I see them applying their new knowledge to their observations of the world around them. Using knowledge from the light lessons, my 10 year old came to the correct conclusion on his own as to why sunsets appear the way they do. These lessons stick! You will truly enjoy Science in the Beginning, especially if you have many kids in a wide age range to teach together. Thank you Dr. Wile!
Sarah4 Stars Out Of 5Great for lower elementaryJuly 8, 2014SarahQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3We just got done using this book for our kids in grades 2, 4, and 6. I really liked that the kids studied a variety of topics (based on what was made on each day of creation). I also appreciated that the experiments usually used things that were already available around the house and usually required little prep work. Some of the experiments were pretty amazing, others more simple. The teacher's guide included tests, something else I really appreciated since I didn't have to make up my own.
I had mixed feelings about the complexity level of this book, which is why I didn't give five stars. At times I was thankful that scientific concepts were explained in a very easily understood manner, but other times it was TOO simple. There were lessons that basically felt like wasted lessons, such as the lesson that was solely about how many legs different creatures have. For this reason, I would recommend this book for the lower elementary levels.