Master Books has a great elementary science curriculum written from a creation-perspective entitled Investigate the Possibilities. We just had the chance to look at part of this series: The Universe: From Comets to Constellations by Tom DeRosa and Carolyn Reeves.
The Universe set includes the following components:
- Full color, soft cover text book that contains the course material broken down into 20 lessons called “Investigations”
- Black and white Teacher’s Guide
- Black and white Student Workbook
What Students Will Learn
- Read about the historical discoveries of great scientists of the past like Kepler, Galileo, and Newton, and how their words impact us today.
- Explore astronomy from the first observations of space, the creation of the telescope, the history of flight, and more.
- Be encouraged in their faith, reading Scriptures that highlight God’s magnificent hand in creation.
- How to think critically about the subject, including making connections, digging deeper, and review sections with each lesson.
What We Like Best
We enjoy unit studies a lot in our homeschool and this set works wonderfully with an astronomy unit study. Summer is a great time to go stargazing and we intend to use our telescope over the next few months. This is a nice foundation for what we’ll be looking for in the sky, how God made it, how it works, and why we believe what we believe both spiritually and scientifically.
The hands-on activities included are great ways to visualize huge concepts of space, including planet orbits and stars expanding. Anytime we can demonstrate a science concept visually and also link it to Bible reference, that lesson is so much more likely to stick with my girls and have meaning for them. I love this approach to science!
The curriculum is geared for the elementary ages, but I think it is adjustable up to middle school as well. My oldest daughter is 12 and she enjoyed the material. My two younger daughters, ages 6 and 4, liked the experiments but some of the science was a little beyond them. They still liked looking at the pictures and talking about it, though.
Don’t miss the Facebook party tonight! It’s a chance to talk to other homeschool moms, learn more about the curriculum, and even win some prizes!
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