How we used the Bible to teach Science
Note: What you see above is not all that there is to be known about Genesis 1:1-2:7--far from it. Everything in creation can be found in Genesis 1:1-2:7--including the telephone. The three great domains are there--the heaven, the earth, the deep. Dimension is there (Gen 1:1). "Space" is not really space, it is firmament, firm,, a created thing, as substance--watch a bird in the sky ride it. Look at the sun and moon and stars suspended in it. Darkness as an element. We find out the way that God classifies plants and animals. For instance,
- beasts are not divided into mammals, reptiles, etc.--they are divided based on where they live--sea, firmament, dry land (see days 5 and 6).
- Land animals are classified as cattle, creeping thing, and beast of the earth.
- Fowls include creatures that fly in the open firmament--creatures like bats (Leviticus 11).
I taught Hannah God's classifications for beasts. In later years she became aware of other classifications schemes, but she did not learn these first and does not accept them as the truth of God (though is some instances these classifications are useful). God gave it to man to be able to name and classify (Gen 2:19) and subdue the earth so we do not deny that there have been advances in mankind's knowledge. During the days preceeding Year 1, I sat down with Genesis 1:1-2:7 and wrote down what I saw and what was generated from what--for instance "let the earth bring forth grass," I went day by day. I kept thinking about Genesis 1:1-2:7 and examining it. Explore further in Genesis and find Tubalcain an instructor of every artificer in brass and iron. This artificer may make computers today out of metals and rocks, but he is an artificer just the same. The Bible gives understanding to all things. Those who look at Genesis, yea all the holy scriptures, through the eyes of faith will be richly rewarded.
Our Science program centered around the outline of Genesis 1:1-2:7. Science class was held once a week (see see Year 1 Schedule). Each class basically had several elements:
- Memorization of verses from Genesis 1:1-2:7
- Write memorized verse(s) down for scholar notebook
- Examine science topics for subject verses using scriptures, observations, articles, and experiments
- Completed seatwork (worksheets, copy boardwork, etc.)
We utilized the Notebook Method in our school where Hannah generated her own work on notebook paper with the supplemental use of select worksheets from various sources. The outline was Genesis 1:1-2:7. We went in that order and select supplements in an order that agreed with what we were doing.
In addition to our self notebook work, we used various resources for seatwork. I selected exercises that coordinated with whatever portion of Genesis 1:1-2:7 that we were studying. The most useful resource was "Our Father's World," a second grade Social Studies workbook by Rod & Staff Publishers, Inc. It is abbreviated "OFWM" here. Rod & Staff's later books (and some of their early ones) reveal that the serpent has entered their ministry. In one of their books, there is a map showing that Israel did not cross the Red Sea when leaving Egypt. This is only one example of heresies that I encountered. I do not endorse their books, but those listed here were very helpful to us. I've included the page numbers we covered. You will find pictures and links for these resources below (following the syllabus). I don't know if the exercises in any new editions will have the same page numbers. I just used whatever resources I had at hand. Genesis led the way and I looked for items that I felt useful. One does not have to use this specific book. "Patterns of Nature" (abbreviated PON) was also useful. [Important aside: Rod & Staff has a few useful books for early ages (not all are good) but as Hannah progressed, I found public school type teaching and the serpent in their materials, e.g., a map of the Exodus did NOT show Israel crossing the Red sea. How evil. I whited out what they had and made my own line. Today, I rarely ever buy "Christian" materials. Every once in a while I'll look for intelligently written older books in the used book section of the library.]
At the end of the February of that school year, we began the OFWM lessons about children (and in the case of Antarctica, animals) from the seven continents of the world. These interesting lessons gave a nice texture to our Science class. We also sang songs dealing with the creation, i.e., "This is My Father's World," which magnified God as Creator. We also sang, "Wide, Wide as the Ocean".
Weekly Science Lessons Covered in Year 1
The following syllabus shows our lessons for Year 1. This demonstrates how we used the outline of Genesis 1:1-2:7 in determining WHAT we should learn and IN WHAT ORDER, we should learn it. I tried to keep our lessons short, simple, and focused, and interactive. Not too many details and long explanations. If there was a star to be placed on the chart, that was something Hannah could do. I kept in mind the teaching techniques of the Master, Jesus. Precept, example, illustration, question, and others. The Lord taught at the sea side, on a mountain, in the temple, in desert places, in homes. I tried to add texture to our environment at different seasons, but not every day. Mountains are in the Bible so we went a climbed a nearby mountain on the easy trail. These things occurred early. It was an opening to the world. Places we can't get to, we can view via pictures and descriptions and even stories from my own life. Children love to hear their parents exciting stories. I know that I did.
I've compiled this information from notes in my archives. Long passages such as Job 38:1-41 done in conjunction with other studies may have been overviewed with certain verses extracted. It is not necessary (or even possible or desireable) that others follow our exact path. God gave each one of us our own uniqueness, experiences, gifts and resources, ingenuity, circumstances, and families. I felt that Hannah should know everything that I know, and so began I began showing her. Important things need to be addressed over and over again. Repetition is a teacher.
Highlights of Year 1 Science
- Overview of geography
- Topographical features of the earth (mountain, desert, lake, etc.)
- Learned outline for all of creation
- Memorized substantial portion of Genesis 1
- Reviewed some fundamental precepts concerning the three great domains--firmament, dry land, seas
- Learned about what life is like on different continents--people, flora, fauna
"What about astronomy?"
Hannah was aware of the heavenly bodies, but we purposely did not focus on the planets based on Psalm 115:16--...the heavens are the LORD'S but the earth hath he given to the children of men.
The heavens is the Lord's and the earth is ours, therefore, we focused on the earth. We made a nice bi-fold collage during orientation week out of cardboard folded in half. We put the earth in the center of each side and place pictures of people of all colors on one side and plants and animals on the other--things that deal with earth.
Hannah learned about the planets by observations, discussions, and a .99 cent Walmart placemat that sat at her place on the table. From it, she learned about the "solar system" (minus the earth) including the asteroid belt. One could make their own placemat, color the planets with coloring pencil or marker, and cover it with packaging tape, sheet protectors, etc. and put it on the table for the scholar to enjoy at different seasons. Just make sure it is accurate. <-- Anatomy (gross, skeletal, inwards, systems, integumentary, respiratory, digestive--my outline) It would be in Year 2 that she learned about solar vs. standard time. She would also have the opportunity to track the moon on successive nights for about a week. The sun's circuit and the seasons. --> Hannah has known about Tycho Brahe and Nicolas Copernicus from grade 2. She knows what the masses believe about the motion of the sun.
CLASS # / DESCRIPTION OF MATERIAL COVERED
#1 REVIEW**Review of notebook from Orientation Week Globe teaching; Map work: eastern hemisphere.
**Two poles--north pole, south pole.
**Directions--north, south, east, west.
#2 EARTH, WATER, LIGHT, DARK
**Read and discuss Genesis 1:1-5.
**Experiment with water & sphere, light and darkness.
**Draw sphere in water on chalkboard.
**Earth is a circle (Isaiah 40:22) draw in notebook.
**Memorize Genesis 1:1-5.
**Write Genesis 1:1-5 for notebook.
#3 FIRMAMENT, WATER, ATMOSPHERE
**Memorize Genesis 1:6.
**Write Genesis v. 6 for notebook.
**Recite Genesis 1:1-6.
**Discuss Genesis 1:6-8-- air/atmosphere, clouds as bottles of heaven (Job 38:38) then sketch on chalkboard and sketch for notebook.
**Go outside and observe the sky--wind, firmament, weather, wind, sound as function of air, "space", wind cycle (Ecclesiastes 1).
**Take Bibles and PON pp. 70-73--talk about the evaporation cycle, Ecclesiastes 1:6, Jeremiah 10:13, Jeremiah 51:16, Job 38:1-41.
**Afternoon video by Moody Science, "Whirling Winds".
**Discuss Genesis 1:1-7.
**Memorize Genesis 1:7, place star on memory chart.
**Write Genesis 1:7.
**Memorize Genesis 1:1-7.
**Draw on board/notebook.
**Review water/ last week.
#5 WATER, AIR, SEA
**Memorize Genesis 1:1-8.
**Write Genesis 1:8 , star.
**Discuss the firmament and sound.
**Observe water, atmosphere, dry land.
**Air for: our life, blows clouds & seeds, cools, carries sound-speech/music, smells. No air on the moon--we cannot live there but some people want to. This is ridiculous as the moon is perfectly unsuitable for us and can in no way sustain our lives.
I Corinthians 15 sound of trumpet.
The Book of Sound.
Name things concerning sound (?--not sure what this meant).
#6 SEAS, DRY LAND, PLANTS.
**Recite Genesis 1:1-8.
**Memorize Genesis 1:9-10, star.
**Write Genesis 1:9-10 for notebook.
**Review--name the four oceans, name the continents, show an island/isle, [fill in an blank map with all elements for notebook].
**Memorize Genesis 1:9-13. **Write Genesis 1:9-13 in notebook.
Read about rivers and complete worksheet (OFWM p. 103-15).
Directions--north, south, east, west (OFWM p. 41).
**Write key verse, place star on chart
**Geology n. The study of the structure of the earth and the substances that compose it;
**God laid the foundations of the earth.
**The Geology book p.7,9.
**Draw egg to understand earth layers.
**Review continents and seas.
**Review water cycle.
**Review maps and where we are positioned and where Jesus lived, continents, seas, atmosphere.
**Foundations of the earth.
**Strata of the earth.
**Discuss Genesis 1:11.
**OFWB---pp.23-32 (read poem on p. 36).
**Genesis review ONLY, no new verses to memorize.
**Order of creation.
Directions on a map (called "studying the globe").
Oceans of the world OFWB 43-45 review.
#13 NORTH AMERICA & SOUTH AMERICA
#14 MORE CONTINENTS
**Seas pp. 37-40
#16 HEMISPHERES NORTH/SOUTH/EAST/WEST
#17 RIVERS AND LAKES OFWB pp.103-106
#20 LEARNING ABOUT CITIES
**Learning about cites OFWB pp.108-111
#21 LABELING MAPS
#22 CHILDREN OF THE WORLD--NORTH AMERICA
**Sing OFWB pp.49,7 label p.48
**John of North America OFWB pp. 50-53
#23 CHILDREN OF THE WORLD--SOUTH AMERICA
**Roberto of South America OFWB pp.54-57
#24 CHILDREN OF THE WORLD--SOUTH AMERICA
**Roberto of South America (Part 2) OFWB pp.58-61
#25 CHILDREN OF THE WORLD--ASIA
**Seebo of Asia OFWB pp.62-64
#26 CHILDREN OF THE WORLD--ASIA
**Seebo of Asia (Part 2) OFWB pp.65-68
#27 [intentionally left blank]
**The coldest continent OFWB pp.72-75
#29 CHILDREN OF THE WORLD--EUROPE
**Maria of Europe OFWB pp.76-80
#30 CHILDREN OF THE WORLD--AUSTRALIA
**Kathryn of Australia OFWB pp.81-84
#31 CHILDREN OF THE WORLD--AFRICA
**Adoyo of Africa OFWB pp.85-88
#32 CHILDREN OF THE WORLD--AFRICA
**Adoyo of Africa OFWB pp.89-92
#33 REVIEW: ANTARCTICA, EUROPE, AUSTRALIA, AFRICA
This was very nice and fit in perfectly with what we were studying. I highly recommend it. Hannah used this workbook as an independent study and filled in the blanks. I've found most teacher's manuals to be a waste of money
Very easy book (which is good, not too many new things should be introduced at once), does not use the Authorized Version. I had it so I used it. Did have a nice poem.
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