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Science in the Beginning

Genre: Creation Science

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Science in the Beginning

Science has always fascinated me, but I’m not particularly gifted at it. That’s why I want a science curriculum that doesn’t require a PhD to teach. The fact that I want something written from a biblical worldview tends to narrow down the options further. Imagine how excited I was to hear about Dr. Jay Wile’s new elementary science curriculum, Science in the Beginning!

Since it’s a brand new curriculum, I haven’t yet been through Science in the Beginning with my kids. I’ve read through the book, and I can’t wait to dive right in! Each lesson includes an experiment that is integral to the lesson. The lesson ends with questions and assignments for various age groups. The curriculum introduces several scientific areas of study such as physics, earth science, weather and water, astronomy, botany, and biology. It appears to be a solid introduction to science in general.

My Preview of Science in the Beginning

Things that I like the most about what I see in Science in the Beginning:

  • All of the experiment materials needed are listed at the beginning of the book. When they say that the experiments use common household items, they mean it. (Click to tweet.) Going through the list, there were only a couple of the things listed that I’ll need to purchase. The rest of it I already have on hand.
  • The ninety lessons of Science in the Beginning are divided up into six sections, with fifteen lessons corresponding to each day of creation. For example, the first fifteen lessons all relate to light, which God created on the first day of creation. I love how Dr. Wile uses the days of creation to tie lessons together and touch on so many areas of science.
  • While there are tests included in the “Helps & Hints” supplement, Science in the Beginning strongly recommends notebooking as a way to assess what the student has learned. From my own experience with my kids, I particularly like using science notebooks to help them articulate what they have learned and keep a record of what we’ve covered.
  • It’s designed for multiple ages, so if you have more than one child in the elementary grades, you don’t have to use separate curriculum for each child.
  • If an upcoming experiment requires preparation ahead of time, a note is made of that in the book before you come to that experiment. It’s nice to have a heads up so that I don’t forget to have everything ready to go.

There is only one thing about Science in the Beginning that I’m not sure about. It’s suggested for grades K through 6. While my two older kids will do just fine with the lesson text, I think a lot of it will be over my 5-year-old’s head. If you only have a younger student, you may want to consider something a bit simpler. However, if you have older students as well, it should be fine to include the younger kids in the lessons. Keep in mind that the youngest ones probably won’t grasp all of the lesson text though.

After reading through the material, I can honestly say that I expect Science in the Beginning to be a great fit for my elementary-age kids. I’m definitely expecting this to be an exciting year for our science studies!

Note: This is a preliminary review of Science in the Beginning. This review will be updated when the curriculum has been fully field tested.

About Teisha Priest

Teisha is a follower of Christ, wife to Aaron, and mother of four children. Teisha and Aaron are raising their children on the family homestead in Maine. Her mother homeschooled her during her junior high and high school years. She is looking forward to continuing the legacy of home education with all of her own children. She blogs at Teish Knits about anything and everything, and is also a contributor to Christian Fiction Book Reviews.

Last Updated: September 2, 2013

(5) Leave Your Opinion

  1. R. Clark
    October 8, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Can you tell me which theory Dr. Jay Wyle teaches in the book? My understanding he believes in theistic evolution and not a literal 6-day creation. Can you comment? Thank you.

    • Teisha Priest
      October 8, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      As we noted, I have not yet completed the entire curriculum with my kids. However, I did read through the book. Dr. Wyle refers to the Creation week in the text, and is pretty clear that God created everything. I don't recall reading anything that I felt was endorsing the theory of evolution. Hope that helps!

  2. Sarah Andrews
    October 12, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I have spoken with Dr. Wile himself in an interview and he states he is a young earth creationist.

  3. Daniel McCarthy
    January 3, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    With all due respect to those who are looking to this text to teach science, the position of "young earth creationist" just isn't scientifically supportable. I'm a Catholic, which I say only to put out there that I believe in God, and believe that I need the gospel to help guide my life. When it comes to science though, evolution and plate tectonics are pretty well verified ideas that do what successful science does - create testable ideas. As a science person, denying the validity of these ideas really bothers me - as a person of faith, I think that not teaching correct science just makes us look bad to our children if and when they come to understand that we taught them poorly.

    • Reina Shelby
      February 17, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      I am an orthodox Christian with a degree in Astrophysics. I also agree with Daniel that with current knowledge of science, it is not feasible that our Earth is only 6000 years old. By no means does that mean that our God did NOT create our world. Just because God created the world in "7 days" I don't take it literally. Before the Sun was created, how could there be a 24 hour day?! our God is so much bigger than us. I think we fail to see His glory when we try to force Him into our understanding of the world. Why should we force Him into 7 literal days when He transcends time and space?!

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Year:
2013
Contains:
hardback, 287 pages
paperback supplement, 47 pages
Retail Price:
textbook: $34.50
paperback teacher's supplement: $4.50
Recommended:
for K-6th grade
Worldview:
biblical
 
Pros:
really does use common items for experiments, good introduction to many areas of science
Cons:
will probably be a bit over the heads of most kindergarten or first grade students
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