The Foundations of Science

A Catholic Elementary School Science Curriculum
Foundations of Science
The Foundations of Science series introduces children to the wonders of the natural world in light of God’s providential care over creation, and the first 4 volumes are releasing over the course of the 2021-22 academic year.
Foundations of Science covers an extensive scope of scientific studies, from animals and plants, to the depths of the ocean and the marvels of our planet.
Still more, it reveals the intricate order found beneath the surface of creation and chronicles many of the Church’s contributions to science throughout history.
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The first volume, Animals: Creatures of the Wild, offers a tour of the animal kingdom and the habitats in which mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects, and fish live and thrive. Children will discover how animals find and hunt for food, how and why they live in concert with other animals, why they migrate or hibernate, and more.
What do animals have to do with our Catholic Faith? How is virtue similar to the protective exoskeleton of some insects? And how does a lesson on reptiles lead to a discussion of Mary’s battle with Satan from Genesis to Revelation?
The accompanying video lecture series connects lessons from the textbook to truths about faith, virtue, and the Church.
Animals: Creatures of the Wild Sample Lecture
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Children will also learn about St. Francis, the patron saint of animals, the stories of St. Brendan and the whales and St. Modomnoc and the bees, the serpent from Genesis, and how the Church teaches that our care for animals can bring us closer to God.
Foundations of Science Interior
Foundations of Science Interior
The complete Animals: Creatures of the Wild set includes the following items:

  • Textbook
  • Workbook
  • Audiobook
  • Streaming Videos

Each item is also available to purchase individually.

Foundations of Science Interior
Too often we hear messages that science is in conflict with faith, but Pope St. John Paul II wrote that faith and science “each can draw the other into a wider world, a world in which both can flourish.” Foundations seeks to spawn this flourishing in the hearts and minds of young readers, guiding them into a world that will delight their imaginations and inspire awe in the awesome power of God.
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The first four Foundations of Science titles listed below are available to preorder for the 2021-22 academic year.
Animals: Creatures of the Wild

Recommended for 1st Grade

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Animals: Creatures of the Wild offers a tour of the animal kingdom and the habitats in which mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects, and fish live and thrive. Children will discover how animals find and hunt for food, how and why they live in concert with other animals, why they migrate or hibernate, and more.

Plants: Wonders of Nature

Recommended for 2nd Grade

Available June 2021

Plants: Wonders of Nature explores the incredible diversity of the plant kingdom and all the ways plants help sustain life on earth. Children will discover what kinds of plants thrive in different habitats, how the fascinating phenomenon of photosynthesis works, and all the many ways plants help us, from the crops that we eat, to the air that we breathe, to the enjoyment they bring through gardens and nature hikes.

Earth: Exploring Our Home

Recommended for the First Semester of 3rd Grade

Available August 2021

Earth: Exploring Our Home sends children out into the far corners of our planet to discover natural wonders, while along the way gaining new insights and understanding about the world in which they live. From the formation of mountain ranges caused by shifting tectonic plates, to the earth’s tilt and our rotation around the sun which gives us the four seasons… young explorers will come to appreciate the beauty and intricate order of this fascinating home God has blessed us with.    

Oceans: Mysteries of the Deep

Recommended for the Second Semester of 3rd Grade

Available December 2021

Oceans: Mysteries of the Deep plunges children below the giant, blue seas of our planet, introducing them to a mysterious world that we know less about than the surface of the moon. This exploration of our oceans will reveal the incredible diversity found in coral reefs and the countless species of fish and other aquatic life, as well as examine the zones and currents of the seas and all the ways we depend on the oceans in our daily lives.

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