An Overview of A History of Science | Beautiful Feet Books

beautiful feet books - an overview of A History of Science - a living books feast for science and historyWe are two weeks in to grade 3 and 4, starting with a gentle easement in and now fully immersed with all of our beautiful books. It’s like the story of the frog who gets put in a cold kettle and doesn’t realize the temperature keeps rising. Only, in poor frogs case the heat slowly does him in, and I am quite confident the richness of our books will not be our undoing. Maybe that was poor imagery … but regardless, we started slowly and by the end of our second week had all of our books incorporated into our schedule.

Beautiful Feet Books has a prominent place in our schooling again this year and I am so excited about their program we have chosen to use called A History of Science. I feel a little inadequate to handle science with our boys given that my husbands major is in micro biology, but these books are a well rounded diet of information – and I point them in his direction when questions beyond my scope arise.

A History of Science is a beautiful merge of science, history and biography. In our case I am using it in addition to Ambleside Online year 3 and year 4, but it is certainly enough to stand on its own to cover both history and science. It was a huge debate for me whether I wanted to forgo AO’s science (and possibly history) in place of this, but in the end decided to do it all – and here is why;
1. My husband’s schedule has changed and he is able to help me with some of the reading (and answer questions!)
2. Both boys are independently reading and I am able to assign some reading for them to do on their own (not much, but enough that it helps me enormously.)
3. BFB guide and books are a rich feast I didn’t want my children missing out on, as is AO’s schedule of books

So, here I am. Bookshelf full of beautiful books for us to feast upon this year.

Beautiful Feet Book’s A History of Science guidebook is thoughtfully laid out and very user friendly. A suggestion is given for how many lessons to accomplish per week to finish in one year or two years. I am currently undecided about how long we will take – isn’t that one of the beauties of home educating our children? The materials work for us, we are not slaves to it.

I want to share a little bit from the introduction, which is written by Rebecca Manor and so beautifully expresses why I am so excited to be using this with my children.

“Louis Pasteur once said ‘A little science estranges man from God, but much science leads him back to Him.’ Throughout this course, it is my hope that what you learn provides a window for a richer and fuller understanding of our Creator…
In writing this course, I endeavored to provide factual biographical accounts of the scientists, especially in  regards to their faith. I have also included origin theory presented from three perspectives, in order to help parents, teachers, and students discuss ideas of where we came from and why we are here. Outside of that, I believe the science speaks for itself and is a powerful illustration of the amazing world we inhabit. I believe that it is not my place as the author of a history curriculum to provide faith-based observations. Each family has a responsibility for the spiritual education of their children and with that in mind, I have written this study to allow parents to educate their children according to their own convictions and consciences.”

A resource crafted to enable discussions with the aim of deepening our faith and knowing our Creator more. I am excited for the coming year and the discussions and learning to come.

*I am working with BFB. In exchange for the curriculum I am sharing our journey through this A History of Science. First off, I want to express the caution I took in ensuring this was something I would have otherwise felt was worth paying for personally. It is. Secondly, all opinions expressed are an honest reflection of what I think.

Jessica Lynette

4 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing! I can’t wait to hear how this new unit works for you. My kids attend public school and they don’t learn a lot of the history of science. I will be looking at some of the books included to share with my kids in our home reading.

    • I thought more about this program the other day when I was on my annual ‘one on one day’ with my 11 year old daughter. She chose the Ontario Science Centre as our destination for the day and as we went through we talked a lot about what the people behind different inventions and innovations must have been like – the creative mind and vision needed to think beyond what we think we know and what we can see and feel. She is a huge reader so I will definitely be adding some books about the history of science to her bookshelf:)
      As an aside – my boys each chose a trip to Canada’s Wonderland as their one on one day this year but after hearing about her trip to the OSC have said that is on the list for next year – we might just have to make a family trip there soon! I know I’ve thanked you before but I’d like to do it again for giving me the idea of these one on one days – it is something we look forward to and has really helped me to know my kids more as individuals and inspires me to look for ways to carve out time alone with each of them throughout the year and to celebrate the things that make them each unique.

      • Love, love, love hearing this!! We are still just at the beginning of the books, but Archimedes and the Door of Science is SO good!! I thought it would be a little over their heads, but it is so well written and we are really enjoying it! I highly recommend checking out that one!
        And I love the OSC too!! We are making a trip up to see my parents this fall and that is one of the places I want to go visit with the kids!! Have you done the ROM with your kids? Or maybe school does it? I took the boys a few years ago and it was amazing. But expensive.

        • I just ordered the Archimedes book from Amazon to start with so I’m glad to hear you are liking it!

          I hadn’t been to the OSC since I was in elementary school so I didn’t really remember much about it. I loved it all! We got there when it opened at 10 and stayed right until closing at 5 and still could have used another hour or two! We went to one of the planetarium shows and it was fantastic. We were in there for around half an hour and my daughter swore it only felt like 10 minutes:)

          We did go to the ROM a couple years ago when there was an extended dinosaur exhibit on (big dinosaur lovers in our house) and we all loved it! My youngest tells was five at the time so he tells me that he has trouble remembering it all so I have a feeling we will be heading back there again next year.

          My daughter is getting a bonus excursion this year that I am really excited about. The Art Gallery of Ontario is having an exhibition they are calling ‘Mystical Landscapes’ that will be showing paintings by Van Gogh and Monet and O’Keeffe. My daughter’s birthday is around the same time and she loves all things artistic and so my husband and I will take her as her birthday present. I have never been to the AGO before. This outing is as much for me as for her! I will probably take the boys at some point too but I know that she will want to stop and sketch and look and, while they would want to do a bit of that too, I think they would make her feel rushed and I think she will enjoy taking her time.

What do you think?