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Animal Classification: Using the Bible as Our Main Text

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We are off and running in Week Two of using the Bible as our main text. We are still in Genesis 1. This week our focus is on the animals God created.

We started off this morning reading the passage again. We talked again about how God created everything in just the perfect order. We talked about orderliness, and then began to learn about how plants and animals are classified by scientists.

“Let all things be done decently and in order.”
1 Corinthians 14:40

We then played a game to enforce the concept of order for the younger kids. I brought up a bin of toys and explained that everyone was to work together and classify all of the blocks (and some random other toys) in the bin into groups.  I gave them three minutes.  Immediately they started grouping things by color, but then came up some pieces that had more than one color, etc. It was interesting to see how they dealt with that problem. We used this example to explain how some animals have different characteristics of others- oh, how my kids love the platypus because of this!  We saw that although some animals exhibit characteristics of others, they are classified by groups according to their
dominating traits.

Animal Classification Game

We discussed the traits of :

  • Invertebrates
  • Vertebrates (mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish)

We watched several videos from Answers in Genesis and learned about such fascinating creatures. Our very favorite was the Archer fish. I challenge anyone to learn about these animals and then argue that they were create accidentally by chance. They are just so perfectly made with so many incredible features it is impossible that they weren’t created by an intelligent designer, that being our one and only True God.

Next we headed to the library and each child looked for books on an animal that they chose to research for the week. We have an elephant, a snow leopard, and a platypus.

After lunch each child worked on spelling on SpellingCity (all words come from the Bible passage.) They are memorizing Psalm 148:2-3 and wrote this out for copywork.

“Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.
Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, 
all ye stars of light.”
Psalm 148:2-3

They read their library books, and they also worked on their math lesson from Math U See.

Then it was outside to play. They found an inch worm, and it fit in just perfectly with our studies this week. He is now in a jar in our dining room-our homeschool pet. “Greeny” the teeny tiny inch worm.

God is truly working through our studies. Being in the Bible for most studies, and using God’s word to teach us in a blessing beyond description.

To God Be all the Glory!

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