I received the following product and was compensated for my time. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
If you’ve been around the blog for a while then you know that science is not my favorite subject. I’m always on the hunt for great resources and curriculum to teach science to my boys. I recently found a faith based science curriculum that my oldest son has enjoyed the last few months. It’s ByDesign Science. I love how this curriculum teaches science with a Biblical worldview, using scripture all throughout each lesson.
Here’s a sneak peak into the 4th Grade faith-based science kit we received:
Why We Love this Faith-Based Science Curriculum
- Empahsis on Scripture: This is important for our family. I want my boys to understand that science and the Bible go hand in hand. ByDesign Science makes this a priority.
- 5-Step Teaching Model: The engage, discover, explain, extend, and access model is a great way to make sure that important information is being learned. We didn’t use the tests at the end of the chapter (I used narration instead) but they are a great way to review the material with your children.
- The Textbook: I’m not usually a textbook fan but this book was amazing. The text was on level with my son’s comprehension and reading skills. He was able to read the material on his own–something that is really important as we make the transition to more independent work.
- The Journals: There are many different topics covered in this curriculum and the Student Journals are a great way to keep track of what they are learning and the exploring that they do during the lessons. I think it’s great practice for when my son has to start keeping a lap notebook.
One key feature of ByDesign Science is an emphasis on inquiry-based learning. And I think this was probably my son’s favorite thing. Inquiry-based learning is a great way to introduce your children to the scientific method. They learn to ask questions and use that as a basis for learning. Once they are asking questions they are able to use many different resources to find the answers.
This method is a great way to encourage independent research and ownership of the entire learning process. It allowed my son to really dig deep into the topics that really interested him and he learned so much more. The hands on projects also encouraged learning and digging deeper.
As we work through the lessons I’m seeing how we can apply inquiry-based learning to other subjects as well.
Kendall Hunt also provides faith-based programs in Reading Language Art called (Pathways) and a New Kindergarten program (Stepping Stones). In addition, Kendall Hunt offers Talented and Gifted programs in mathematics (M2 and M3) as well as products developed in collaboration with the CFGE (Center for Gifted Education) College of William and Mary in subject areas such as language arts, social studies, and science.