Can you name the three laws of motion by Isaac Newton? Would you believe me that our 10 year old can? Well he can. Is he a genius? I mean he's smart, but I would have to say, "no". We were given the opportunity to review Big Bible Science by Christian Focus and by doing some of the experiments in that book, he learned the three laws of motion. Cool!
Whenever I ask our 10 year old (I can't believe he just turned 10!) what he wants to learn, he always says, "science". When I mention the word, "science", his eyes light up. So, you can imagine his excitement when I talked with him about reviewed Big Bible Science by Christian Focus. His first question was, "Are there projects?" I old him that there are A LOT of experiments. Then, his next question was, "What does God have to do with science?" Legitimate question, I thought. So, I thought this would be a great book to show him that God made science and that we are just now discovering all that God has put in place.
He loves to do hands-on projects and activities. Science is his favorite, but he also likes crafts and games. The problem that I have with hands-on activities, especially right now that I'm in my third trimester of our third pregnancy, is that they take a lot of time to plan and prepare for. I'm tired and I just don't think that far in advance in order to make sure that we have all of the supplies. Also, a lot of the time, with science especially, there are weird ingredients or materials taht are either too expensive or they are just difficult to find. That's one of the many things that I like about Big Bible Science. The materials are not hard to find. Most of the items are normal things that you may have around the house. I LOVE that!
We did some of these experiments at his grandparents home and some at home. I read the book to him and engaged him in conversation as we went along.
Another thing that I love about Big Bible Science is that it shows the correlation between science and the Bible. It doesn't just tell a Bible story and then have an experiment. Each lesson starts out with a discussion about the topic. The topic is introduced and questions are usually asked to get the kids thinking. Then they relate the science topic to the Bible. For example, for the first law of motion (anything that stays in motion or at rest will stay at rest unless acted upon by an outside force) was related to being a follower of Jesus. "How?" you ask. When people are not followers of Jesus, they are the people "at rest" or "in motion". These people do not change. Jesus is the "outside force". He is the reason that people change. When people decide to follow Jesus, they "change course". I thought that was a pretty ingenious way to relate Jesus to the first law of motion. They go on to tell the story of Zacchaeus and how his life was changed by Jesus.
I appreciate how many experiements and activities that there are for each lesson. We ended up not doing them all, due to time and materials, but we did as many as were needed for him to understand the concept for that lesson. I also liked that there were mini biographies in the back of the book so that we could learn more about some of the great scientists of the world.
I really like this book and we will continue to use it for his science. There were a couple of things that I did not like, however. One would be that they left out the need for baptism in order to be forgiven of your sins. Acts 2:38 (NASB) says, "Peter [said] to them, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the holy Spirit."
Another thing that was not the greatest about this book was that it was coming apart from the cover with a day or two. Now, take into consideration that I live in Arizona and it was hot in the mailbox. We haven't, though, had other books do this and they were in the mailbox as well (at different times). So take this one with a grain of salt.
We really like this book and he is thrilled that it has so many activities and experiments. When he is finished with this book, he will have learned about gravity, the three laws of motion, friction, static electricity, acids and bases, combustion reactions, plant requirements, lunar craters, water cycle, the angle of the sun's rays, animal classification, the nervous system, muscles, bones, the repiratory system, the circulatory system, the digestive system, and the urinary system. I am excited for him to learn about all of these wonderful concepts. He wouldn't be learning all of these wonderful science concepts with Big Bible Science by Christian Focus.
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