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Moving Beyond The Page ~ Review

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Moving Beyond the Page provides literature-based homeschool curriculum, on a vast number of topics, in the areas of language arts, social studies, and science. Their curriculum is broken down into a series of units, organized by age level, from ages 4-5 all the way up through ages 14-15. Their unit style works particularly well for gifted and hands-on learners. My family has recently had the opportunity to use a couple of the units from their 10-12 age group, the language arts unit, Albert Einstein, and the accompanying science unit, Force and Motion. Today, we are happy to share our experience and review.

About the Curriculum

The Moving Beyond the Page curriculum is broken down into concepts covered over the course of the year. Each of these concepts is further broken down into a series of smaller units. These units each cover one particular theme relating to the main concept. The concepts and units can be studied in any order, however, allowing a very personalized learning experience for each child. The units can each be used independently, though some (like those my family has chosen) have also been written to work in conjunction with each other.

Each unit includes a Note For Parents page, which describes the structure of the curriculum, explains each component of the lessons, and provides a sample week’s schedule. It goes even further to explain the structure of each lesson, and finally, an example of a typical day, and time allotments for unit activities.

Each lesson is then clearly laid out in the curriculum guides, with checklists to ensure you have everything you need, ideas to think about, and things to know before you get started. The lesson then begins with the reading passage and accompanying questions, a series of corresponding activities, and finally a “wrapping up” section for reinforcement or further study.

Albert Einstein

einsteinThis language arts unit is available in either printed ($48.93) or online ($44.87) form, which includes the curriculum and all additional required materials. For the purpose of this review, we were given the online version. The unit is broken down into 8 lessons, plus a final project. It is made to accompany the biography, Albert Einstein by Kathleen Krull.

The lessons not only help guide students through the book through the use of lesson review questions, but also provide opportunities for activities such as mapping of various countries in which Einstein lived and worked, constructing a timeline of his life, research of other notable scientists that influenced Einstein, and much more. In the final project, students will use all that they have learned in order to construct a biography scrapbook of Einstein’s life and work.

Also included with this unit is a Rummy Roots card game, which is written right into the activities section of the unit. This game teaches children ages 8 and up 42 different Greek and Latin roots, providing an excellent vocabulary builder. The curriculum also includes a vocabulary list, as well as weekly spelling lists to correlate with the unit, making this an all-inclusive language arts curriculum.

 

Force and Motion

Force_motion_graphicThis science unit is also available either in printed ($50.07) or online ($46.01) form, which includes the curriculum, accompanying book, and experiment kit. The unit’s 8 lessons and final project are made to accompany the book The Quest for Personal Best: Individual Sports by Lisa Greathouse. Through the study of various sports and the athletes that participate in them, students are introduced to several physics concepts. Some of the fascinating topics covered include gymnastics and balance, bicycles and friction, skateboarding and gravity, and more.

Like the literature unit, this curriculum provides a series of review questions related to the required reading book, but then goes further by providing a variety of hands-on activities for reinforcement. In this unit, that includes a number of worksheets (included within the unit) plus simple experiments, which use the items from the experiment kit. Because this unit covers force and motion, the experiments involve simple activities such as using a spring scale to measure mass, using marbles to demonstrate Newton’s Laws of Acceleration, or a ball drop experiment to illustrate directional changes. The curriculum provides all necessary instructions for conducting these experiments, as well as forms for students to record their data and conclusions.

This unit also includes a list of vocabulary words covered in the study, as well as a unit review sheet to ensure understanding of the unit’s key concepts.

How We Used it & Our Final Opinion

We decided to follow the units as suggested in each of the curriculum guides, and I must say, the suggested schedule was very helpful in implementing the studies. I was admittedly overwhelmed at first receiving the curriculum, but after reading the introduction notes and suggestions, it was very easy to get up and running. I was also a bit nervous at first about the amount of hands-on work, as my youngest can sometimes get sensory overload by too many activities. However, this curriculum was extremely well balanced, providing plenty of reading and written work in addition to the fun experiments and activities. The hands-on activities are long enough to enforce the concept, but short enough to keep students focused and on task. Follow-up report forms are also helpful in ensuring students understand the purpose of the experiments, and how to interpret their findings.

As the parent, I loved the fact that everything was either included with the kit, or involved simple, household items. For activities that involved outside sources, such as online articles, everything was provided right in the curriculum, which saved a lot of time searching for resources. Having everything all in one place made teaching a breeze. It made it so easy, in fact, that older students could even use this curriculum independently, with minimal parent assistance.

This curriculum makes learning even difficult concepts easy and fun. I would definitely recommend this not only to typical hands-on learners, but to all homeschoolers. With the wide variety of subjects available, parents are sure to find something that appeals to every child. And, with the clear explanations and easy to follow instructions for each unit, it really takes the stress out of lesson planning. My boys definitely enjoyed this curriculum and are asking for more units from Moving Beyond the Page!

 

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Poppins Book Nook for April: Around the World in 80 Days

Welcome back to the Poppins Book Nook virtual book club. The theme for this month is “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” and we chose the classic Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne for this month’s selection. This classic book is one of my favorite adventure novels, and we were very excited to explore it together.

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There are a couple of different means of travel discussed in the book, trains and steamboats, both of which are powered by steam engines. Because my sons are inquisitive about how things work, we decided that this month, rather than a craft, our main project would be to do a little research to find out exactly how a steam engine operates.

I designed a simple drawing, based on a train engine, which I then put onto a notebooking page so that the boys could write all about the inner workings of a steam engine. Click the graphic below to download the notebooking page!

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The best resource we found for learning how a train’s steam engine works is this Locomotive Engine animation and information page from Animated Engines. (There are a lot of different animations on this site, so plenty of great information here!) The boys really enjoyed the site, and with the easy explanations, they were able to record their findings on their notebooking pages.

Here are a few other sites with great information:

Steam Engines:

A Brief History of the Steam Engine

Steam Engine History at about.com

Trains:

History of the Railroad: Inventor George Stephenson

Steamlocomotive.com – this site is full of information about different types of trains, and even has some virtual tours of museums and railways!

History of Railway Innovations

Transportation History: The Steam Locomotive

Railroad History Timeline

Steamboats:

The History of Steamboats at about.com

The Belle of Louisville – read about the history of the oldest operating steamboat in the world (100 years old this year!)

John Fitch: builder of first steam-powered boat

Robert Fulton: producer of the first commercially successful steamboat

Videos:

Our absolute favorite is this video of a steam engine made entirely out of glass! You can see all the components in operation. So cool!

Steam Engine Drives a Revolution

Steam Train Compilation

Steam Engine History

I hope you enjoy some of these resources as much as we did. We had a great time sharing this month’s reading selection and learned a lot about steam engine operation and history.

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Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God’s Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy’s Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy’s Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ Our Simple Kinda Life ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Simplicity Breeds Happiness ~ Raventhreads ~ Water on the Floor ~ Learning Fundamentals ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ Mom’s Heart ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ Suncoast Momma ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A “Peace” of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids

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Poppins Book Nook Giveaway!

Poppins Book Nook Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win a Fort Magic Kit!  With Fort Magic you can bring all of the planes, trains, automobiles, and anything else your child can think of from your storybooks to life to interact with, play with, and make reading fun. The possibilities are only limited by your child’s imagination. Jump into a world of books today with Fort Magic! You can read a review of Fort Magic HERE.

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Star Chronicles Review and Giveaway

Star_chronicles_graphicWe are all familiar with the Greek and Roman mythologies associated with the various star constellations. Tales of gods and goddesses, creatures, battles, and heroes were their way of explaining the configurations of the stars. But how did people before the Greeks and Romans view the constellations? And, most importantly, is there a Biblical interpretation that we should know about? Star Chronicles: A Bible-Based Study of the Stars by Dawnita Fogleman offers a Biblical view of the arrangement and meaning of star constellations. My children and I have been working through this study for the past several weeks, and I am happy to finally be able to share our review with you.

 

About the Study

Star Chronicles is a unit study that goes through each of the major constellations, and gives Biblical interpretations of each, backed by scripture references to support these interpretations. Included in the study is the text, star charts, lapbook, notebooking pages, and coloring pages. This makes it easy to use the study as a family, since there are plenty of activities for every age. With many scripture references for each constellation, parents can easily assign copywork or memorization as part of the study. Students are encouraged to keep a scrapbook, as a way of recording their findings from the study, and any additional resources they might use. Though additional resources can be used to enrich the study, it can definitely be used as a stand-alone. This allows a lot of flexibility with the study, and allows students to work through it at their own pace.

How We Used the Study

My boys and I decided to do the study together, with them filling out their notebooking pages as I read the text aloud. They then took their Bibles and looked up the scripture references on their own, which we later discussed together. Rather than making a scrapbook, we decided to just bind the notebooking pages together into journals so that they could personalize them and make them their own. The boys colored and decorated the pages as they saw fit, and used additional paper for scripture copywork and additional research. On occasion, after reading the text, they had their own ideas as to the symbolism of some of the constellations, so I allowed them to write their own interpretations as well, as long as they could find scripture references in support of their ideas. They loved being able to express their own ideas in this way, and really enjoyed “digging for the answers” in scripture.

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In all, my boys really enjoyed this study. Although we have studied mythology and constellations before, they were happy to finally have a true, Biblical interpretation of the constellations rather than just a “fairy tale” view of them. I like the fact that the study often presented more than one explanation for the symbolism of each constellation, because it encouraged my boys to do their own research of the scriptures and form their own conclusions. They appreciated being able to create a journal of their research and findings that was distinctly their own. I think this study would be a fantastic addition to any homeschool, especially for students who are fascinated by astronomy, or have an interest in Biblical prophecy.

Where to Buy

Printed versions of the study are available on Amazon and CreateSpace for $25. The PDF version of the study is available on the author’s website HERE for $12. Now through April 20th, there is a SALE for 25% off the PDF version on the author’s website using the discount code STARMOMS. This is a great deal you won’t want to miss!
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About the Author

DawnitaDawnita Fogleman is a fifth generation Oklahoma Panhandle Pioneer. She and her husband, Paul, have six amazing children. They have homeschooled from the start and now have two graduated and starting their own businesses. With the family business and their little farm every day is a surprise. Dawnita blogs about life on the “funny farm” at FoglemanForerunner.com.

 

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Author Interview with Dawnita Fogleman

Last week I shared an introduction to a study that we are currently reviewing called Star Chronicles: A Bible-Based Study of the Stars. My children and I have really enjoyed working through this book, and look forward to sharing our review next week. Don’t forget- we also have a GIVEAWAY in celebration of the book’s launch.  It is going on now through March 30th and is full of some fantastic prizes. Don’t miss your chance to enter! Please see the bottom of this post for the entry form link!

Today I would like to share with you a introduce you to the author of the study, Dawnita Fogleman. Dawnita has been kind enough to answer some questions posed by members of the launch team, so I hope you enjoy reading a little more about her and her writing.

Interview with Author Dawnita Fogleman

1. When writing a book, how do you go about planning for it? Do you have a method you use? 

I probably use them all.  I’m a nutty writer.  Sometimes I wake in the middle of the night and just write and write pages and pages.  Sometimes I make methodical outlines and lists.  Once I started puting this book together, I found myself going back and forth and doing a lot more research during the actual process than what I had done before in preparation.

 2. Do you have a certain writing space, somewhere you go *just* to write your books? An office, a lake cabin, a hotel? What do you love about that space? How does it inspire you?

Everywhere!  Sometimes I spread out all over the floor.  This book was mostly done at the kitchen table.  I took up almost 1/2 the 8 foot table for about 6 weeks!  Inpiring?  Not really, just handy.  Anyone want to donate a log cabin?  Sound great!

 3. What would you say to a young person who aspires to be a writer? What advice would you give?  Also, what would you tell his/her parents in order to help them be supportive in their child’s efforts to pursue writing as a career?

Write, write, write, write.  …and read, read, read.  With relunctant writers, I encourage them to tell me the stories of their imagination or to audio record them.  We have one child who writes novels.  When she told me as a preteen that she wanted to be a writer, I just encouraged her to write.  The nearest thing to a formal English program we ever did was Wordsmith Apprentice and Learn to Write a Novel Way.  I constantly encourage creativity in our children.  They get very, very little time on the computer until they are about 16 years old.  I’d rather them read, write, draw, & play outside!

 4. What is your goal with writing?

Simple; to Glorify God.

 5. What other projects will you be working on in the near future?

More unit studies.  I’d like to do something with Shakespeare, Art, and of course more on the Stars.  There is enough of God’s Universe to keep me busy for a long time.

 6. What is one lesson you learned from writing this book?

By the time you finish the last page of a book, you are sick and tired of it and ready to hand it over to the editor!  This was almost like having a baby!  I was ready to give birth and lay it down for a nap for a while, then just admire it from over the cradle!  LOL  (Pregnancy always seemed like the longest 9 months of my life.)

 7. What books have most influenced you?

The Bible and the classics.  I LOVE OLD books!

 8. Who is your favorite author?

Louisa May Alcott & Corrie ten Boom

 9. Is there an author that you would especially like to meet?

Alive today?  Rush Limbaugh.  From history?  Moses or Paul of the Bible.

 10. Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing a book?

Yes!  The overwhelming desire to eat too much chocolate, drink too much coffee, and stay up all night long.

 11. What inspired you to write this book?

Questions like this put me in a state of, “uhhhhhhh.” Everything.  I’ve always loved the stars and science, but I guess the real motivational factor was friends really pushing me to do it.  I needed to be hounded.

 12. Did you always have a talent for writing, or is it something you wanted and needed to work harder to achieve?

I didn’t really read or write untill I was about 12 years old.  My grandmother was tired of trying to decifer my scribbles and spent a summer teaching handwriting & encouraging me to read more.  She sent me novels & I wanted so much to please her that I read whatever she sent me.  Within a few years, my mother had to start grounding me from books!  I was addicted.  I began writing for school essay contests and keeping a journal.  Now I have to write, it’s just part of me.

 13. With all of the duties that you juggle, when do you fit in the time to write?

Well, honestly, I neglect other things.  I only fold laundry and make a mad cleaning dash through the house once a week.  The children are old enough now that they do most of the cooking & cleaning.  I also make the children part of my writing.  What I write about is usually what we are learning as a family.  This book is a classic example of that.

 14. Is your writing style different now than it was when you first began? In what ways have you grown in your writing?

Wow.  Yes.  I am much more careful what I write now.  My thoughts are less confused and jumpled; I have more purpose.  God has done amazing things in my life.  It definitely comes out in my writing.  I write more for Him now than for myself.

 15. Is there anything else that you would like readers to know?

All closets have bones.  All lives have a past.  Let God play the tones.  And the music of your life will last.  (Is that corney? LOL)

 16. Where did you find the information linking the Sphyinx to Prophecy and Astronomy? 

Great Question! A few places actually. I have “put together” information from several sources I list in the back of the book.  Many people might consider this speculation; part of the reason that introduction is so short.  It’s an interesting study.  Internet searches can lead to a miriad of rabbit trails.  The lining up of the Sphinx at Gaza with the pyramids has lead many to believe it was an astrological setting.  The fact that the Virgin is at the begining and Leo the lion is at the end (litterally on the Sphinx) also point in this direction. We know the Virgin and the Lion are prime points of Biblical Prophecy.  Rather than believing the “aliens” did it, I choose to imagine the Great Flood generations had a real purpose.  🙂

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If you would like more information, please visit the Star Chronicles page on the author’s website. I look forward to sharing more about this study with you soon!

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Star Chronicles GIVEAWAY

Today I am excited to share a brief introduction to a new study that my family has been reviewing recently. Star Chronicles: A Bible-Based Study of the Stars by Dawnita Fogleman is a star study unlike many others.  It offers a Biblical perspective of the arrangement and meaning behind the star constellations, rather than the Greek and Roman mythologies with which we are all familiar. If you have ever wanted to study the meanings of the constellations without relying merely on the mythological explanations, then this study might be for your homeschool! Please check out the author’s website for more information about the study. Our full review is coming in a couple of weeks, and I look forward to sharing our experiences with you all.

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To celebrate the upcoming release of Star Chronicles, I am excited to be joining the Star Chronicles Launch Team in sharing this fantastic giveaway, a perfect compliment to the Star Chronicles study and just plain fun for your homeschool!

Here’s what you can win:

Star Chronicles: A Bible-Based Study of the Stars (paperback) $20

Celestron 70mm Travel Scope, sponsored by the following blogs: Ben and Me, Our Simple Kinda Life, Tots and Me, Marriage, Motherhood and Missions, Acorn Hill Academy, Family, Faith and Fridays, Our Homeschool Studio, As He Leads Is Joy, Angels of Heart, My So-Called Homeschool Life, Best Homeschool Academy by Mom to 3+2 Adopted Sibs, There Will Be a $5 Charge for Whining, Life Off the Paved Road $60

Astronomy and Space Unit Study and Lapbook + $30 gift certificate from A Journey Through Learning $42.50

Nature Study Bundle from Shining Dawn Books, including: Captivating Clouds, Remarkable Rain, and Flying Creatures of the Night $27

Moonfinder by Jay Ryan $15

31 Organizing Utility Tote  in Sea Plaid $30

DVD Collection from 2 Kingdoms/Cathy Friedlander, including Seed Messiah, He Calleth Them All by Their Names, I Want to Explore, Raton Pass Hummingbirds, But Ask Now the Beasts, and Tzon El: Our Zionist Dream $80

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5 Days of Homeschool Essentials: The Unconventionals

This week, the members of The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew have been participating in a Homeschool Essentials Blog Hop. Today, as we wrap up the last day of the hop, I would like to talk about our unconventional homeschool essentials.

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When we first began homeschooling 6 years ago, I was a traditional textbook-er. Other approaches intimidated me, so I went with what I knew at the time. It didn’t take long to begin to re-evaluate my stance. Nowadays, I absolutely love to mix up different resources and learning approaches. And most of all, I love using unconventional methods for teaching and learning.

Legos

What child doesn’t love Legos? We actually use them a lot in our homeschool. One subject in which we use Legos is history. Studying Egypt? Have your kids build the pyramids out of legos! For older children, choose a more difficult statue or historical building to construct with legos. And history isn’t the only class in which you can use legos. Why buy expensive math manipulatives when legos will work? Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, and percents are all concepts that can be easily presented using legos. They really are perfect for the tactile learner.

Minecraft

While we are talking Legos, we should also mention Minecraft. Everything we are able to do with Legos, we can do to the extreme in Minecraft. History can definitely come alive by recreating scenes in Minecraft. For those who need ideas for implementing Minecraft in the homeschool, you can check out some Minecraft Homeschool Classes in which your child can participate, with building assignments and challenges.  The Skrafty Minecraft Server, sponsored by When You Rise Up, is another great resource, offering a safe place for homeschoolers to create together. They offer some fantastic Minecraft classes as well, including some science classes, so I highly recommend checking them out.

Netflix

Netflix is our number one unconventional history resource. There are so many great documentaries to be found, and new titles are always coming into rotation. In our homeschool, we use the documentaries in conjunction with notebooking pages. That way, my kids can take notes and illustrate on their pages while watching the documentary, which helps to reinforce what they’re learning. This has helped tremendously in allowing history to “come alive” for my sons. Netflix also has some great science documentaries, as well as some biographies, so the benefits definitely don’t stop at history class alone.

Youtube

Youtube is another great source for videos. We are able to pull up some shorter history videos, when all we need is a brief overview of certain time periods or civilizations. Occasionally, we can find full-length documentaries there as well, which often differ from those we can find on Netflix. Videos are constantly being added to Youtube, so there is always something new to be found.

Another subject in which we use Youtube is science. Sometimes, we don’t have all the supplies for lab experiments, or we lack the time. And sometimes we just want more or different experiment ideas. Whatever the case, Youtube is a fantastic resource for experiment videos. It is simply a wealth of new ideas.

Youtube is also an amazing source for music, so why not use it for music appreciation? When we are doing our composer study, we don’t have to worry about trying to find (or buy) countless pieces of music for each composer being studied. We can find them all, often with many variations, on Youtube.

Finally, Youtube can be used for math class. While you may not be able to find an entire math course on Youtube, you can certainly find video demonstrations of a number of various math concepts, from the basics all the way up to the most complex. This is perfect for those who learn best by watching someone work out a problem before trying it on their own.

I hope you enjoyed reading about some of our unconventional homeschool essentials. Please take a few moments to visit a few of my team members to learn about some of their Homeschool Essentials as well!

Tabitha @ The Homeschool Four

LaRee @ Broad Horizons

Gwen @ Tolivers to Texas

Amy @ Counting Change. . .  Again

Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning

Gena @ I Choose Joy! 

Adena @ AdenaF

Stacie @ Super Mommy to the Rescue

Jen @ Happy Little Homemaker

The New Answers Book 4 – Book Review

answers_book4I am pleased to bring you another review today, for The New Answers Book 4, edited by Ken Ham from Answers In Genesis, and published by Master Books, a division of New Leaf Publishing Group. This book covers many questions concerning creation and evolution, and their Biblical answers. The book contains over 30 common questions relating to the origins of our earth and its inhabitants. With each question receiving its own dedicated chapter, answers are provided from both scripture as well as scientific research and observational data.

What Questions are Answered in The New Answers Book 4?

The Q&As in this book cover a wide range of topics, including astronomy and the origins of the universe, the origins of man as intelligent beings, geological evidence of a young earth, the fossil record, the development of languages, environmental changes throughout time, and so many more. There are also a number of chapters on atheistic views of such topics, and how to recognize them and then refute them.

How We Used the Book

Not only did we enjoy this book as recreational reading for the inquisitive minds in the household, but we also used it to supplement our homeschool curricula, mainly in the areas of history and science. Our science curriculum is already from a young earth creationist point of view, so this book was mainly used for reinforcement of prior learning. We did, however, find some chapter subjects particularly interesting, such as those relating to living fossils (meaning those species found in the fossil record that are still found in the same unchanged form today) and the fossil record’s lack of transitional forms (basically, missing links in the evolutionary chain).

History, we have found, is an especially difficult subject in which to find resources from a creationist perspective. Most history books are full of evolutionist theories rather than showing the true origins of man. I found this book particularly useful in helping my sons to affirm our beliefs in God’s creation and the Biblical timeline of man. The chapters we found most helpful in this capacity were those discussing the intelligence of early man versus typical “caveman” assumptions, various cultural legends concerning creation, global flood, and the development of languages, and geological evidence proving that the earth itself is much younger than commonly accepted, so man’s existence must be much shorter as well.

Our Final Opinion

We have thoroughly enjoyed this book, and have found it to be an excellent supplement in our homeschool. I was very glad to find that a number of the questions that my own children have asked me concerning the topic of evolution were included in this book. I appreciate having one single source to turn to for our answers to so many of our common questions on the subject. We also like that the book presents opposing views and false claims of evolutionists. I believe that from a young age, children need to be taught about the worldly views that they are going to be up against, and how they will defend their opinions against them. This book, which is written clearly with thoroughly researched scientific support and explanations, can help them do just that. I would recommend this book not only just to fellow homeschoolers, but to all Christians seeking answers to their questions on creation versus evolution.

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