Creation science has always been a topic of conversation in our home. That’s why we’re always grateful to discover new resources that help us dig in and understand the biblical account of creation in new ways.
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That’s where Chuck Renstrom’s Do You See What I See? comes in to the picture.
Do You See What I See? is full of detailed color photographs that make it easy to visualize earth before Noah’s flood and the way the flood impacted land, animals, and sea creatures.
But before we dig into that too much, let’s look at why it’s important to include creation science in your homeschool plans.
The Case for Teaching Creation Science in Your Homeschool
So, why is creation science so important for Christian families? Here are three important things to keep in mind.
1. Children’s Entertainment Is Full of Evolution, Big Bang, and Other Theories That Disregard Biblical Creation.
Dinosaur Train, Wild Kratts, Magic School Bus, Dora, Diego, Sid the Science Kid, Dino Dan and Dino Dana, Bill Nye the Science Guy: I could go on and on.
Friends, it starts early and it’s everywhere.
Don’t get me wrong, I love incorporating educational TV shows into our normal homeschool routine. The problem is that it’s uncommon to find one that teaches science from a Christian worldview.
If your kids are watching any kind of educational TV, they’re exposed to views that completely contradict the biblical account of creation. I hate it because those shows are great in lots of ways, but they’re planting seeds that confuse our kids and challenge what we know is truth.
The only exceptions to this rule will come if you are specifically seeking educational television presented from a Christian worldview. Unfortunately those are hard to find and they’re not usually high quality programming.
It’s not just TV. Most easy-to-find kid lit selections feature delightful characters and awesome illustrations that keep kids engaged as they read about evolution and old earth as fact and not theory.
Between TV, movies, books, and other media, it’s entirely possible that your preschoolers have heard the earth is billions of years old and that humans were once monkeys, fish, or blobs of matter before they were fully potty trained.
2. Church Isn’t Enough.
It might be ideal to think we can rely on our churches to take the lead in teaching creationism and apologetics, but that’s not the case.
The math says it all. If your kids spend two hours in church every Sunday for a year, that’s 104 hours in church. Keep in mind that kind of attendance is best-case scenario.
Miss a few Sundays and your time in church is less than a hundred hours in the 8,760 hours in your year. Even then, all of those hours will not be spent on creation science.
Through your church alone, your kids will most likely learn a variety of Old and New Testament truths in the course of a year. While creation science may be referenced on and off in those, it’s not usually covered enough for anyone — adults included — to get a solid understanding.
Point being, your church may be a blessing to you and your family, but it’s probably not providing significant coverage in the way of creation science.
If your kids are going to hear regular teachings on biblical creation, it’s on you to make it happen. Church alone isn’t enough.
3. Creation Science Helps Connect Other Subjects.
“Education is the science of relations.”– Charlotte Mason
I attended public schools in my childhood and teenage years. Because of my educational background, I grew up with a very disjointed knowledge base among the core subjects.
Here’s the thing: it doesn’t have to be that way for homeschoolers. We have the opportunity to include biblical truth in all subjects. Better yet, we have the unique privilege of connecting the dots between biblical truth and everything else.
Knowing creation science helps connect those dots in a way that no other subject can. From history, to geography, to science, the formerly disjointed comes together through creation science to tell God’s big story in a cohesive way.
How to Teach Creation Science
Now that we’ve covered the why behind teaching creation science in our homeschools, let’s talk about how. Here are three ways to help you make this a regular part of your homeschool.
1. Obviously The Bible itself is the best place to start. As with any other subject, we’ll always get more from God’s Word by reading it rather than reading about it.
3. You can also use quality books from Christian authors to help your kids grasp aspects of creation science like creation itself and the flood in Genesis.
For example, Chuck Renstrom’s Do You See What I See? is a great resource for anyone who has a hard time grasping earth before and after the flood in Genesis 6-8.
I usually find it difficult to imagine a world that looks different than I see it now. I also find it downright mind-boggling to think of animals I’ve never seen. That’s why a book like Do You See What I See? is so valuable to me.
In it, author and photographer Chuck Renstrom shares more than one hundred pages of incredible photographs taken in Colorado. These photos feature rock formations and mudfossils taken in areas that are known to be rich in fossils.
The amazing thing about all of these rock formations and mudfossils is that they point to the worldwide flood and spur on further exploration. A resource that spurs more learning is always a good sign, right?!? 🙂
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In closing, be encouraged. As Christian parents, we may be up against lots of scientific teachings that contradict biblical truth, but we’re in a great position as homeschooling families.
We can steward our time well and use it to give our children a solid foundation in creation science. That way they’re rooted in truth and confident in the love of our Creator. When it comes down to it, there’s no better gift we can give our children.