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Christian Liberty Preschool Science Review by Adrienne FalkenaSherry Kurz
Christian Liberty Press
(800) 348–0899 or (847) 385–2029
502 W. Euclid Avenue
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Christian Liberty Preschool Science is 130 pages in a spiral-bound book designed to work with the Christian Liberty Preschool Activity Book or as a stand-alone preschool science curriculum. No further books are required, but supplies needed for the experiments are detailed at the beginning of each lesson. The pages are glossy, photos are plentiful, and there’s a lesson list at the back with a place to jot quick notes about each lesson. Lesson plans are not included, but it’s very self-explanatory and allows for a lesson each week of a typical school year. Thirty-four experiments and science concepts are detailed in the book, encouraging preschoolers to be active learners engaging all five senses in learning science. Christian Liberty Preschool Science retails for $19.95 from Christian Liberty Press.
Lessons are very Bible based. They are easy to follow and appropriate for preschool ages 3-5 but also able to be stretched easily to be fun and engaging for a slightly older student. Lessons can be skipped and done out of order if items are not readily available to allow for time to gather needed supplies. Each lesson ends with Bible application and many tie together what was learned with our reality as sinful people in a fallen world and our need for a Savior.
I used this with my three-year-old, but my five-, six-, and even eight-year-olds would often be caught listening in. The lessons were quick and fun and drove home the point being made beautifully. I had supplies needed on hand almost always, but even those I didn’t were very easy to find. I found that I needed to spend little money gathering things. I loved the approach and ease of use. I didn’t have to prep beforehand except to grab a few things, and we spent as little as ten minutes doing a lesson—though the fun of the activity often stretched it on longer. My daughter was thrilled to have schoolwork of her own, and I was thrilled that it introduced her to the concept of school with a solid Scripture foundation, yet didn’t require much of me as I go about busy homeschool days with many other students. One day my fourteen-year-old even did a lesson with her. They both had fun!
This was my first encounter with Christian Liberty Press after hearing of them for years. I’m impressed! The only thing I would have liked to see differently is a master list of supplies needed, perhaps with the lesson each thing is needed for listed, to make collecting things in a timely manner easier. Most supplies were things I already had on hand, but knowing what I would need when could make it even simpler.
-Product review by Adrienne Falkena, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine®, LLC, September 2017