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Dialectic Stage
Science Curriculum


Using the Online Catalog


General Science: 7th Grade
Dialectic stage science study revolves around the creation-evolution debate: learning what the issues are in this debate, and evaluating those issues with logic and the truth of Scripture. Because an understanding of introductory biology, chemistry, and physical processes is necessary in order to follow scientific discussions concerning creation and evolution, this introduction is recommended for 7th grade.

Creation Science: 8th Grade
From theology and history we know that God created the world and everything in it, and gave life to His creation. Therefore the theory that life evolved from non-life (neo-darwinism) cannot be true. But what position does the science support? The 8th or 9th grade year explores the issues.

Origins Science Debate: 9th Grade
Many branches of science are involved in the debate over origins. There are also many resources available which address the different questions involved. Here are the best, for those who want to delve into more detail in the 9th grade year (or in the rhetoric stage), after a year exploring the Creation Science issues.


General Science

Click to order The RainbowThe Rainbow
Dr. Durrell Dobbins

For 7th grade, or 7th and 8th grades. The Rainbow is an introductory science curriculum written for the junior high student. In 125 lessons, The Rainbow covers first, introductory physics in 30 lessons, from Newton’s Laws of Motion through light theory. Second, The Rainbow covers chemistry in 32 lessons, from the properties of matter through kinetics; third, The Rainbow covers biology in 43 lessons, from defining life through population dynamics; and finally, it covers earth science in 20 lessons, from the scientific method through outer space. The 125 lessons covered in The Rainbow text can be completed in one year. The Rainbow is described as a two-year text because the home laboratory kit and experiments which are recommended to accompany the text extend the course of study to cover two years thus: there is a laboratory exercise for every two text lessons, so if one studies science 3 times per week (2 text lessons and 1 lab lesson), the course will be completed in two years.

It is up to the parents to decide whether to utilize just The Rainbow text, and complete the course in one year, or to use both The Rainbow text and The Rainbow Home Laboratory kit, and complete the course in two years. The home laboratory kit is expensive, so the cost may dictate matters here. We used both the text and the lab. My thoughts on it after completing the course: the text is thorough and introduces all the knowledge necessary. It is not so much that new knowledge is introduced through the lab lessons, but more that the kids get to see for themselves the principles in action which they read about in the text. Where are you as a family? Would you like to begin science labs in the dialectic, or do them in the rhetoric? Can you wait to dive into the creation science and origins debate, to hone dialectic stage argumentation and debating skills, or not? The Rainbow labs make dialectic stage science study more like what is going in the junior highs, and this is a plus for some parents and a minus for others (for those for whom it is a minus, The Rainbow labs can seem like “twaddle”). There is no right or wrong answer here. Let each one be convinced in his own mind.

What you will need if you just want to take one year, 7th grade, for introductory science, and want to skip the home lab for now: The Rainbow two-year text, and The Rainbow Teacher’s Helper, which will provide helpful guidance in teaching from the text. If you want to take two years, 7th and 8th grade, to complete the course, and do the lab lessons along with the text lessons, you will need in the first year: The Rainbow two-year text, the Teacher’s Helper, the Durable Lab Equipment set, the Renewable Lab Supplies, and the Lab Workbook. In the second year, you will need the Durable Lab Equipment set for year two, the Renewable Lab supplies for year two, and the Lab Workbook for year two. Questions? Contact Dr. Dobbins at Beginnings Publishing.

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Creation Science

For 8th grade, or the year following General Science. In The Rainbow, students learned what the theory of evolution teaches, where it came from, and why it is controversial, not only among laymen, but also among scientists. In this year, students will learn of another theory of origins opposite of evolutionary theory: creation theory; and that a true understanding of creation theory is supported by science. The three main areas in which creation theory is attacked by evolutionary theory are: the age of the earth and the universe, the fossil record, and the biological systems of life. In this year, all three areas will be studied in depth.

While we previously recommended Unlocking the Mysteries of Creation by Dennis Petersen for use in this spot in the dialectic stage, we can no longer recommend the newest edition now out due to inaccuracies and errors of science in the text. The following suggestions present science without inaccuracies as much as can be known, and help dialectic stage children study modern creation science theory while developing the critical thinking so necessary to scientific investigation.

Click to order It All Begins With GenesisIt All Begins With Genesis
Sheila Richardson

Subtitled: Learning to Think Biblically About the World. This curriculum from Answers in Genesis begins with the beginning, Genesis chapters 1-11, and is the ideal place to begin a study on the creation theory of origins. As theology is the queen of the sciences, this curriculum covers in 34 lessons the theological, historic, and scientific introduction to creation science. The curriculum is available using either the KJV, or NIV/NAS Scripture references. The teacher’s edition includes a CD ROM with full screen illustrations which help make the point of the lessons, for use with either PowerPoint, overhead transparancies, or printouts. A complete listing of the lessons covered as well as lesson excerpts can be viewed at the informaton page for this curriculum. Plan to take 7 to 9 weeks to complete this curriculum.


Click to order The Young EarthThe Young Earth
Dr. John D. Morris

A geologist introduces the problems existing in the science of geology which cannot be explained by an old age of the earth, as well as those facts which are readily explained by a young age of the earth. Topics covered include: reading rocks, the biblical record, the two views of the earth’s age contrasted, dating methods, radioisotope dating, human history and the young earth, world wide physical processes, geologic evidence for a young earth, and the story the rocks tell. Plan to take 9 weeks to complete this curriculum.


Click to order Grand Canyon: Monument to the Flood Click to order Mount St. Helens: Explosive Evidence for CatastropheGrand Canyon: Monument to the Flood
Mount St. Helens: Explosive Evidence for Catastrophe
Institute for Creation Research

Each of these one-hour long videos tackles a different aspect of geology and the age of the earth question. In Grand Canyon, go on a tour of the canyon itself with Dr. Steven Austin, while he explains the formations and rock layers from a catastrophic (the canyon formed from massive flood water drainage), rather than a uniformist (the canyon formed over millions of years by the Colorado River eroding it at the same rate observed today), point of view. In Mount St. Helens, Dr. Steven Austin’s own video of the explosive eruption and the aftermath shows the massive flooding of the Mount St. Helens glaciers carving deep canyons in the space of a few weeks rather than millions of years. Plan to take 2 days to view and discuss these videos.


Click to order The Great Dinosaur Mystery SolvedThe Great Dinosaur Mystery Solved
Ken Ham

Evolutionists love to point to dinosaur skeletons in order to debunk Genesis 1-11, since everyone knows dinosaurs lived 65 million years ago. Right? Wrong! This information-packed dinosaur book is based on the authority of the Bible. In it, Ken Ham, in his own distinct and understandable teaching style, explains how to understand the big picture of the Earth’s history ... from a biblical perspective. He then applies this biblical foundation to the intriguing topic of dinosaurs -- the Bible actually makes the subject of dinosaurs come “alive” as their great mystery is solved. You’ll also learn how to effectively use dinosaurs as “Missionary Lizards.” This book explains dinosaurs from a biblical basis. Plan to take 2 weeks to complete this book.


Click to order Of Pandas and PeopleOf Pandas and People: The Central Question of Biological Origins
Percival Davis, Dean Kenyon, Charles Thaxton

Of Pandas and People gives evidence for intelligent design from origin-of-life studies, biochemistry, genetics, homology, and paleontology. In a unique manner, Of Pandas and People gives the pros and cons of both the biological-evolution theory and the intelligent-design concept. Pandas promotes a widely recognized goal of science education by fostering a questioning, skeptical and scrutinizing mindset. This supplemental biology textbook provides an extensive index, glossary, references, and suggested reading and resources to help familarize the reader with the material. Pandas is enhanced by the use of numerous diagrams, charts, illustrations and full-color pictures. The introduction contains a very well-written teacher’s overview of each chapter, so that parents can quickly identify the main points and devise discussion questions. Topics covered include: origins of life, genetics and macroevolution, origin of species, fossil record, homology, and biochemical similarities. Plan to take about 12 to 16 weeks to finish this curriculum (2 to 3 weeks per chapter).
Out of print. Search AddAll.com or BookFinder.com via a title search using “of pandas and people” and an author search using “davis.” If a used copy of the book cannot be found, request your public library to interlibrary loan a copy in for you, and when it comes in, copy it and bind it at a copy store, and return the book to the library. The U.S. Copyright Law contains a fair use provision which allows an educator to make a single copy of out-of-print materials if needed for use in teaching (not for profit or publication).

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Origins Science Debate

For 9th grade, or after completion of one year of Creation Science. In 8th grade, if students completed the 8th grade recommendations, they learned that scientific facts are neutral, but that human interpretation of those facts are not. Facts are interpreted within a framework of beliefs about the world. Evolutionists interpret facts within a framework of unproven assumptions about the world, a belief system, a worldview, which requires a naturalistic (or no God) explanation. Creationists also interpret facts within a framework of unproven assumptions about the world, a belief system, a worldview, which begins with God as Creator. In this year, students learn that while evolutionists often like to frame the origins debate as a debate between science (them) and religion (creationists), the truth is that origins science is a debate between two ways of interpreting the world: darwinism, with assumptions based on the anti-biblical worldview, and creationism, with assumptions based on the biblical worldview. One of these worldviews is based in reality and one isn’t, since they are diametrically opposed to each other. On which side of the scale do the different branches of science, taken individually and collectively, line up most consistently with? Following are the best resources to explore this question.

One year’s study of the origins science debate could include a complete real books study of all the books in one of the areas of interest below, or, by reading just the first books in each category, an introduction to the evidences of creation in all the major branches of science.

Overview of the Origins Debate

Evidence of Creation in Anthropology

Evidence of Creation in Astronomy

Evidence of Creation in Biology

Evidence of Creation in Geology

Evidence of Creation in Paleontology

Evidence of Creation in Physics & Mathematics

Social Implications of Creation & Evolution

Theological Implications of Creation & Evolution

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Using the Online Catalog

This online catalog is made possible through an association with Barnes&Noble.com. Clicking on the book title or book cover will take you to Barnes&Noble.com’s information page about that book. You can look at its price, availability, any discounts currently taken for that title, reviews of the book, and other information, as well as order it if you decide to purchase the book. You can even place books in your shopping cart and save them for purchase at a later time. You can continue to add or delete books from your shopping cart until you are satisfied with your order and ready to purchase. Clicking on any link to Barnes&Noble.com will open a new window; to return to CCH, click on the “Window” menu on your browser’s menu bar, and choose Classical Christian Homeschooling.

Sometimes books go out of print, or the publisher runs out of stock. Any book not available from Barnes&Noble.com for any reason can be searched using AddAll.com, a book shopping site which will scan Barnes&Noble.com as well as Amazon.com, Powell’s Books, Book Close Outs and many other new and used book sites. Be sure to also check BookFinder.com for out of print book searches.

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