The Foundations of Science: Animals (Set)

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The set includes the textbook, workbook, audiobook, and streaming video.

“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?”

—Job 38:4

The Foundations of Science introduces children to the wonders of the natural world in light of God’s providential care over creation.

Too often we hear messages that science is in conflict with faith, but Pope St. John Paul II wrote that faith and science “each can draw the other into a wider world, a world in which both can flourish.” Foundations seeks to spawn this flourishing in the hearts and minds of young readers, guiding them into a world that will delight their imaginations and inspire awe in the awesome power of God.

Authored by Dr. Timothy Polnaszek, this eight-part series covers an extensive scope of scientific studies, from animals and plants, to the galaxies of outer space and the depths of the ocean, to cells and organisms, to the curiosities of chemistry and the marvels of our planet. Still more, it reveals the intricate order found beneath the surface of creation and chronicles many of the Church’s contributions to science throughout history.

Animals: Creatures of the Wild offers a tour of the animal kingdom and the habitats in which mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects, and fish live and thrive. Children will discover how animals find and hunt for food, how and why they live in concert with other animals, why they migrate or hibernate, and more.

Did you know . . .

  • spiders eat more than 400 million tons of insects each year?
  • honey bees sometimes “dance” to communicate with each other?
  • the olm salamander can go ten years without eating anything?
  • snapping turtles can use their tongue as bait, making it look like a worm, to lure fish close to their mouths?
  • a bald eagle could read a newspaper from across a football field (assuming they could read, of course!)?
  • the arctic tern flies from Greenland to Antarctica (and back) each year, which means that it flies more than forty thousand miles per year?
  • cheetahs can run over sixty miles per hour?
  • certain species of ants count their own steps to find their way back to their anthill?

In addition, children will also learn about St. Francis, the patron saint of animals; the story of St. Brendan and the whales; St. Modomnoc and the bees; the serpent from Genesis; and how the Church teaches that our care for animals can bring us closer to God.

Take a journey back to when God laid the foundation of the world with this groundbreaking science curriculum! 

Timothy Polnaszek, PhD
Publication Date:
April 5th, 2021
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3 Reviews

  • 5
    I wish we switched sooner!

    Posted by Julia F. on Jan 2nd 2023

    I adore having a modern, Catholic curricula that doesnt take an hour+ each day! I am loving the family-style, compact units so much as are my kids. The pictures are gorgeous, the information is concise but allows for rabbit trails if we decide we want them, and I dont have to support curricula that no longer focuses on everything but Catholicism. Its easy to add required reading, YouTube, experiments for any of my children but for my younger kids, they find a few facts each chapter to be interesting and it works beautifully regardless of age, ability, or skill level. I have one child that does all of the workbook pages and one thats content with a basic narration but regardless, we get to enjoy the One Room Schoolhouse method. We all enjoy the humor sprinkled throughout as well as the odd/interesting facts; those always grab my childrens attention. We break 1 chapter up into 2 days of reading and lessons, with workbook, are done in 15-20 minutes. Great job Tan! Im loving the Tan Academy choices so much! I wish I would have bought this a long time ago rather than fumbling through with another beautifulù curricula. Its great to support a 100% Catholic company knowing my money isnt going to be used in ways that runs contrary to our faith. Thank you!

  • 4
    Good! Could be improved.

    Posted by Heather K. on Aug 10th 2022

    Good for younger kiddos. Could be useful for older children also if there were some sort of assessments with the set.

  • 5
    Great for the whole family!

    Posted by Sarah S. on Jul 25th 2022

    We are having a great time learning about animals all together!

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