Have you ever thought about how to teach your kids about taking care of God’s earth from a Christian worldview? I know I have! So much media attention is given to “saving the animals” (from the same people who support abortion) and “saving the earth” but most of the messages that come from these movements are liberal in nature. Animals and the earth are elevated above humans and given more importance even! While we believe that taking care of God’s creation is important, I don’t want my children joining Green Peace when they turn 18. It’s importance to give this area due attention with balance. The Ecology Book; Wonders of Creation series ($16.95) by MasterBooks is a way to do just that.
The Ecology Book: Wonders of Creation is set up so that it can be used from 6th – 12th grade because the information is color-coded according to the depth of the material. I looked over the various parts and truly thought my 12 year old could handle all the levels so that is how we approached this book. For instance, in Chapter 3 one of the advanced sections was on Biblical Stewardship. This section simply provides a biblical definition of stewardship followed by an analogy. It works, and it was not difficult for my son to understand. Sometimes, the different sections will have words to know and I expect my children to know those definitions before they finish a chapter. Other then that, the book doesn’t really have assignments. There are activities you can do to practice biblical ecology in real life though. Make-A-Difference sections (like re-using plastic bottles for instance) are scattered throughout the book.
We are created in the image of our Maker, and He has designed us to be the caretakers and protectors of His creation.(The Ecology Book Chapter 3, What is Biblical Stewardship? excerpt)
My twelve-year-old and fourteen-year-old can basically use this book without my help. They read at their own pace and ask me questions as needed. They know they are supposed to read a few times a week and they keep track on their checklists. We talk about the things they read each week and I ask leading questions.
My Bottom Line: I love this series and am very likely to collect all of them for my children to use in our school. I love finding material that presents these significant (and trendy) issues from a Biblical worldview. I highly recommend this book.
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