At Wilson Hill Academy we believe that teaching science in the grammar stage should equip students to begin thinking about God’s creation both “Christianly” and “scientifically”. This means reinforcing the child’s natural wonder for the world God created and helping each child see God’s glory as revealed in His creation.
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead. – Romans 1:20
It also means equipping the student with “tools” that can be used as he or she begins to explore God’s world and discover the depths of His creation. These tools include observation and classification, exercises in comparison and contrast and a beginning appreciation for concepts like cause-and-effect, process thinking and systems thinking.
There are three basic “courses” (covering a set of related topics) offered in the Grammar stage, and typically three developmental “levels” (corresponding to 4th, 5th and 6th grades). Where possible separate classes will be held at each level and one or more courses will be offered each year.
Course 1: Human Body Systems, Light and the Eye, Sound and the Ear, The Water Cycle, Pond Life
In this course, students will explore God’s creation through a variety of nature study projects and simple experiments. More detail (including textbook) coming soon.
Course 2: Navigation, The Solar System, Weather, Rocketry
In this course, students will explore God’s creation and learn practical applications of our scientific understanding of that creation through a variety of hands-on projects. Will we colonize Mars in my lifetime? Why do Northerners have a “White Christmas” while Southerners decorate palm trees in December? How does a compass work? These questions and more will be answered as we become junior meteorologists, build an astrolabe to get our bearings like Columbus did, use a compass for an orienteering activity, and learn how navigation has changed from the early explorers to the astronauts of the 20th century. Also, after an up to date look at the solar system, we will build rockets and study the forces and science behind space travel!
Students in this class will learn to record data, read maps, construct data collecting instruments, build models, present reports, investigate through labs and play interactive simulation games to better understand the scientific process as it applies to the subjects of meteorology, navigation, astronomy and rocketry. This engaging, hands-on class is bound to captivate budding young scientists and even those who are brand new to studying God’s creation through the exciting field of science.
Textbook: (see book list below)
Course 3: The Metric System, Matter, Mixtures Elements & Compounds, Motion Forces, & Energy, Simple Machines, Electricity
In this course, students will use the content of elementary level chemistry and physics to explore God’s creation through experimentation, inquiry, developing vocabulary, accurately using the metric system when measuring, and applying the scientific method to answer questions about topics such as: states of matter, atomic structure, elements and compounds and their properties, chemical reactions and solutions, bonding, the periodic table and acids and bases. Newton’s Laws, simple machines, energy, electricity and magnetism will also be explored! Students will finish the course excited about their competency as scientific investigators.
Textbook: Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics