Thursday, May 26, 2011

TOS Review - Eagle's Wings: Considering God's Creation

This was a real treat! A real, actual, physical product. An actual book with real pages that I can page through!!

OK, as you know (well some of you), I've been part of the TOS (The Old Schoolhouse) Review Crew. We receive educational, homeschool products for free, use it and then blog about it and give our honest opinion about the said product. Being in NZ though I mostly get electronic products or website subscriptions. BUT every now and then (well, twice) I get a physical product. This was the last product for the year and it was a 'real' one! So I was VERY Excited about this : )  can you see my grin?

OK, so what was this product I got so excited about?

The product:
Eagle's Wings: Considering God's Creation is a science curriculum from Eagle's Wings Education Material that can be used on its own or as a supplement to another curriculum. It is written from a Biblical, creationist perspective and is suitable for a range of ages. It is suggested that this curriculum can be used for students from 2nd to 7th grade.
I'm sure the creative homeschooler can go even beyond that : )

Other products:
Eagle's Wings Education Material is written by homeschoolers and they have several products for sale. Go HERE to see what else they have to offer.

Eagle's Wings: Considering God's Creation retails for US$29.95. This includes a 128-page Teacher's Manual, a 269-page Student Notebook and Audio CD. Additional Student Notebooks (Work books) and CD's can be bought for US$13.95 and US$3.00 respectively. The Student Notebook has limited photocopy permission so you can copy the pages for other kids in the family or class.

DISCLAIMER: As part of the TOS Review Crew, I received a free copy of this product for review purposes in exchange for my honest, personal opinion. I did not receive any other compensation. (But I mentioned this already).

So the big day came when it arrived. I ripped open the package.... well I tried to but it was really well wrapped!! I opened the package and smelled the pages.... (yes I sniff books!!)..... anyway.....

What does this product offer?:

This curriculum covers the following topics (from the website):

    • Universe
    • Stars
    • Solar System
    • Earth
    • Light
    • Sound
    • Wind
    • Weather
    • Clouds
    • Rocks
    • Plants
    • Insects
    • Mammals
    • Reptiles
    • Birds
    • Fish
    • Amphibians
    • Food Chains
    • Reproduction and Genetics
    • Human
    • Animal Anatomy
    • Physiology

These topics are divided up into 52 lessons! It states 36, but some topics are divided up into Lesson 5A, 5B etc. So I counted them and it ends up as 52 lessons all up. Not bad for $29.95!

Lessons include some or all of the following:

  • Preparation (what you need before hand and resources you will need to complete the activity)
  • Vocabulary (definitions of words used in the lesson)
  • Introduction (well, it introduces the topic)
  • Song/poem (Word to songs found on the CD)
  • Bible Reading (Scripture references relating to the topic)
  • Activity (Something fun and practical to do relating to the lesson)
  • Notebook (Filling out the worksheets)
  • Evolution Stumpers (Questioning certain findings given as evidence for evolution)
  • Digging Deeper (More resources for older students or if you want to learn more about the topic)
  • Review
  • Test (Crossword)
How did we use it?

We did one lesson a week for 5 weeks although we spent 3 weeks on Lesson 4 which looked at the planets individually. Part of the reason we spent longer on this is because we spent some time on the NASA website looking at the planets. :) We also started on Lesson 2 as we covered creation well in history.

I'm known to reinvent the wheel, but this wheel needed no changing : )  I simply followed the instructions! The first few pages of the Teacher's Manual have many ideas and suggestions on how to use this resource.

I gathered the simple supplies needed for the activity the evening before and also got a note book for each of the kids.

I got the kids to write the vocabulary words in their notebook and then we read the introduction and looked up some of the scripture references.

I prepped some things for the activity in advanced when I thought it might take too long, but the rest was done as a family.

The kids then filled out some of the worksheets or wrote things down in their note books.

Lesson 2 activity: My place in the Universe

'Slide projector' with Star Slides of the constellations:

The 'Slide Projector' - NOT an advert for new balance : )
The 'Slide Projector' with a 'Slide' of The Little Dipper

'Star Slides'

Lesson 3 activity:

The Planets in our Solar System
Lesson 4 had the kids complete worksheets on the individual planets. For samples of the Student Notebook click HERE.

What did we think about it?

I am very grateful to have received this product and will continue to use it. The kids (and I) enjoyed doing the activities and were keen to look up the passages in the Bible. They also enjoyed learning new words and want to use the vocabulary words as part of their spelling words!! (Yes, my kids ask me for spelling tests! I know - its weird).

It is an easy to use resource and have loads of extension reading / research to do. Something the kids are getting into and enjoying. Although I did use this product as suggested, it leaves lots of scope for tweaking it to different learning styles and preferences.

I like that it brings the creation back to our Creator and even like the Evolution Stumpers. Not because it goes against evolution but because it gets us thinking and debating and asking WHY we believe certain things.

My children enjoyed filling out some of the worksheets, although for some older students some of the worksheets might feel a bit young.

One think I did not like about this product was the CD. I listened to some of the songs and then decided not to use it at all. I found the vocalist frustrating to listen to and the songs better suited to very young children. This however, is my personal opinion and not to say that others would not find enjoyment out of it.

Read HERE what my fellow crew members thought of this product.

Thank you Eagle's Wings Education Material for the chance to use and review this product!!



Kim said...

I was very thankful for your pictures today. I could not figure out what our planet page was supposed to look like. My son is excited now!

P.S. I am also a book sniffer!! :D

Elizabeth said...

Hi Kim :) Thanks for your comment. So glad the post was useful. Hope you and your son will have lots of fun!