Saturday, May 26, 2012

A is for Adam: A Book Review

As a homeschooling mom, it is important to me to not only teach my children their academics but also to impress upon their hearts God's Word. I want to ground them in solid, Biblical teaching so that as they grow and face the harshness of this world, their foundation will be based upon what God says and not what the world says.

One of the great things about homeschooling is that I get to choose what my children are exposed to while they learn. And I appreciate this especially in the area of science. In our public schools, evolution is taught as a fact while creationism is completely disregarded, not even mentioned. As I have taught my children, we have used secular science books at times. But instead of reading the topics concerning evolution as fact, we are able to discuss them in light of God's Word and find their error.

And I always appreciate a product/curriculum that helps me in impressing God's truth upon the heart of my children. A Is for Adam: The Gospel from Genesis, by Ken and Mally Ham is one of those kind of products.

This is a wirebound book that is attached to a triangular structure so that it can stand upright on your table while you use it. Each page covers a topic from the Bible that is related to creation and God's plan. This is done in alphabetical order. So, for instance, the first page is the "A" page which stands for Adam. The little blurb on this page says, "A is for Adam; God made him from dust. He wasn't a monkey, he looked just like us. Although some scientists don't think it was so, It was God who was there, and He ought to know."

And because of the way the book is made, you set it upright on your table so that your child can view the letter picture. All the while, you can see your teaching prompts on the page that is facing you. The parent page that faces you includes sections entitled: Let's Read; The Starting Point; Bible Bits; Let's Talk; Always Remember; Stuff to Do; Quick Review. Also on this page is a reference to another page in the book that contains further notes and background information on the particular topic from that day.

This is a very well-thought out teaching tool. It's a book but it's so much more functional just because of the format it is in. My six-year-old daughter has enjoyed this book. In fact, when I went to get it to take pics this morning, I couldn't find it because she had taken it.

The great, colorful illustrations as well as catchy rhymes make this book very appealing for a younger child, I would say, ages 3-7.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from New Leaf Publishing Group in exchange for my honest opinion.*

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