Christian Homeschool Science Curriculum
Christian Homeschool Science Curriculum provides the foundation children need to view the world through God’s eyes. Now, more than ever, Christian homeschool parents need to make sure the science they are teaching is God-honoring! Heart of Dakota’s homeschool science curriculum provides an excellent balance of God-honoring plans, doable in-the-home hands-on experiments, and academically strong science instruction.
Science in the Younger Years
At Heart of Dakota, we want our young children to see the world as a fascinating miracle, rather than to see science as a dry body of facts to be memorized. So, you’ll discover that our programs for the early years focus on hands-on activities and experiments. This helps children appreciate the wonder of God’s Creation.
Little Hearts for His Glory and Beyond Little Hearts for His Glory link the science activities to additional reading in a Christian Liberty science text. This reminds children how amazing our Creator is and helps them see His handiwork all around us. The text connects loosely to the activity at times. This makes it possible to keep a hands-on science approach linked to a God-honoring text.
As children get older, and their attention span grows, so does their thirst for knowledge. To encourage that desire, once children reach Bigger Hearts for His Glory, science becomes a daily subject. The guide structures science around daily reading assignments from a handful of fascinating biographies and living books. Along with the readings, we include a combination of narration, notebook assignments with labeled drawings and copywork, and questions and experiments with lab sheets emphasizing the scientific method. These activities link with the daily science readings. This pattern continues throughout Preparing Hearts for His Glory and during our four Hearts for Him Through Time guides for the middle years as well.
The Importance of Hands-On Experiments
At this stage, it is easy to skip hands-on experiments or to get bogged down in complex explanations. So, our programs include hands-on science activities once or twice each week. This will excite your scientist, without requiring additional preparation or planning from you.
We write all of our science activities to be quick, educational, and safe. They involve few directions, and require only items you readily have on hand. They have the added benefit of being written for your scientist to complete with minimal help from you. This saves you from having to “take over” dangerous or complicated parts of an experiment. It also guards against your science activities becoming a demonstration that you end up doing while your child watches.
Science in the Middle Years
In our series for the middle years, narrative Christian texts paired with engaging scientific biographies keep science interesting. Creation to Christ emphasizes life science and biology. Resurrection to Reformation focuses on earth science including astronomy. Revival to Revolution features a physical science emphasis, complete with Exploration Education’s unique model-building kit along with a biographical inventors’ study. Missions to Modern Marvels provides an introduction to chemistry, a fascinating look at creation vs. evolution, and the Chemistry C-500 experiment kit along with a Genetics & DNA kit.
Christian Homeschool Science Curriculum in the High School Years
In high school, we shift our focus to four years of college preparatory science. In year one, we pair well-known author John Hudson Tiner’s twelve Christian Integrated Physics and Chemistry booklets/assessments with MicroPhySci’s thirty-six labs. Next, in year two’s Biology, we pair ACE’s twelve visually appealing Christian PACEs with labs you can watch or perform. In year three, we introduce you to Dr. Jay Wile’s Discovering Design with Chemistry, which blends narrative text/detailed comprehension checks with forty-six experiments. Finally, in year four’s Astronomy and Geology/Paleontology’s course we offer a fresh alternative to physics! With ten fascinating Creation-based resources/DVDs, easily doable labs, and well-balanced assessments, we think you’ll love finishing high school with this innovative course!