We follow the Robinson Curriculum method of teaching the hard sciences after our children have completed calculus. However, this does not mean that we teach no science at all! Rather, for us the focus is on descriptive science, historical science, and the philosophy of science until the children are ready to “do” science on their own. The idea with the Robinson Curriculum is that the hard sciences do not need to be part of a student’s academic day until later in high school. Until then, it is something to read about and explored in one’s spare time.
Some resources we have used are:
Creation versus Evolution:
Answers in Genesis — Arminian but has some valuable resources
Creation Ministries International – Arminian but has some valuable resources
Does Richard Dawkins Exist? by David Anderson
For some creation and evolution quotes we have collected, click here to access our blog post.
The Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock — this is an excellent guide for helping parents study nature with their children.
Handbook of Nature Study blog — this family has broken down the Handbook of Nature Study into simple weekly lessons. This is helpful for implementating nature study and exploring God’s great creation.
Lyrical Science — this is a fun set of courses for learning the “facts” of science such as the systems in the human body or the difference between amphibians and reptiles. The only downside to learning science by song is that sometimes the “facts” change and then one has to unlearn what one has learned. This did happen with one of the Life Science courses but Lyrical Science graciously wrote a new song and provided the chapter related to it to complement the song already included in Life Science I.
Robinson Curriculum — this curriculum incorporates science into its literature selections for the lower grades. Our children actually asked us to locate more selections that are not included in the curriculum in addition to what they were reading. For instance, our son asked us to find him “The Tale of Daddy Longlegs” because he enjoyed Arthur Scott Bailey’s writing so much.
In the higher grades, the Robinson Curriculum uses university-level texts for physics, chemistry, and nuclear war survival. These texts are written from an evolutionary perspective, but the assumption is that a student will have learned to discern evolutionary propaganda by the time they use the texts. We plan on using these texts with our children since they already know a lot about the origins debate and will need to learn to deal with evolutionary basis in higher education.
In addition to the above, trips to museums, science centers, and participation in science fairs are an excellent means of exposing children to scientific concepts. Our children participated in the FIRST Lego League competition for several years and learned a lot in the process.
Robinson Curriculum — see above
Online Biology Book — university level biology.
Apologia Science — We used a couple of Apologia’s texts before switching to the Robinson Curriculum. The lower level texts were quite enjoyable and utilized techniques like narration for evaluation. We hit a snag when we got to General Science because my children found it very difficult (at least for Chapter 1) and it was a hassle hunting around for the materials for each chapter’s experiments. We ended up just reading the text at a later date and doing some of the experiments.
Rainbow Science — We have not used these resources but if we had to do hard science at a lower grade level, this is the curriculum we would use. All of the materials for the course experiments are provided with the exception of distilled water. The curriculum does discuss evolution, but only for the purpose of understanding it as a theory.
Online Frog Dissection: froguts.com virtual frog dissection.