“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?”
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.
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.
Earth: Exploring Our Home sends children out into the far corners of our planet to discover natural wonders, while along the way gaining new insights and understanding about the world in which they live. From the formation of mountain ranges caused by shifting tectonic plates, to the earth’s tilt and our rotation around the sun which gives us the four seasons, from our many-layered atmosphere and the solar energy that permeates it, to a study of weather patterns and climate . . . young explorers will come to appreciate the beauty and intricate order of this fascinating home God has blessed us with.
Did you know . . .
- the earth travels at a speed of around 67,000 miles per hour on its yearly trip around the sun?
- a national park in Kentucky holds a cave system that covers over 80 square miles?
- the earth’s magnetic field is what allows us to navigate by using a compass?
- our oceans are so vast and deep that there are enormous mountain ranges beneath the sea?
- the uppermost layer of our atmosphere—the exosphere—is over 6,000 miles thick?
In addition, children will also learn about the Holy Spirit coming like fire on the day of Pentecost and review the many biblical scenes that took place in the desert. They will also be introduced to St. Damian of Molokai, who ministered to the lepers on the islands of Hawaii, and St. Kateri, the patron of the environment, among other saints and members of Christ’s Church who have made vital contributions to science.
Take a journey back to when God laid the foundation of the world with this groundbreaking science curriculum!
- Timothy Polnaszek, PhD
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Earth: Exploring Our Home by Timothy Polnaszek is a delightful and truly educational grade school geology and weather textbook. It does a good job of giving a clear and concise overview of the basics of geology and meteorology. But more than that, this book is filled with beautiful pictures which show just how magnificent Earth is. Very few textbooks do that, which is what makes this book especially valuable. There are also inspirational parts, such as this quote: Blessed Nicolas Steno, one of the founders of modern geology, said: Beautiful is what we see. More beautiful is what we comprehend. Most beautiful is what we do not comprehend.ù We usually think of beauty as a property of physical objects, but ideas and thought can be beautiful too. And this book has many beautiful thoughts. I highly recommend this book.
I have the first four of the set. My 7 year old loves them. The book has plenty of pictures and colors. I am thankful for the resource.