Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Nature's Beautiful Order by Memoria Press ~ A Homeschool Crew Review

I think Gavin's favorite subject to study is Science. He has always taken an interest in all branches of Science, but I think anything to do with animals is probably his favorite. For the last few weeks we have been reviewing Nature's Beautiful Order by Memoria Press, and it's been a great introduction to Biology for him.

If you're familiar with the homeschooling world then you have probably heard of Memoria Press. They are a classical Christian educational company that was founded in 1994 by Cheryl Lowe. 

Memoria Press prides themselves on a classical education, and their products are characterized by simplicity, quality, and affordability. They specialize in making sure that their products are easy to use by parents who are not familiar with the subject being taught.

What did we receive?

Memoria Press is always very generous with their products that we review. We were given the Nature's Beautiful Order text, the Student Guide, and Teacher's Key. 

The text book starts with an Introduction so that you can get a better understanding of the purpose of the book. It then covers 18 chapters that starts with "What is an Animal?" and works all the way to "Man the Steward."

Like most of Memoria Press' products, we had a consumable student workbook that had comprehension questions to go over with each chapter. The Teacher's Key was basically the workbook with all of the answers. This always makes grading or going over it together so much easier. 

What is Nature's Order all about?

Like I said before this is an introduction to Biology. It's mainly focused on grades 6th - 8th, but can be used to supplement older Biology students. 

After the brief introduction of  "What is an Animal" you are then taken right into the cat. It talks all about the cat and it's structure and characteristics. I have to say that at first Gavin was not interested. I'm not sure whether it wasn't holding his attention, or some of it was over his head. We pressed on and did find that some of the other chapters were much easier to understand for him. 

Each chapter from here on out, moves to a different animal and where it falls into nature's order. We worked through about a chapter a week, and I think his favorite chapter was about The Bee since we hope to one day have our own bee hives. He loved learning about the workers, drones, and of course the queen. Another of thing that he learned was that bees are a lot like humans and live in families. 

We haven't completed the book, but it does end with Man the Steward. Being that this is a Christian curriculum, which we love, it talks about the Earth and that it's our job to take care of it and all things in it. 

What did we think?

I think this is a great and useful set to have for Biology. I really loved it and it completely interested me, but only parts held Gavin's attention. This has nothing to do with the quality of the curriculum, but more to do with Gavin and what interests him. The curriculum is fantastic, very solid, and interesting to read. 

If you love Memoria Press, they also have other products that they offer including an assortment of Latin programs and a really fun set that is called The Book of Trees.

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