Monday, April 19, 2010

Creation Lessons

This is a review of the book, Creation: Thirteen 6-in1 Comprehensive Curriculum Lessons by David and Helen Haidle.
  
Creation contains 13 lessons that integrate math, English, science, art, spelling and physical activities to teach your children about God’s creation. Although it has been created for grades 1-4, it can be used as enrichment for older children.Lessons include:
  • God Creates Light
  • God Creates Sky
  • God Creates Water
  • God Creates Land
  • God Creates Plants
  • God Creates Sun, Moon, Stars & Planets
  • God Creates Sea Creatures
  • God Creates Birds
  • God Creates Animals
  • God Creates People
  • God Creates a Day of Rest
  • Creation Celebration
  • God’s Great Plan for You

The book includes a plan for teaching the book in four weeks, six weeks, thirteen weeks, or twelve weeks. However, using The Checklist and this book, you could use it as appropriate whenever you teach a particular topic, such as Astronomy, Botany, Geology, Animals, Human Anatomy, etc.

Each lesson includes a list of materials needed. I didn’t see anything unusual on the list, however, you will need to take some time to collect it before each lesson (or you could do it in the summer and package it for use later in the year). For example, in the Light unit, you’ll need a sheet of green construction paper, different kinds of seeds, an egg carton, some plants or various pictures of plants, some leaves, paper and pencil, wheat and flour (optional), peanut butter and peanuts, jelly, jam, fruit, trees or tree bark, flowers, newspaper, and cardboard.

Components of each lesson include:
An introduction which explains the lesson and what your child will learn
An object lesson (in the plant unit this is making a tree out of the newspaper)
A Bible lesson with a visual (Plant Unit includes a lesson on Isaiah 55:12 and Eccl. 2:5. Using the egg carton, seeds and some plants, the child identifies various seeds that grow into plants. Then they list all the different kinds of plants they can think of.)
Web links to additional resources. Some of lessons include links that contain advanced concepts, which can help make this curriculum multi-grade level. The plant unit link includes a pdf document with instructions, worksheet, and mini booklet on growing beans.
NOTE: I had trouble finding the link to the additional resources because the publisher left off the “/curriculum” at the end of the link. I did manage to find it and I’m posting it here. You might want to bookmark this link for later when you actually have the book: http://www.masterbooks.org/curriculum.htm
Next is a Math Connection. Sometimes these are a little contrived as often happens in unit studies. In the plant lesson, you use leaves as “money” to practice counting. Personally, I’d rather use real money. Another activity is counting the points on leaves.
Next is English Word Work. In this section, you work on parts of grammar and writing. Activities include such things as locating specific parts of speech in sentences, identifying root words or synonyms, creating a journal or newspaper, writing a list and more.
The Science Scene is the biggest section. This is what I love about the curriculum. Many moms I know are not big fans of science and curriculums tend to make it a bit complicated. These are simple experiments with simple instructions that make learning science fun. In the plant unit, you identify the parts of plants using real plants, you use object lessons to show from what plants we get our food, and you go grocery shopping to look for plant parts. Internet activities are included via the Web link. In the plant unit, these activities include spouting seeds, watching roots grow, learning about plant parts and photosynthesis, and planning a garden.
Finally, there is an Art Activity (this unit includes tree and leaf rubbings), an Extra Activity (pressing flowers), and Conclusion (includes a book suggestion: The Creation Story for Children; questions to answer, Scripture verses to read, and prayer)
Creation is a wonderful stand-alone curriculum for those who want to do unit studies, but not create their own. Or you can use it as a resource for ideas of enrichment activities to do with traditional textbooks and other curriculums.

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