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Goodies: Investigating God’s World

[Update: Congratulations to Sheba (#15), the winner of Investigating God’s World. Sheba, please contact me with your mailing address by Friday, March 11.]

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I have a second goodie up for grabs for today: Investigating God’s World from A Beka (grade 5). I have available the textbook along with the teacher edition. The materials are somewhat worn but still in good shape. I noticed just a couple of places with erased marks in the textbook. I do not have the tests or other supplementary materials. These books are copyright 1990.

From the publisher:

This text leads students from the known to the unknown by teaching important science concepts within the context of things they see and know. The aim is to help students understand basic principles of science rather than merely teach them science vocabulary. The world is presented as the creation of God and glorifies Him as its Sustainer and Upholder. The text introduces great scientists and naturalists who believed in the biblical account of Creation, and where appropriate, it refutes the materialist’s faith in evolution. Students learn about plants, animals, matter, energy, light, minerals, and more. Review questions, activites, and demonstrations make this a thoroughly teachable text.

This text is scheduled as a 27-week course.

To see what other homeschoolers have to say about the program, visit the page for A Beka reviews by homeschoolers. To read more from the publisher, visit A Beka’s website.

Reminders: The items in Goodies Up For Grabs may be gently used or like new. While the item itself should be in good condition (I’m not guaranteeing it because I won’t be watching every video or listening to every CD), the covers may not be in great shape. As of this writing, items are all from my personal shelves but that may change if friends offer to contribute to the stash. I may not have actually used the item. (You don’t ever do that, do you? Buy curriculum and not use it? I didn’t think so.) Some of the resources may be older versions – I have several great videos but they are on VHS tapes – so be sure to pay attention to whether the format of a resource will work for you.

The rules are simple – for each item, just post in the comments section of the blog post what you like about that particular item. Please only post once for each item. If you don’t intend to respond with your address if you are the winner, out of fairness to the other homeschoolers who would love to have the item, please do not enter! The choice will be random, so it will not increase your chances of winning to tell how your husband just left you and your house burned down and you lost your job so you really *need* the item. Keep it simple, and happy homeschooling!

Mary Ann Kelley

Mary Ann Kelley lives in Virginia with her husband and has two grown daughters, both homeschool graduates. Mary Ann, who homeschooled off and on for 16 years, believes in school choice as well as allowing children to direct their own learning with guidance and input from their parents. Interviews with Mary Ann have been featured on HuffPost and in the Free Lance-Star newspaper. Her desire is to encourage parents and children to take personal responsibility for their own educational options and choices. In her free time, Mary Ann enjoys reading, cooking (check out her free meal plans), traveling, and genealogy.

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  1. We are currently using A Beka. I really enjoy this curriculum because it gives God glory and it is nicely illustrated.

  2. Sandi

    We love the A Beka readers but have not tried the Science yet. We would love to try it.

  3. Mandi Nelligan

    We LOVE Abeka here. We use the science and the social studies curriculum. This 5th grade book is one that I’m missing – would be really neat to get it!

  4. kim hulsey

    We would love to recieve it, We’ve always wanted to try abeka..and my Daughter loves science..

  5. Janice

    This book will actually be our next science book for our 12 year old child with autism.
    Abeka Books are great. We have used Abeka science book 3 & 4.

  6. Kristina

    It sounds like one I would like to try. I am a scientist at heart and my kids love it too. Unlike many scientist (though certainly not all), I find science strengthens my faith rather than tears it down. One of the things I love about homeschooling is the freedom I have to express faith at the same time as science.

  7. Lisa

    I have never tried Beka so I would love to win one to try we are using paces now

  8. Kathy Ozden

    Would love to enter for a chance.

  9. Salina Greene

    I am homeschooling and I LOVE using A Beka. The curriculum is SO easy to use.

  10. pamela

    I like the biblical perspective used in these books. My son attends public school,so any opportunity to contrast and compare makes a impression.

  11. I am always looking for items with a Biblical worldview for my boys. Thanks for the chance.

  12. Peggy Raiteri

    I would love to win this! I haven’t found a good science lesson book for our son yet for next year and I love Abeka!

  13. Anna

    Abeka curriculum helps ups keep a structure to our school year.

  14. shannon Depew

    This is my daughters favorite subject. She is getting ready to go into the fifth grade, so this would work perfectly for us. God bless you and all you do for us homeschooling families.

  15. Laura Rich

    Our family loves Abeka because of it’s wonderful content and structure! We weren’t able to use it this year, but would love to have this curriculum fo finish out the year and take us into summer!

  16. Theresa

    This is on my shopping list for next year! What a great idea to give away curriculum…hmmm going to look through my shelves and see what I can give away too!

  17. Cynthia LeBlanc

    I have never been able to find a good Science program to use with my kids, and since Abeka has a good reputation I would love to be able to try it. Like others homeschoolers, Abeka is not the easiest to afford so to just try it is a leap of faith. I would love this opportunity to try this curriculum.

  18. Jessica

    My son loves science so i would be happy to win this.
    I get so tired of picking up science books and seeing that they support evolution and such. This would be so nice to teach from.

  19. Shelly

    Would really enjoy this set! Thanks for the opportunity!

  20. Victoria

    We have just finished the 4th grade curriculum, “Understanding God’s World”. Loved it. This would be great 2 have. With 6 kids to homeschool, this would get used a total of 4 times in the next few years

  21. Jennifer Salowitz

    We would love this set and use it happily!

  22. Kathy Mercer

    Abeka is wonderful.

  23. Felicia

    My friend uses Abeka and really loves it! I would love to have this for my kids!

  24. Joyce

    I’ve heard good things about A Beka Science. We would love to win and find out first hand. 🙂

  25. Jamie

    We use Abeka science every year in our homeschool. My kids look forward to it and I like that they can read it without me.

  26. I like A BEKA textbooks. We have 6 children that we are homeschooling right now and I enjoy every minute of it. I love how A Beka incorporates God’s Word into their teachings. Their textbooks are always colorful. My children enjoyed the books we could afford. We try to find them at thrift stores. God has blessed us with a few finds.

  27. Danielle Dapp

    My 8 year old love Science and we love Abeka!

  28. becky

    I would love to win this!

  29. jackie ferraro

    I would love to use this with my son.

  30. Have been looking at buying this book…it would be even better winning it!

  31. Becky Flory

    I would love to get this for my younger daughter. I used it with my older daughter and science was her favorite subject so the book was very well used.

  32. Donna Akers

    My first year homeschooling and we have very few books as of now. Praying we will be blessed.

  33. Deanna S

    A couple of friends have recommended Abeka. I heard the ease of use is great. God bless.

  34. vicki shepard

    I have used Abeka with my oldest daughter and now with my youngest. I find their curriculum consistently solid, dependable and honoring of our Christian heritage. I could certainly use these books as, like alot of people, it has been a rough year for us. Thank God for good friends who are willing to trade,barter or loan curriculum. It makes all the difference for this family.
    Thank You for your site, your time and research. I often discover new goodies here. Blessings to you.

  35. Hasana

    Hasana and her 8 (children) AREN’T great without it! A must have as we attempt to investigate God’s World together. Please consider us….

  36. I would love this for my twin girls. We just received the 4th grade level Understanding God’s World and they are loving it. They will move into this level sooner than I expected and it would be such a blessing to our family 🙂

  37. Rachelle Litzenberg

    My son loves science the BEST. He wants to study it and try projects ALL the time!!

  38. Lettia

    My kids love Science!

  39. Jaysen McDermith & Samantha Ellis

    We are just beginning our adventures in homeschooling at the end of this school year and this would be a great addition to our curriculum. My son will be in 5th grade and my daughter will be in 2nd grade. I believe they would enjoy reading this book and learning from it.

  40. Beth

    I have never used Abeka science and have always wanted to try their curriculum. My son will be in the fifth grade next year, so this would be perfect. I especially love the perspective of looking at the world through God’s eyes & creation.

  41. My daughter loves science and I would pass it on to my nephew when she was finished with it.

  42. jackie

    would love to use with my son.

  43. Sheba

    I would to have this for my boys. They love to explore about different animals and things in the world. We are homeschooling on a shoestring because we just started out in January of this year.

  44. My daughter will be in 5th grade next year and we are currently using Abeka.

  45. Nikki Colby

    I have a 5th grader that enjoys science and would really appreciate having some quality curriculum to use for her. Thanks for offering.

  46. We love science, and I’m always looking for good Christian texts to add to our library.

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

  47. Melissa

    This would help us so much.We love Abeka!

  48. Kayla Briggs

    My son is really having a hard time in Science showing no interest. On the other hand we are a christian family and I love the idea of teaching him with a biblical background which I know he would love.
    We need more of God in this world now more than ever.

    God Bless

  49. Shelly Humble

    My children and I really like the A Beka curriculum…this book would really be a great addition to our other A Beka science books.

  50. My kids love science. I would enjoy having this program.

  51. I am currently teaching from a “used” version of the 4th grade book, and the kids and I LOVE it! This would greatly benefit us in the coming school year! Thanks!

  52. Stacie

    Science is my least favorite subject. So, I love a book with good pictures, explanations, and experiments.

  53. Jill W.

    This would be perfect for my son…thanks for the chance to win!

  54. Kimberly

    This would go well with Daddy’s Super Science Saturdays that my boys love.

  55. Emily Strobel

    My 10 year old LOVES science and I think would enjoy something like this – we’ve done more experimental science this year and he prefers reading/questions.

  56. Lisa Tammaro

    My 9 year old son’s favorite subject is science and he would love this book. I have used ABeka is the past and it is one of my favorite curriculums.

  57. Debbie

    I’m looking for a good science curriculum; my friend uses Abeka and loves it. She’s a science teacher so I respect her advice and would like to try it to!

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