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Goodies: Understanding God’s World

[Update: Congratulations to Amanda (#29), the winner of Investigating God’s World. Amanda, please contact me with your mailing address by Friday, March 11.]

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Today’s goodie up for grabs is Understanding God’s World from A Beka (grade 4). I have available the textbook, the unused test & quizzes booklet, and the tests and quizzes key. The materials are in good shape but the textbook does have some writing inside.

The tests and quizzes booklet and answer key have no writing except for a name inside the cover. I do not have the workbook that corresponds to the text.

From the publisher:


Fourth graders will enjoy this fascinating presentation of things that they can see, observe, and understand in the world around them. They learn how to make an insect zoo, how to recognize the plants they see every day, how to attract birds to their own back yards, how to use field guides, how to interpret cloud formations, and how to identify rocks. Students will appreciate the miracle of plant germination, the causes of weather, the God-given provisions for life on earth, the design of the starry heavens, the ecology of the ocean depths, and many other aspects of God’s creative genius. Demonstrations and activities throughout the text keep learning lively, comprehension checks and Chapter Checkups provide for thorough review.

This text is scheduled as a 27-week course, followed by Developing Good Health taught the last 9 weeks.


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. Petrie

    I am looking for a new science curriculum and would love to have a chance to use the A Beka books!

  2. Jennifer

    Yes, please.

  3. Amy

    I am interested in this book. My son is going into fourth grade and we have yet to find a science curriculum that we are satisfied with. Thanks.

  4. 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.

    I entered this same comment on the 5th grade post, but I just happen to have both a 4th and a 5th grader.

  5. Lisa

    I have never used Beka using paces but love anything to do with teaching GOD’S work

  6. zekesmom10

    My youngest just loves nature. Thanks for the chance.

  7. Michelle

    I will have a fourth grader next year. She loves science and I love Abeka.

  8. Nelda

    I would be very thankful to have grade 4 science. Thank you for offering the chance.

  9. Theresa

    I am wanting to do Abeka for next year for my 4 younguns. this would be great!

  10. Shelly

    Love to use A beka!

  11. Sherri

    I WANT TO BE ENTERED!! I am extremely excited to use A Beka.

  12. Jennifer Salowitz

    We would give this set a really good home with much love! 🙂

  13. Kathy Mercer

    My son will be a fourth grader next year.

  14. Danielle Dapp

    We love science AND Abeka!

  15. Amanda

    We love all things ABeka!!! I don’t have this book yet!

  16. jackie ferraro

    I would love to use this with my son.

  17. Stacy Burnett

    We LOVE Abeka Science here. They are really the only text books that we use regularly. I would love to have the 4th grade book for my youngest daughter. We didn’t start using Abeka until my 3rd child was in the 5th grade.

  18. Jenn Bovee

    Would love to have this one…or the 5th grade book (which I just commented on.)

  19. Becky Flory

    I used this book when my now 9th grader was in the 4th and would love to use it for my 3rd grader next year.

  20. Deanna S

    I am looking for a science curriculum for my kids. This looks great.

  21. Lorrie Hill

    We currently use A Beka and would love to have these materials for my daughters. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win materials like this.

  22. Jo Swearingen

    we love science and being christians, we love to find science that includes God. we would love to try this in our homeschool.

  23. Hasana

    God and Science ROCKS!!!! Literally and Physically that is!! :)Gotta have it!! Please consider us….

  24. Rachelle Litzenberg

    We LOVE science!!!

  25. Jenny Mosley

    I am very interested in the book. I love the A Beka program and will need this starting in August. Thank u 🙂

  26. Lettia

    Would love to have these.

  27. Debbie

    Would love this for my nephew.

  28. LaDonna

    My daughter would love that she wouldn’t have to tag along on her brother’s science curriculum and it would be on her level.

  29. jackie

    would love to use for my son.

  30. Sherry

    I love Abeka and I’m moving into 4th grade with 4 little ones next year. I need this and would appreciate it. Thank you for listing this.

  31. Judy

    I use Abeka now and could really use these books next year.

  32. Nikki Colby

    I am always looking for a good science to use and something that will walk me through and that is low (more like no) budget. Thanks for offering.

  33. Mozi Esmes Mom

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

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

  34. Melissa

    Would love to get this for my kids.We love Abeka!

  35. Kayla Briggs

    My fourth grade daughter could definitely learn from this as this is her main interest this year.

    God Bless

  36. LadyBogdan

    I am interested in the book

  37. Rhonda Hopper

    Will need this for my 4th grade twins next year!

  38. Sue

    We use a variety of books and would like to have more Christian based resources to teach from.

  39. Stacie

    Science and Health combined sounds good to me.

  40. Elania

    I have a fourth grader who would love to learn more about God’s world!!!! And five more eventual fourth grade learners coming up in the ranks who would also benefit from the set. 🙂 thanks!

  41. Lisa Tammaro

    I would love this book for my 9 yr. old son. His favorite subject is science and I love ABeka.

  42. Debbie

    I commented on the grade 5 book, but could use either grade 4 or grade 5 science.

  43. Rebecca Stone

    I am interested in this book.

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