Creator and Creation

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By Mary Daly

What a great text and tool for your high schooler’s earth science curriculum!!  Instead of debating several difficult issues that are sometimes over our heads, the author presents the facts and then applies them to resolve the debate over such things as creation, evolution, Galileo, and Darwin.  The fascinating facts are clearly explained, such as glacial melting or potassium/argon dating.  This has a great balance for students who love science (they will use this as a springboard to further study- it has an awesome bibliography!) or for those who dread science (she pulls out scientific stories –not just facts- from so many diverse areas and weaves them into an interesting, epic of Creation).  What do you say to your creationist friends?  What do you think when they insist that you join them in defending the Bible by defending its first chapter as a science text? What do you say to your scientific friends? Is belief in God reasonable?  Is belief in Genesis reasonable?  Creator and Creation is a “science apologetics book”.  It addresses the creationist cosmology from a unified doctrinal, scriptural, scientific, and philosophical perspective. Designed to invite Catholics to be the good scientists that they have been throughout history, with no fear for the honest conclusions of secular science.

Creator and Creation has received a Nihil Obstat from the Diocesan Censor of the Sioux Falls Diocese of South Dakota. 

Teaching High School Biology

We usually have our children study biology in the 11th grade, after we’ve spent a year doing Natural Science in 10th grade. After spending a year studying famous naturalists and doing our own questioning, observations, and coming to our own conclusions from our own nine week experiment we are now ready to study living things.  Currently, we have three options for doing the study of biology.  One could use a standard textbook, such as Mr. Wile’s, Exploring Creation with Biology.  This text covers the basics of living systems, but does not include any anatomy.  There is a MODG syllabus that includes a daily lesson plan for this text with tests and answers to the tests.  If you do not have the time to do a full year of Natural History in 10th grade, the second option offers the opportunity to do eight weeks of Natural History before using Mr. Wile’s text, Exploring Creation With Biology and the MODG syllabus for this option is titled Mother Of Divine Grace Biology and Natural History.  The third option, which happens to be our family’s personal favorite, is using the book All Creatures Great and Small as the framework text and rounding out the study of biology by using additional reference materials.  We utilize our family’s library of books for each topic, as well as searching the library and internet for source materials to add to the creation of a self-made Biology notebook.

On more than one occasion, we have come across a new textbook that we feel is an improvement over the current texts as well as a valued resource for our favorite Biology course option.  Biology, of the Self-Teaching Guide, is well organized, clearly structured book that covers all the major biological concepts and terms. The author’s experience teaching at several colleges, as well as working at several museums has obviously enabled him to write in an accessible style.  What we really appreciate most about this option is that it is closest to a more natural process of studying and understanding science.  The student is encouraged to ask questions and to research the answers.  We require our children to keep adding to their notebooks with illustrations that are detailed and include definitions to the new concepts they are learning.  Several of the chapters in the books All Creatures Great And Small and Biology, of the Self-Teaching Guide offer essay topics, which gives our students the opportunity to make clear in their mind the concepts they are learning. Both Larry and I worked for many years as scientists for the DuPont Co. where we had to keep our own research notebooks, research topics we were responsible for, as well as present papers and give lectures to fellow scientists.  It was often noticed, on more than one occasion, that scientists did not communicate their thoughts well.  Remember, one of the most important aspects of any science curriculum, especially for a child who is particularly fascinated with science, is to give them the time to explore their interests, raise questions, search for answers and have a true sense of wonder and awe for God’s world,  and to be able to communicate well.

As to communicating well, we have used Life Science Based Writing Lessons. You will find many of the topics you are studying in Biology as the very assignments used in this course to teach writing, such as cells, classification, botany, zoology, etc. It is an easy way to incorporate writing assignments into any Biology curriculum you are using and in our opinion it is a vital skill to teach your children especially those interested in pursuing science degrees in college.

Teaching Science: The Early Years

You will see an evident and deliberate lack of textbooks for the early years of science.  We encourage you to explore your very own backyard and neighborhood before you endeavor to study science in any formal way.  This way, we respect the dignity of the child by engaging him in age appropriate activities that draw them towards awe and wonder of the created world.  Each day can easily present new and wonderful opportunities, such as sketching in their own blank books a rainbow in the sky after a rainstorm.  On a brilliant, crisp, fall day, do leaf rubbings together after collecting as many different kinds of leaves split_compliment_leavesas you can find. The children can identify the caterpillar they gingerly carry home, that happened to crawl into their laps as they played in the garden.  Our home is filled with books on plants, birds, butterflies, insects, pond life, the seashore, the stars, and so much more of God’s glorious world. This is how we teach our own children.  Take time to explore, discuss and delight in these formative years and you will be laying the groundwork for higher level questioning and analyzing, by having had a rich and intimate experience with the natural world around them.

Here are a few of the must haves, rich in ideas we have used with our own children, just click on any title to see the full desriptions:

Handbook of Nature Study

North American Wildlife

Keeping a Nature Journal

Nature Portfolio (complete with notebooking pages, a parent’s guide, copy work and more!)

Giant Science Resource Book

The Nature Connection: An Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families

Nature coloring books