- Series: Christian Kids Explore
- Paperback: 313 pages
- Publisher: Bright Ideas Press; Student edition (June 30, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1892427052
- ISBN-13: 978-1892427052
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
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Christian Kids Explore Biology *NOP Paperback – June 30, 2003
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I liked the philosophy of this author and many of the points she draws out in the lessons. But, unfortunately, after two lessons, I quickly realized that there were lots of holes in the curriculum and it was difficult for my kids to follow auditorily. There is no student book and the text would be way above their reading level if I were to copy it for them (which isn't legal since the text portion of the book isn't reproducible). I worked through several lessons and assembled additional materials and supplements so that the curriculum would be what I thought it should be.
Here's a quick example. Instead of clearly saying, "There are two types of cells: Eukaryotic and Prokaryotic. Animal and Plant cells are both eukaryotic, but they have some differences." The book says on page 8, "Eukaryotic cells have a particular organelle inside called the nucleus... and on pg. 9, "Some cells do not have a nucleus. They are called prokaryotic." No examples are given of what a prokaryotic cell would be. Then the assignment asks kids to label an animal cell and a plant cell, before first saying that both of these cells are eukaryotic because they have a nucleus. That was Lesson 2 in Unit 1. Honestly, I love the stuffing of this curriculum, but there just isn't enough of it and there are statements that are missing so that me (a non-science lover) can teach it easily. I was constantly running to the internet so that I could thoroughly explain the lessons to my kids. I had to clarify that there weren't more than two types of cells. I also wanted my kids to know the word "mitosis" which wasn't mentioned in the lesson at all.
So, where does that leave me? The reason I had switched because of my concerns about evolution and natural selection and how that teaching permeates secular science curriculum. I've looked for a curriculum that I like as well as Harcourt Science. Now I've tried two and have looked at many others. But Harcourt Science works for my kids and it works for me. As my oldest daughter said to me today. Mommy, "I know creation is the truth, but I like this book and how it teaches." So, I'm switching back through 6th grade and will find another curriculum to use for 7th grade and beyond...
As a side note, make sure you either get a copy of this book with a cd of the reproducible pages or you purchase a download of the reproducibles from the publisher's webpage if you're going to use this curriculum. This is a horrible book to try and copy from. The binding is very tight and it's not possible on my inkjet printer.
"Christian Kids Explore Biology" is a science curriculum which follows the teachings of "intelligent design" with the influence of the educational philosophies of Charlotte Mason and Classical Education.
The curriculum is divided into 35 lessons covering the topics of Biology Basics, Plants in God's World, Birds of the Earth, Mammals in the Wild, The Human Factor, Reptiles All Around, Insects High and Low, and Water Creatures. The lessons are divided into teaching time, checking it out, hands on time, quick quiz, memory work, vocabulary, coloring pages and "living books" to read. The curriculum contains notes for the teacher on "how to use this book" along with appendices including reproducible forms/maps, memorization lists, Scripture memory,ABC Animal Book, coloring pages, recipes/supplemental activities, answer key and book/resource list.
We are planning to follow this edition with the remaining books in the series on the topics of "earth and space, chemistry and physics" for science during the logic phase of the trivium.
This book comes from a creationist perspective without being over-the-top weird and preachy. I am a Christian, but am turned off by books or curricula that over-use Christ's name, almost to the point of irreverence. This book has a clear stance, yet doesn't dwell on that at the exclusion of real science. I feel my kids are learning quite a bit from this book.
We look forward to trying others by the same author in future years!