Earth Science: God's World, Our Home by Kevin Nelstead unites a Christian perspective with up-to-date geological science. Although the author is not Catholic, he understands that faith and reason can never contradict each other, because (as he explains) “All truth is God’s truth.”
This program takes a mastery approach to science, focusing on longterm mastery of the most fundamental concepts of Earth Science, rather than a temporary familiarity with a range of topics too broad to cover in depth. Topics studied include the seasons, lunar phases, and eclipses; minerals and the rock cycle; plate tectonics and mountain building; volcanoes and earthquakes; weathering, erosion, and soils; surface water and groundwater; landforms and glaciers; geologic history; oceanography; the atmosphere; weather and climate; and Christian stewardship.
Earth Science features eight, in-depth Experimental Investigations, which range from rock and mineral identification to studying volcanoes and glaciers with topographical maps.
The Digital Resources are essential for the course and provide the resources normally included in a teacher’s manual, such as complete answer keys to the questions in the textbook, an experiment manual, quizzes, exams, and weekly review guides. Currently, the Digital Resources are only available for purchase and download from the publisher’s website.
Textbook: 2020 edition. Color illustrations. 501 pgs. Hardcover. 6½”x9½”
Digital Resources: PDF files and editable Word .doc files. Available here for purchase and download.
Recommended core text in CHC Lesson Plans for Eighth Grade. Tour this title within the Eighth Grade Interactive Guide!
CHC's daily lesson plans for Earth Science are a must-have! The plans schedule the resources in the text and Digital Resources in a way that is helpful for homeschoolers. Also included are enrichment links, a suggested schedule for vocabulary practice, detailed instructions for writing the assigned research paper, and resources on the debate over global warming. These plans are included in CHC Lesson Plans for Eighth Grade or can be purchased separately as Earth Science Daily Lesson Plans.