There are lots of useful, informational science books that can relate to the Cycle 1 science topics of biology and geology. I will share library finds as we come across them as well as other books from our home library. For this first post on cycle 1 science, I wanted to share Christian books on the topics we will be studying this year. I am sure we will read secular science books from the library, but there are some really great Christian books we own that fit with Cycle 1’s science.
Reference books for Cycle 1 Science:
Big Book of Earth & Sky is a 15 foot fold-out chart (like Big Book of History) and covers memory work from weeks 13-24. The first 5 or 6 feet of the chart cover the parts of the atmosphere and includes facts about these parts. Then the chart moves into types of rocks and parts of the ocean. The rest of the chart covers information related to what is found on or below the surface of our planet. I bought this book as we finished Cycle 1 our first time around, and we loved to spot the memory work while learning more about our earth and sky. This book is written from a young Earth Christian perspective and a great resource for this year’s learning. I look forward to pulling this book out with the kids again this year. (You can also order this from Answers in Genesis here if you don’t shop at Amazon.)
Institute for Creation Research’s Guide to Animals is wonderful for teaching about all the different types of animals God created. In CC’s memory work, this book goes well with weeks 1-7.
I have been looking for a great Christian reference book on plants for weeks 8-12. If you have any suggestions, please let me know in the comments or using our contact form.
Easy Readers for Cycle 1 Science:
When my oldest child was first starting to read, I bought three series of science books by Apologetics Press. These are Christian easy reader books but also have lots of information. You can get them used on Amazon, but they are much cheaper if you just order them from the publishing company so included those links instead. (These aren’t affiliate links, but just links to the best deals for the books. The complete series are not available on Amazon.)
Learn to Read Series. These are very simple books with repetitive words for your earliest readers. There are a few interesting facts, but they are more of an easy reader than a science book. In the book Ducks, Bucks, and Woodchucks, it calls deer antlers “horns.” I don’t like the use of the wrong word, but I have seen that in other easy reader books as well.
Early Reader Series. These are a little tougher reading level with a little more information in them. There is one on plants which is nice for this cycle as well as number on animals.
Advanced Reader Series. The reading level on these is the highest of the 3 sets. These have even more facts, and my older kids still like to re-read them even now.
Are there other great Christian books for teaching these topics that I have left off my list? What are your family’s favorites?
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