Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Eagles Wings - Considering God's Creation - Science - TOS Review

P.O. Box 502
Duncan, OK 73534
Considering God's Creation $29.95
Additional Workbook $13.95
Replacement audio CD $ 3.00
We've been checking out a great science program from Eagle's Wings Educational Materials, Considering God's Creation - A Creative Biblical Approach to Natural Science. 

This natural science program is an elementary earth and life science program adaptable for 2nd to 7th Grade.  The program includes a 272-page book plus a Teacher's Manual with a free audio CD.  All pages of both books are black and white.  Photocopying of workbook pages for your immediate family is permitted.  In addition to learning a lot about science, this program teaches your child to discern evolution and creation in things they read, watch and hear.

The Teacher's Manual includes:

Table of Contents

Lesson Plans:  The 36 lessons are intended to be used once a week for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.  The materials presented and the accompanying activities are easily adaptable to teach multiple ages of children at the same time.  This program can be used as a stand alone curriculum or in addition to any other science program.  You can even stretch out the program to cover 2 to 3 years or repeat the book again for review when your child is older and complete the "Digging Deeper" activities.  Review questions, crossword puzzles and notebooking are used to ensure mastery of the lessons.  Your child will practice handwriting, learn vocabulary, write compositions, learn Bible verses, learn poems and songs, do art-type activities and learn a bit of history all while having fun learning science.  Additionally, the completed notebook will be a great reference for your child to review and wonderful documentation for what your child has learned during the year.  And, even better, your child will learn all of these things from the perspective of a Christian worldview.

Creation (Lesson 1)

The Universe:  Stars, Sun and Planets (Lessons 2-4)
  • My Place in the Universe
  • Our Solar System
  • Getting to Know the Planets
The Earth (Lesson 5)
  • Our Planet Earth
  • Light
  • The Earth
  • The Atmosphere
Non-Living Things:  Rocks and Minerals (Lesson 6)
  • Rocks
  • Igneous Rock
  • Sedimentary and Metamorphic Rock
  • Becoming a Rock Detective
Weather (Lessons 7-9)
  • Sun and Weather
  • Air and Weather
  • Water and Weather
  • Rotation and Weather
  • Land and Weather
  • Clouds
  • The Speed of Light, Sound and Wind
The Plant Kingdom (Lessons 10-12)
  • Plants
  • Photosynthetic Plants
  • Fungus Plants
  • Trees
  • Plant Ecology
The Animal Kingdom (Lessons 13-21)
  • Insects
  • Spiders
  • Introduction
  • Fish
  • Reptiles
  • Birds
  • Mammals
  • Zoo Adventure
  • Amphibians
Animal Anatomy and Physiology (Lessons 22-26)
  • Animal Structure
  • Animal Food Chain
  • Animal Reproduction/Genetics
  • Animal Instinct, Vision and Brains
  • Animal Ecology
  • Extinction
  • Whales
Man:  Made in God's Image (Lessons 27-36)
  • Man - Reproductive system
  • The Cell
  • Man--Skeletal System
  • Man--Digestive System
  • Man--Circulatory System
  • Man--Respiratory System
  • Man--Nervous System
  • Man--Integumentary System
  • Man--Endocrine System and Excretory System
  • Man--Muscular System
  • Scientists
  • Reviews
  • Additional Resource Suggestions
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Answers to Word Searches
  • Answers to Crossword Reviews
The lesson plans in the Teacher's Manual are easy to follow and very comprehensive. Another great part of the program is that materials needed to teach the lessons and do the activities are minimal and inexpensive. 

Peek at the plan in the Teacher's Manual for Lesson 1:
Preparation: Items needed.
Vocabulary: Definitions of terms "consider" and "creation".
Introduction: General overview of the study of God's creation.
Song/Poem: And God Was Pleased!
      On the first day of creation,
      God made the dark and light,
      And He called it day and night.
      And God was pleased.
(The poem then continues through each of the days of creation.)
Bible Reading: Scriptures for your student to look up.
Notebook: This section is for doing some special projects throughout the program (pop-up pages, little booklets, "Detective" pages)
Evolution Stumpers: Scientific facts that support creation and question evolution.
Review: Review questions and answers.
Digging Deeper: Suggestions for further activities, research and related materials.(such as write a newspaper article to evidence for creation, write a book report on a book about creation, visit the Creation Evidence Museum, etc.)

Our thoughts: 
My 14 year old daughter really liked the setup and activities of this program.  Not often do I hear her say curriculum is "really cool".  She really liked the topics covered, the variety and the activities.  According to her "this is fun!"  The notebooking is new to us, but she actually wanted to do it even though she's not fond of writing.

I really liked the Teacher's Manual too.  Except to review before sitting with her to do a lesson, there really was very little preparation required of me.  This was a great time-saver.  I only worked with one child, but I can see how this would be a great program for someone with multiple ages to teach.  The material covers soooo much.  This will probably be one we use again for review.  If I had several children using the program at the same time I would probably get each child a workbook so that I wouldn't have to do so much copying.  I do, however,  like that it is permissible to copy the materials for your immediate family.  The songs on the CD are catchy and helpful, even if they are a little simple.  All in all this is a really creative and biblical way to teach science to elementary and even older students.  The price of this program is incredibly cheap for what you get.  This is definitely a good one to check out.

Click here to listen to CD excerpts
Click here to see Student and Teacher's Manual Sample Pages 

Click here to order Considering God's Creation from Eagle's Wings

As a member of the TOS Review Crew I received a free copy of these materials (Workbook, Teacher's Manual and CD) to use in order to provide a review of the materials. I received no further compensation. I was not obligated to provide a positive review.

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