Science Curriculum that compares origins of Earth Theories?

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rinibean
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Science Curriculum that compares origins of Earth Theories?

Postby rinibean » Wed May 04, 2016 10:54 am

Hi,

My son is heading into 3rd grade next year, and I'd like to start a science curriculum. Thus far we just kind of read on our own.

I'm interested in finding a science curriculum that isn't afraid to compare and contrast the scientific theories and biblical theories for the origins of the earth and the origin of man. I want my kids to be prepared for all the different theories they will encounter over their schooling, whether it is with me or elsewhere. I want them to be able to compare and contrast all of the theories.

I'm not sure that I will find what I'm looking for in one curriculum, so I am willing to pair some things together. But, especially with a young earth curriculum, I want it to have some "meat" to it. Where science and religion conflict, I'd like it to refute the scientific evidence, not just give a basic "the bible says the earth was created in 7 days so it was" argument. I want to see why the conclusions were drawn, and why they believe other scientists are wrong.

I would love also for a secular curriculum to address the scientific basis for why young earth creationists are wrong, and the process by which those conclusions were reached.

Something as simple as fossils, for example, really are taught so differently depending on the secular or religious point of view of the curriculum. We are doing dinosaurs right now, and many of the religious books are very shallow and don't present much evidence.

My goal is to give my kids a very well rounded view of scientific and religious perspectives, and I'm not sure how to accomplish this without spending a ridiculous amount of time compiling bits and pieces of information on my own. Can anyone suggest a couple of options for accomplishing this? I realize that all this will not be tackled in 3rd grade, but I would like to find a curriculum or two that we can stick with over time. The origins of the earth are relevant when discussing so many other scientific topics that will be covered in the elementary years, so I feel like I sort of need to find two curriculums, one secular and one Christian, that follow a similar sequence that we can do together.

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Re: Science Curriculum that compares origins of Earth Theories?

Postby didomach » Thu Jul 14, 2016 1:18 pm

I came across a course on Study.com https://study.com/academy/lesson/the-great-flood-and-population-migrations.html (not sure if the link will work--a trial membership is free) that brought up the flood myths in a very fair half secular/half biblical way. I was surprised. Perhaps if you look on there you will see some science curriculum that does the same with the Big Bang. Alternately, take a look at http://www.reasons.org. Their Good Science Good Faith curriculum http://shop.reasons.org/category-s/1826.htm takes a serious approach to science, beginnings, neanderthals, etc. I think it's really fair, without giving a flippant claim that faith is enough. They have a video called Dual Revelation that I think succinctly presents the conflict you probably are feeling.

I used the Good Science Good Faith curriculum with my 12th/11th/8th graders last year and it worked great. We also used TrueU curriculum, but that is more apologetics, and a bit beyond what your son needs. Their other books, meanwhile, as well as their free videos, can give you a good foundation. I am not so crazy about Apologia's materials because, while they are academic, they don't give credence to old earth perspectives. You might want to decide if you will be promoting faith with your son. If so, we should not be afraid of science showing something contrary to Truth. Human interpretations are what can be mistaken. Not the facts. Understanding the difference is really important. The Reasons to Believe resources are right out there in learning what the scientists are discovering, and how it confirms the biblical creation model.

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Re: Science Curriculum that compares origins of Earth Theories?

Postby willyanmorgan » Sat Jul 16, 2016 3:08 pm

I have taught Biology at a homeschool co-op for several years and would be glad to provide you with my list of links. I use it to provide research and information for students to form their own opinions about the origins of the earth and species. It covers the whole spectrum from straight evolution to young earth creation. Although I created it for high school students, perhaps it would give you a good place to start.
If you'd like it, please email me at gnaturewithgnat@gmail.com


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