God's Design Science, fourth editions

God's Design Science, fourth editions

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When I first reviewed the original editions of the God’s Design science series for grades 1 through 8, I was not very excited about them. However, the third editions (2008-2009) were totally redesigned with significant content improvements, resulting in an outstanding program. Now, the fourth editions are even better.

There are four groups of books within the series. There are three textbooks in each group with a teacher supplement for each text that includes teaching information, supply lists, and answer keys. You can also download free PDF files with all of the worksheets and tests.

Titles for each of the four groups are:
Life: The Human Body, The World of Plants, The World of Animals
Heaven and Earth: Our Planet Earth, Our Weather and Water, Our Universe
Chemistry and Ecology: Properties of Matter, Properties of Atoms and Molecules, Properties of Ecosystems
Physical World: Heat and Energy, Machines and Motion, Inventions and Technology

You can purchase the books individually, but it makes more sense to buy the sets for each group—the three texts plus the three teacher supplements—or a complete set of all of the books.

There are a number of features that set these books apart. First, the books are ungraded; the content is appropriate for grades three through eight. So you can teach your children together if they fit within this range of grade levels.

According to the authors, you might complete any of the groups of three texts in a single school year. With three books per group, you would complete three lessons per week, spending about 45 minutes per lesson with older students and less time with younger students.

The philosophical and theological information at the front of each of the teacher supplement books —a must read for teachers—is critical for understanding the unique perspective and design of these textbooks. Downloadable PDF files have worksheets for some of the lessons—some are required as part of the activities. Many of these are data recording sheets or other means of recording observations....

Brief teaching instructions are also found at the beginning of each textbook. They point out the icon coding system used to indicate lessons and activities targeted for younger and older students....

The books in this series all reflect a Christian worldview, including a young-earth view of creation. Contrasts are made between evolution and creationist views when pertinent to the topic, especially in the texts related to life science and earth science.

Hands-on experiments and activities are built into every lesson....

Activities are followed by a “What did we learn?” section. These are just a few key questions for the teacher to ask to ensure that students understand the main points of the lesson. Suggested answers are provided in the teacher supplement.

Next is a “Taking it further” section with questions that will help children extend their thinking to draw some conclusions or make additional connections or applications....
At the end of each book is a unit final project....

Textbooks are printed in full-color with numerous, high-quality illustrations and excellent graphics....

These features make this series a practical choice for Christian homeschooling families as well as for classroom teachers in Christian schools. However, there are a few issues that you might want to consider as you use this series.

Textbooks are written to address a wide age span. Even with the delineation of sections appropriate for older and younger students, some sections of text are dense with new vocabulary. You might find that some children will have a hard time just listening to and absorbing so much detail....Sometimes you might need to explain lesson material so that students can grasp concepts.

As I read through some of the lessons, I thought that I would very likely use the experiments and activities as the basis from which I would present the lesson information rather than presenting information first. If younger children can see and touch things as they are learning they will be able to understand better than if they are listening to what (to them) sounds like abstract information....

Overall, I like this combination of information with experiments and activities plus questions to ensure understanding. The variety of activities effectively reaches children with different learning styles.

Pricing Information

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Comparison pricing shows only representative titles and sets since there are so many in the series.

God's Design for Science Complete Set


God's Design for Life: The Human Body Teacher Guid


God's Design for Heaven and Earth: Our Planet Eart


God's Design for Heaven and Earth: Our Planet Eart


God's Design for Heaven & Earth Set


God's Design for Chemistry and Ecology Set


God's Design for Life Set


God's Design for the Physical World Set


God's Design for Life: The Human Body Student Text

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Instant Key

  • Suitable For: group or one-on-one
  • Audience: high
  • Prep Time Needed: moderate to high depending how you use the books
  • Teacher's Manual: essential
  • Educational Approach: traditional plus hands-on
  • Religious Perspective: Protestant

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