A few years ago, our now 13 year old daughter, developed a keen interest in learning about minerals and gems. She started heavily researching these topics and quickly became fascinated with all she was learning. She went on "rock hunts", started "rock/mineral collections", and spent hours identifying what she found. While her excitement had wained somewhat over the last year for minerals, when The Mineral Book arrived at our house a couple of weeks ago, she gained a new excitement and was the first one to scoop it up and start reading it.
The Mineral Book is part of the best-selling Wonders of Creation series. It has been developed for multi-level teaching and is filled with full-color pictures and illustrations. It was created to make mineralogy accessible to beginners, students, and hobbyists. This book will help you learn about the order and beauty of minerals, find out the properties of minerals, where minerals are found, and how they can be used. All of this is intertwined with fun facts and the book includes a 24-inch full-color poster that you can take out.
Have you ever had to read through a book first to figure out what would be appropriate to read/teach your child because you wanted them to really understand what they were learning? Well, The Wonders of Creation series takes all the "guess work" out of using their books. The entire book is divided into 3 levels. Every reader should examine the text on the off-white background. More skilled readers can also read the green section and advanced readers may read through all 3 sections. So you don't have to "guess" what would be appropriate for your child, you can simply follow the colors and they can learn/read on their level.
Our kids all enjoyed this book so much. I really believe the full-color pictures helped with their interest (especially for the younger ones). They were amazed at all the facts and fun things they learned about minerals with this book. They especially loved learning about their birthstones (the picture above is my husband's birthstone and the kids loved educating him on his birthstone). This book has already triggered 2 great studies from what they read so far. They spent several days learning about the Gold Rush and the "49ers" and then they wanted to learn all about the breastplate of judgment in Exodus 28 and the priest clothing! So, not only does this book educate them about minerals but it also opens their curiosity up to other great studies too.
One of my favorite aspects of the Wonders of Creation series it the emphasis of how it relates what the students are learning to the Bible. Not only are they learning the scientific backing of minerals but they are also learning how minerals are a gift from God. In our home, we love being able to not only teach our children the "science" behind topics but also the Creator behind them and teach them Biblically as well. We are thankful for companies like MasterBooks and New Leaf Publishing Group that give us the right tools to be able to do this.
There is so much valuable and interesting information in this book that honestly, we haven't read it all. We are taking our time and working through it slowly so the kids can research more and do further studies in areas they are interested in as we read it together. This will be a great resource and reference book for years to come too!
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