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.
Last Updated: September 2, 2013
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