Many within the homeschool community have heard of Creation Illustrated magazine. It's a tried-and-true resource for Christians that has been providing quality reading material for many years. Needless to say, I was very happy when I received a full year's worth of issues in the mail! Yea, I did a happy dance...
Before I tell you all about this wonderful product, and share how my family used it in our homeschool, let me give you a little history. Creation Illustrated has been published quarterly by a homeschool family for 19 years. Each issue is divided into 3 sections: Nature, Scripture, and Living. Topics are carefully chosen to provide mental, spiritual and physical enrichment. Beautiful photographs adorn the pages of Creation Illustrated, and Bible verses complement the photos and articles throughout. The magazine is printed on high-quality paper and is made to last for years to come. This isn't a read it once and toss it out publication; readers can enjoy each edition for many years to come.
Contained within the pages of Creation Illustrated you will find treasures of uplifting articles, gardening tips and activities, a youth nature photo context, character-building lessons, children's stories, recipes, shorter articles on creation stewardship and creation highlights, and a fantastic instructional guide that makes using Creation Illustrated in your homeschool a snap!
Here is an explanation of how we used Creation Illustrated in our homeschool:
The Spring 2012 issue has an excellent section on hummingbirds. My 16-year-old daughter has an interest in bird watching and she used this magazine to renew her interest and add to her bird knowledge. My 17-year-old daughter enjoys photography, so she used the wonderful photographs to apply new techniques and ideas to improve her skills and abilities. My 14-year-old daughter loves smoothies, so she took advantage of the 3 smoothie recipes found withing the pages of Creation Illustrated. My 12-year-old daughter enjoyed the story "Bunny Surprise". She loves learning about animals and this story by Ellen Dana was perfect for her. And my favorite was the article "Bloom Where You Are Planted" - it was a great source of encouragement to me as we face great changes in our lives due to my husband's recent layoff. This one issue of Creation Illustrated covered Home Ec (cooking), Photography (an elective for my 17-year-old), Science (the hummingbird article), Reading/Nature Study (the story "Bunny Surprise"), and encouraged me in my role as a wife and mother.
Other editions I received include articles about the wilderness, fragrance, the creation week (in a multi-part series), light in the forest, poetry, the night sky, migration, nature walks in winter, deer-like animals, Aspens, Saguaro National Park, and a whole lot more.
These magazine are keepsakes, treasures to be enjoyed again and again. When I was a little girl, I remember my grandparents had a stack of National Geographic magazines that they would read and re-read. As Christians, they had to ignore some non-Christian beliefs presented in the magazine, and they used each issue as a springboard to pray for those who need Christ all around the globe. Creation Illustrated reminds me of my grandparent's stacks of National Geographic, and I will keep copies of this magazine just as they kept theirs.
To learn more about Creation Illustrated, visit their website at www.CreationIllustrated.com or call 1-800-360-2732.
Pricing for subscriptions is $4.99/issue (listed on the magazine cover), $19.95 for one year, $37.95 for 2 years, or $53.95 for three years. Add $5 US dollars per year in Canada.
Back issues are also available at their website.
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I hope you consider making Creation Illustrated a part of your family's homeschool.
(Disclaimer ~ I received this product free of charge for review purposes. All opinions in this weblog post are solely my own.)
Lord bless you this summer!
Day 191 done :)
Jan L. Burt
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