What a pleasant surprise when I was chosen to review this science product from a company that is very dear to my heart - Eagle's Wings! My fondness of Eagle's Wings products stems back nearly 14 years to a time when I was a young mom seeking the "perfect" phonics curriculum to use with my 5 year old son. Now that son is 18 years old and graduated from high school a few weeks ago. In the fall he will attend Wheaton College (a fantastic Christian school - you can learn more about it at Wikipedia). Eagle's Wings phonics curriculum (Alphabet Island) laid a solid foundation for my son's education. Needless to say, I'm pretty excited about this company's product line!
Eagle's Wings natural science curriculum, Considering God's Creation, is the subject of this product review. Included in this set are the student workbook, teacher's manual, and audio CD of 23 songs. The teacher's manual lays out each lesson with clear instruction, so mom is ready to teach even if she is hesitant about her ability to teach science. The student workbook contains pages that correspond with each of the 36 lessons; the workbook enables one student to create a memorable notebook (you will need to purchase additional workbooks if you plan to teach mor than one child). The audion CD contains songs that make the memorization of information much easier than traditional rote memorization.
Considering God's Creation is meant to be easily adapted for multi-level teaching. It can be used with students from 2nd grade through high school, and the thorough teacher's guide provided plenty to ways to adjust each lesson to fit your individual homeschool. The introduction provides an excellent explanation of multi-level teaching, and even has suggestions for using the curriculum with children in preschool! Another option with Considering God's Creation is that it can easily be used with whatever science curriculum you might currently be using; you can simply use what fits to enhance the program you are currently using. Not many product offer such flexibilty for only $29.95 ~ it is an excellent value!
If you choose to use Considering God's Creation as a stand-alone science program, it fits perfectly into one academic year. At the rate of one lesson per week, you would finish in 36 weeks. Many of the lessons contain several different parts, so the work can easily be divided over a few days during the week. For the industrious mom, or if you choose to teach using "block" method, each lesson could be finished in one longer sitting. It's such flexible curriculum, you can just adapt it as you need to!
Topics covered within Considering God's Creation include "Creation", "The Universe", "The Earth", "Non-Living Things", "Weather", "The Plant Kingdom", "The Animal Kingdom", "Animal Anatomy & Physiology", "Man", and a miscellaneous section. Having such a broad scope and sequence makes for an exciting year of science. I can tell you from first-hand experience, your children will retain what they learn from Eagle's Wings products. Considering God's Creation is a solid study of the natural sciences from a Biblical worldview. I cannot recommend this company's products strongly enough; they are top-notch.
An example of the content in Lesson 1 includes vocabulary words, songs and poems, Bible reading, notebook assignments, a wonderful feature called "Evolution Stumpers", review questions and a "Digging Deeper" section that has ideas for activities and projects that build upon the lesson and is ideal for older students.
Other products created by Eagle's Wings include their fantastic phonics program, Alphabet Island (sold in different levels or as a complete set priced from $9.95 to $119.95), Kinder-Math ($14.95), Capital Game (for learning state capitals - $8.95), and a wonderful selection of Bible History curriculum ($35 per set). You can learn more about any of these products by visiting the Eagle's Wings website at www.EaglesWingsED.com
Lord bless you as you seek to homeschool for His glory!
Day 97 done :)
Jan L. Burt