Teaching Science from a Christian Perspective
Posted by homeschoolmentormom on August 27, 2010
As Christian homeschoolers, we are determined to teach science from a Christian world view. After all, many of the topics involved in science are foundational to faith: A literal 6-day creation, the consequences of sin on all creation, the value of all human life, and responsible stewardship of the resources that God has provided us.
The problem is, like most Christian parents, we went to public school ourselves. At first we knew little about science from a Christian perspective. After all, we were taught that science and faith are mutually exclusive…things to be kept separate.
This is a problem because children—even young children—have lots of questions that really should be addressed on both fronts: The spiritual front and the scientific front. If we want our children to believe the truth about creation, the flood, dinosaurs, etc, then we need to teach them these things from both perspectives simultaneously.
The solution: Re-education! As homeschoolers, we have found that we have had to re-educate ourselves in many areas. We have to “unlearn” the lies, and learn the truth. We used a variety of resources in our re-education and as a result, we are more confident parents with a stronger faith…parents who are ready to answer those unending questions that children of all ages ask.
If you feel totally unprepared to answer your children’s questions or talk to them about these issues as they come up, the first thing you should consider is re-educating yourself as well. Many of the resources I list below offer resources for adults and children. A few carefully chosen DVD’s or books can boost your knowledge and confidence tremendously.
Here are some of the things we do to teach science from a Christian perspective (remember that my book has an entire chapter on science, including suggested topics and a list of the things that preschoolers can learn/do to explore science):
~From the time our children were tiny, we talked about how nature glorifies God. When admiring flowers, we’d comment on their intricate design. When cuddling a new puppy, we’d marvel at its sweetness and say, “I’m so thankful that God made puppies for us to play with, aren’t you?” When learning about elephants or anteaters, we’d marvel at God’s creativity and sense of humor. And when contemplating space, a roaring waterfall or a tornado, we would marvel at the power of God.
~We believe and teach that any scientific “theory” must align itself with the Bible (not the other way around.) Any scientific “theory” or so-called “fact” that conflicts with the Bible is immediately discarded as false. The Bible is always our standard.
~We teach our children to listen for “code words.” Anytime we watch a science show or read a book that uses words like “evolution”, “evolved”, “adapted”, or “millions of years”, my children know that it means “evolution” which means LIES.
~This doesn’t mean that we don’t teach our children about evolution. When they are small, we explain it simply like this: “Some people believe that people started out as ape-like creatures that slowly changed to be like we are today. Is that what the Bible says?” Other times I might say, “Some people believe that the whole world started all by itself in some sort of explosion called ‘the big bang.’ We believe that God created the world.” As our children get older, we use a variety of curricula that teaches evolution, but then disproves it using creation science. That way, our children have a ready answer to anyone who might question them.
~Be sure to watch non-Christian shows (Discovery Channel, nature shows, and even old Disney shows, etc) with your children so that you can remind your children of the truth, or, if necessary, turn the show off…especially while they are young.
To help you teach science from a Christian worldview, you might want to invest in some of the wonderful curriculums and DVD’s now available. Here are some of the best creation-based materials I have found:
–Apologia science curriculum: Curriculum from a Christian/creation science perspective for grades K-12!
–Answers in Genesis: Lots of articles, books for all ages (preschoolers too), videos, a magazine, science curriculum, and apologetics books. We love The Answers Book for Kids, which tackles questions about creation, the flood, dinosaurs, the Bible, the nature of God, and so on. It is for ages 5-11. We read through it last year, and will re-read it in a year or two so that the answers are cemented in my children’s minds. Answers in Genesis is the “gold standard” for creation science resources as far as I’m concerned.
-Master Books: Books about creation/dinosaurs/animals and more from a Christian perspective—for grades preschool-three.
–It Couldn’t Just Happen: A wonderful devotional book all about creation; could count as part of your Bible coursework, and part of science. Recommended for older children, ages 9-12; personally, I would wait until age 10 or so. Apparently this book is now out of print, but it is still available on Amazon, and still common at used curriculum sales.
Favorite Video Resources:
Newton’s Workshop offers videos from a Christian perspective on many different science topics; most are good for ages 6 and up, but check the recomended ages on each video.
Moody Science Videos I understand that their videos on the human body are fantastic.
Websites with more resources:
Dr. Dino: We have an entire set of his videos, and they are great! (For junior high through adult.) I know that he is somewhat controversial, but we haven’t seen anything wrong in his videos, and have learned a lot.
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