Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Big Bible Science (A Homeschool Crew Review)

Members of the Review Crew were offered their choice of four books ranging in subjects and targeted ages - Big Bible ScienceElizabeth PrentissGod is Better than Princesses, and God is Better than Trucks.   Each of these books is published from Christian Focus.   Christian Focus has been publishing books with the purpose of spreading the Gospel throughout the world by publishing Christian based books in different language for all ages. 

Since my family enjoys anything that has to do with science, we opted for the first choice – Big Bible Science.

About The Book

Big Bible Science: Experiment and Explore God's World is written by Erin Lee Green.

Toolbox of what's Needed
Targeting students 5-11 years of  age, the book is a 96 page, full color softback book that introduces students to various science concepts such as Newton's laws of Motion, Static Electricity, Combustion Reactions, the Water Cycle, the Human Body, and Animal Classification.

With 21 different units, students perform experiments that help them understand the concepts being taught  as well as a tie in to a biblical perspective.

Each unit follows a similar format.   At the start of the unit is a box that shows what materials will be needed in order to complete the experiments and activities for that unit.   This is very much appreciated as you can quickly see what you need, without having to read through the lessons to and possibly miss an item.  I can't say there's anything more frustrating to be in the middle of an experiment and realize you overlooked something crucial and don't have it in the house.  This book eliminates that frustration by putting it all right in one place.

Each unit then breaks down into four sections.  First is "The Big Idea" -  this section introduces teh student to the scientific principles involved in the lesson and how it correlates with biblical perspectives.  This section also contains a memory verse for the child to memorize that relates to the lesson.

Next is the activities for the lesson - each lesson has a few different activities or experiments that help to demonstrate the concepts being learned.

The Apply It section asks the student to pay attention and discover the concept in their everyday lives.  Finally, the "Go Beyond" section invites the student to do their own research and learn more about the topic at hand.

How We Used It

As soon as I had this book in hand, I began marking various units I wanted to work thru with the children.   Unfortunately, after I went out and purchased a few items for us to use, we dealt with some severe weather for the last few weeks.  Many of the experiments that I had hoped to work with required us to visit the park behind our home to use a slide (coefficient of friction, static electricity).

So, we had to replan and start doing some of the experiments that we could do in the house.

The instructions for each of the activities are clear and easy to follow. Most of the time, Garrett and Ashleigh were able to read the instructions, step by step, and complete the activities.  The reading level wasn't too advanced for them and they were able to understand well.

We’ve done a few different experiments but probably our two favorite have been making the model demonstrating the respiratory system.  There are actually four activities in the respiratory system and this particular activity was in regards to the Structure & Function of the Diaphragm. 

Using a few simple items that we already had around the house (most of the experiments in the book do not require any specialty items).   This was a project that the kids were able to build on their own by just following the directions without help from mom.

Garrett demonstrating how the Respiratory model works

The second experiment that the kids really enjoyed more than others was the unit on Combustion Reactions:  How a Fire Burns.  This particular unit helps students to understand combustion reactions.  This unit had a lil bit of basic chemistry, again, using basic ingredients already in the home, as well as playing with fire – always a hit with the kids.

This lesson started with a really nice lesson in regards to the fiery furnace and Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego.   Following that, we had a discussion about combustion and how different environments (CO2 and O2) affect combustion.

Our Control flame - which burned itself out within 59 seconds
The CO2 environment about to burn itself out in 29 seconds

The O2 environment - it took nearly 2 and a half minutes to burn out
These have been our favorites so far, but we have enjoyed all the different experiments that we have done so far.  We really are looking forward to the weather permitting us to do some of the outdoors experiments.

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Members of the Homeschool Review Crew were given their choice of 4 different products from Christian Focus.  Be sure to click the banner below to read their reviews including the books not reviewed here.

Big Bible Science, Elizabeth Prentiss, God is Better than Princesses,  God is Better than Trucks. {Christian Focus Reviews}

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