It’s hard to find science books and lessons that don’t revolve around the theory of evolution. I’m always having to edit out millions of years, and how humans are related to animals and plants.
That’s why I was really excited to try this new Christian Homeschool Science Curriculum.
As part of a sponsored post from Kendall Hunt Publishing I received a Free copy of ByDesign. All opinions are honest and I was not required to give a positive review.
ByDesign Christian Science Homeschool Curriculum
When my ByDesign Science set came in the mail I flipped through all of the materials; Student Edition, Science Journals, and Teacher Edition. The first thing that really stood out was the beautiful images. There were no cartoons and very few drawings. Everything was pictures of real animals, plants and examples of scientific principals.
When using the curriculum, I included all of my children in the lessons. Although I received 1st grade, my kindergartner was captivated by the images in the book and was happy to sit and listen as we took turns reading.
The teachers guide is very complete and offers lesson plans to schedule your learning. We like to take an interest-driven approach so I just read a couple pages and then asked my children if they’d like to hear more. We continued reading a whole section. My 1st-grader, Audrey, continued to flip through the book looking at the pictures and asking questions. That’s what science is all about, right?
Right off the bat, the book attributes God as the maker of all living things. Throughout the book there are scripture references for Bible study and questions that help children connect the Bible to science. We LOVED it!
The book is well organized so you can easily find extension activities, scripture verses, and questions to ask your children.
For each main section there are science journals to help children go through the scientific process for the concepts they are learning in the text.
The first section of the student edition is about living things. We read the section about plants and decided to go one of their ‘Explore-a-lab’ activities.
We enjoyed a nature walk collecting leaves and other plant material to take back home and sort.
This activity was the kind that you can break up and make it last the whole week. That way you can keep up with all your other lessons, or you can combine this science curriculum into your writing, reading, and math lessons. There are ideas for all of that in the teachers manual!
Next we sorted all the things we collected and talked about the different things we found. I asked my children if they knew some of the plant names of the things that we found. They knew a few, but had no clue what some of them were.
As we made prints of the leaves, I continued to remind my children what we read in the ByDesign book about plants, the different parts, what they need to live, and what day of creation God made them.
We labeled our prints so we could remember what kind of trees they were from and it was great time! I can’t wait to explore the rest of the book with my children and learn more about God’s beautiful creation! Why not join us and purchase a copy today!
Christian Homeschool Curriculum from Kendall Hunt
Although this is a publication of the Seventh-Day Adventist church, I found that all of the Biblical Principals in this science curriculum were in-line with my non-denominational Christian Faith.
Kendall Hunt also provides faith-based programs in Reading Language Art called (Pathways) and a New Kindergarten program (Stepping Stones). In addition, Kendall Hunt offers Talented and Gifted programs in mathematics (M2 and M3) as well as products developed in collaboration with the CFGE (Center for Gifted Education) College of William and Mary in subject areas such as language arts, social studies, and science.