God’s Wonderful World
Published by Rod & Staff Publishers
Reviewed by The Link staff
Once again, Rod & Staff has published a marvelous series of books called, God’s Wonderful World. This is a series of science books that integrate science and Christianity into a great synergetic experience. It is an excellent choice for those who wish to base their learning of science on God’s creation and bible stories. The books are designed for students in elementary, middle school and perhaps even early high school. Rod & Staff present their teaching method in a more spiritually guided way to understanding nature on Earth. Rod & Staff designed the books directly for those who are just learning the fundamentals of science and helps explain the Christian point of view on how there is evidence of God in nature and in all other aspects of the world.
The series of science books is split up into the teacher’s manual and the student’s textbooks. By doing so, both teacher and student have a reference for the lesson plans and exercises. The teacher’s manual provides help for the teacher as well as for the student, whether it is teaching advice or homework assistance. Teacher’s manuals are all equipped with detailed instructions for each lesson plan and also provides the answers to all of the questions that are featured in the children’s workbooks.
The lessons and teaching methods provided in both books help give advice and learning techniques to help the teacher and the student learn the material with as much ease as possible. The textbook series uses certain bible stories throughout to help children learn not only about the fundamentals of science but also about biblical history. Both teacher’s manual and children’s workbook are set up in an easy-to-learn format.
The student books are divided into units and lessons. Each unit contains 4-8 lessons and goes over basic principles of science and an explanation as to why God created it. The student books also feature large fonts and illustrations, which makes it easier to learn and understand. The beginning of each chapter features “new words” and their definition. These “new words” are integrated throughout the lesson so that learning the definition and their role in science is easy for students to understand and identify. The end-of-the-lesson plans all feature exercises that help the student apply what s/he has learned. If a student is not satisfied with enough work or perhaps wants to reinforce the key concepts applied, s/he can also answer the “extra activities.”
The teacher’s manuals include a miniaturized version of the student textbooks and also include the answers to the textbook lesson exercises that the students need to answer. This makes it easier and faster to grade lesson plans, so that teachers can concentrate on other lesson plans for the day.
However, the teacher’s manual offers more to the student and teacher than just answers to lesson exercises. The teacher’s manual also offer “Remember the textbook theme”, “Recommended teaching plans” and “How-to-use activities.” “Remember the textbook theme” reminds teachers of how the lessons are to be taught and to “be sure your students understand the relation of their text to the Book of Psalms.” It is important to distinguish this book from all other science books. This is not a scientific-method-orientated science book, rather it is a faith and Christian orientated science book that focuses on God’s creations rather than evolution.
As a supplement book, Rod & Staff also publishes a “Patterns of Nature” workbook, that offers a closer look at nature, by providing additional lesson plans and exercises which allow students to learn more about how God created many of the animals and plants inside of nature so that humans could enjoy from it. Overall, this is a great series of science books. It teaches children about God and his role in the creation of the world and all of its living creatures. ■