By March, educators are in the homestretch of the current school year, yet they’re also busy planning for the next school year. I’d like to encourage you to consider adding ICR resources to your lineup for the fall.
I homeschooled my four children over a period of 22 years, from preschool through high school graduation. Over the years, I developed a rhythm for our school year that included March planning and attendance at spring homeschool book fairs. Many homeschoolers take the spring to map out plans for the following year’s curriculum, resources, field trips, labs, group events, enrichment activities, music lessons, sports, and extracurricular activities. I can tell you, I would’ve loved to have the resources that ICR offers today.
If you want to take a full school year to do a multi-age-level unit study on creation, ICR provides resources for a 36-week creation unit study plan. To help you in your planning, I put together a simple one-page creation unit study outline using ICR resources. (Download your free copy at ICR.org/homeschool.) The study outline provides a timeline and sequence of resources to help you equip not only your students but the entire family with creation science information. We’ve put together a pack containing these resources at a 50% discount, available March 1 through May 31, 2019 (while supplies last).
Use the resources in the order presented in the outline to build a foundation of creation basics before you tackle the more difficult topics. Throughout the year, add writing assignments, science experiments, art projects, and other activities that enhance that week’s lesson and fit with your students’ individual learning styles. Attend an ICR event near you, and listen to ICR podcasts to hear from our scientists and experts about the latest research (ICR.org/podcasts).
Plan to visit the ICR Discovery Center for Science and Earth History when it opens sometime this fall—you’ll discover foundational creation concepts and the science that confirms biblical truth. See the latest information about the ICR Discovery Center in Dr. Henry Morris III’s feature article this month, “An Appointed Time.” The Discovery Center is a field trip resource that you’ll want to include in your plans many times throughout the year.
If you haven’t already, subscribe to ICR’s monthly Acts & Facts magazine. Parents and junior high (and older) students can read and explore a wide range of biblical science topics. Students can write a one-page essay per month (or each week, depending on your child’s interests, abilities, and level) about one of the articles that interests them.
You certainly don’t have to be a homeschooler to benefit from ICR resources. Families, churches, and small groups also use them to learn how science fits with the Bible, and we often hear about lives changed as a result of sharing them. Whatever draws you to ICR’s resources, we hope you’ll be blessed by the message you find!
* Jayme Durant is Director of Communications at the Institute for Creation Research.