The Foundations of Science: Oceans (Textbook)

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“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.

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.

Oceans: Mysteries of the Deep plunges children below the giant, blue seas of our planet, introducing them to a mysterious world that we know less about than the surface of the moon. This exploration of our oceans will reveal the incredible diversity found in coral reefs and the countless species of fish and other aquatic life, as well as examine the zones and currents of the seas and all the ways we depend on the oceans in our daily lives. 

Did you know . . .

  • The oceans' tides are caused in part by the gravitational forces exerted on it by the moon?
  • The majority of all life on earth is aquatic?
  • The world's largest mountain chain is under water?
  • The Dead Sea gets its name because it is five times saltier than the ocean, making it very difficult for aquatic life to live there?
  • Some leatherback sea turtles have been known to migrate ten thousand miles between egg-laying sites and feeding grounds? 
  • Kelp, a kind of brown algae, can grow over two hundred feet long? 
  • Ocean currents in the Northern Hemisphere flow in a clockwise direction, while in the Southern Hemisphere, they flow counterclockwise? 

In addition, children will also read about miracles from the Bible that took place at sea, learn about the power of the Sacrament of Baptism, come to know why Our Lady is called Stella Maris, and be introduced to the saintly fishermen who were the closest followers of Christ.  

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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  • 5
    A thrilling adventure through strange seas of thought

    Posted by Charles S. on May 24th 2023

    William Wordsworth wrote this epitaph for the grave of Sir Isaac Newton: Here lies a mind forever voyaging through strange seas of thought, alone.ù Timothy Polnaszeks Catholic grade school homeschooling textbook Oceans Mysteries of the Deep will take you on a delightful voyage through the earths oceans, revealing their beauty and mysteries. This textbook is everything that an introductory textbook should be. It is clear, brief, and insightful. But what really makes this book outstanding are the beautiful pictures that illustrate every page of this book. The main theme of the book is that the earths oceans are a great gift, providing us with amazing plants and animals, food, metals, minerals, fossil fuels, transportation, recreation and beauty. Polnaszek includes this quote from the early 19th century biology William Beebe: All about us, nature puts on the most thrilling adventure stories ever created, but we have to use our eyes.ù The pictures in this book illustrate just how wondrous and beautiful the oceans are, and this book will inspire a love and appreciation of the great gift of the oceans.

  • 5
    Foundations of Science

    Posted by Jen L. on Jul 30th 2022

    We are enjoying the first 4 books in the series. The pictures are wonderful and we enjoy the inclusion of our Catholic faith and information about Saints into our studies of science. One critique we have is that the font is small. One of our sons is having trouble reading the text because it seems to be smaller that average printed text.