Knowledge of Nature Curriculum - Chemistry & Physics for small folks!

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Can Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics be used by a non-Christian family? Religion is woven throughout this book with mentions of God and other Christian material. Please see my examples below to help you better make a decision about this book, and if it can work for your family.

Each chapter has small sections to read so I'll mark the sections that have Christian content with an asterisk and bold text, as I skim through the material in a few chapters:

Chapter 1 - 15 pages (I'm putting how many pages are in the chapter, so you can see how many mentions of God or Christian content occur throughout by looking below and put that in perspective.)

Intro* - contains Christian content throughout

In the Beginning* (talks about creation)

Forming the World* - God mentioned throughout

Everything Matters

Matter Matters

Turn Up the Volume

Mass Matters

Density Matters

Buoyancy Basics

More on Matter

Luster Matters

Color May Matter

The Shape of Matter

Hardness Matters* - a brief mention of how the Bible says the streets in heaven are paved in gold in the first paragraph

Smell Matters 

More Properties Matter

End of chapter material* - mention of how wonderful it is that God created different things, etc. in the first paragraph 

 

Chapter 2 - 13 pages

 

Moving Matter

Moving Atoms

Solid Matter

Liquid Matter

Viscosity Values

Gas Matter

Expanding and Escaping Air

Gas to Liquid to Solid to Liquid to Gas

End of chapter material* - First paragraph gives God credit for creating matter (easily to skip the 1st to sentences that mention that)

 

Chapter 3 - 19 pages

 

Building Blocks of Creation* - mentions that God has a fave building block (atoms) - in the 1st paragraph

Also mentions that when God created the earth, He made about 94 different elements in the 5th paragraph and other mentions about God (in that 5th paragraph)

Variety of Atoms* - 1st sentence mentions God creating atoms and elements (easily skipped)

Attaching Atoms* - 1st sentence mentions God knowing what elements to connect to make everything (easily skipped)

Atom Anatomy

Charged Up* - in 3rd paragraph it says, "There are so many things to discover about God's world and all He made." and the following sentence also mentions God.

Primary Positives

Neutral News

Electric Electrons

Electron Energy

Clouds, Shells, and Orbitals

Valence Valor* - in 3rd paragraph it says, "God created these to atoms to bond together..." (easily skipped)

The Periodic Table of Elements

Bonding Basics

End of chapter material

 

Chapter 4 - 20 pages

 

Compound Chemistry

Crystallized Creations* - Christian content in title: creations, in paragraph 8 mention of the verse "You are the salt of the earth" (3 sentences together that talk about that)

Subsection in the above chapter: Pressure and  Perseverance - the entire paragraph is Christian and talks about pressure as mentioned in the Bible (James 1) - not necessary to read that paragraph to teach the lesson as it's not science based but is about character.

Putty, Plastics, and Pencil Erasers

Acidic Acid* - in 3rd paragraph it says "Do you remember that most of the elements God created are metals? Acids can dissolve and corrode a lot of the elements God made."

End of chapter material

 

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I hope this helps to show how Christian content is interspersed throughout the book. I personally think it's easy enough to skip most of that, if you are going to read the book out loud to your children. I'm good at skipping things on the fly though. Some people may not be. 

For those who'd like to avoid Christian content, I can see why you would not be comfortable using it. However, please note that I do schedule in so many other books (some that even mention evolution). I think someone who is not a Christian could still use the spine book as a read-aloud, explain to your kids that it's a Christian book, so you might come across some beliefs that don't match your own, and then just don't use the one other book that is Christian (and clearly marked in the resources). 

Of course it will be up to you as to what you are OK with and not...but I think overall the curriculum is so awesome (if I do say so myself, lol ), that perhaps you can get past the Christian content in the one book to enjoy the activities and all of the other great books and kits, etc. 

Please let me know if I can answer any other questions. I want my curricula to be a good fit for whomever uses it, and I recognize that the Christian content in the spine may be too much for some (as I would not use some things that are just too way off base for my family's Christian beliefs). 

Happy homeschooling!

 

 

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