caused it and worsened it, however, is not
based on facts. Currently, global warming enthusiasts are finally acknowledging
data that shows Earth is actually cooling,
but so much time and money has been
invested in their “warming” philosophy
that they’ve now renamed it “climate
change” and insist a consensus of scientists support their view. In fact, there is
no consensus. (See www.petition.org.)
Remember, facts are not the result of
consensus, but of actual scientific data.
Climate change is simply this: weather,
occurring daily since time began, waxes
and wanes in a cyclical fashion, often
driven by solar activity. Yes, we should be
good stewards of Earth’s resources, but
we should base our behavior on facts, not
fear. Always remember: teach the facts.
Safety is a priority, especially in chemistry. Think you don’t need chemistry? We
use chemicals every day in our homes
and workplaces, and we need to handle
them safely. No, your eight-year-old
should not mix everything under your
kitchen sink together for an experiment.
Simply mixing ammonia and chlorine
bleach together creates toxic fumes.
For curious children, there are many
books available with easy-to-understand
experiments that they can safely do with
parental supervision. There are also numerous experiments on YouTube and
DVDs. Safety first!
Search For Opportunities/
Recently, I came across science activities
from our first week of homeschooling
(back in 1989). We planted a small garden and flowers, documenting the proper
names of each one. (An Audubon Field
Guide is indispensable.) We checked on
the progress of the seeds daily. (Learn
how to keep a log.) Our son watched nature films again and again. (Repetition is
key.) He drew pictures of things he was
really interested in and labeled them with
their proper names. (Details are important.) We discussed babies and the roles
of parents. (Again, keep it age appropriate.) Do these sound like things you
could do? Absolutely! Take advantage of
teachable moments; they’re pure gold!
Debra Bell, in her book, The Ultimate
Guide to Homeschooling, states that if
you have a science-oriented child, be
prepared to spend some money because
they won’t be satisfied with cheap sub-
stitutes. This really hit home when we
stretched our budget to purchase LEGO®
Mindstorms for our son one Christmas.
That “toy” gave our son a creative outlet;
he used touch, light, motors, and motion
sensors. He learned the programming
language Visual Basic, and he built a ro-
bot that roamed all over the place, skills
he still uses today as an adult with a phys-
We all learn alongside our children as we
teach. How many times have we searched
for information in an encyclopedia or on
Google before teaching a topic? There
is one major component to teaching,
though, that eclipses everything else;
most enlightenment and inspiration for
students occurs when you get excited
about what you’re teaching, and that excitement is contagious!
The good news is that you don’t have to
have all the answers. Allow your students
to research things they’re interested in,
even if the material seems too technical.
They will glean enough valuable information to make it worthwhile, eventually grasping the more complex aspects.
Have you ever asked an eight-year-old
about dinosaurs and were then treated
to a 15-minute in-depth conversation
because they were fascinated by the topic
and had read every available resource?
With little science background, my
parents still gave me a strong Biblical
foundation. What I want you to understand, though, is the importance of the
fact that they always supported the science “bent” God had placed in me, and
encouraged me to pursue His will!
Send Them Equipped With Truth
I would encourage you to find a curriculum that’s written on a student level and
learn it along with your child. Investigate
things in your yard and neighborhood;
go on field trips; introduce your child to
a trusted science professional; organize
a field trip to a lab; participate in a science fair. Your child could read a biology
textbook and then attend a one- or two-day lab intensive, providing them with
hands-on laboratory experience.
If someone in your area is teaching science to homeschooled students, make
sure you understand how that person is
presenting the facts, especially regarding
evolution and environmental concerns.
If you have a science background, consider including additional students in
your own classes, or offer to teach a science class in your homeschool co-op. If
God leads you to be the science teacher,
He will give you strength and grace.
The Bottom Line
Do you trust God to have the best interests of your child at heart even more than
you? Do you trust Him enough to believe
He chose you as the parents of your child
and gave you all the necessary tools to
raise your child to be who God intended?
God has programmed it into our DNA to
learn about Him. Many of the great scientists throughout history began their scientific endeavors by simply observing God’s
creation, then having absolute confidence
that He could help them understand it.
God has already placed a bent or set an
inclination in our children toward whatever He has planned for them. We don’t
have to know everything; we just facilitate the process and support our children
in what God has called them to do. You
can do this!
Ruth Sundeen has a B.S. degree in Biology.
She home-educated her two children for
18 years, including other students for high
school science classes, including Biology,
Chemistry, Physics, and Anatomy & Physiology. She is passionate about teaching
science from a special creation standpoint,
helping students develop a love of science,
a strong grasp of the scientific evidence to
support special creation, and the conviction that they can make a difference in the
world we live in. She and her husband,
Larry, live in Abita Springs, Louisiana.
concepts [a proper
understanding of the
prevalent teachings of
evolution] can make
or break a young