I was really excited when I saw this review for Northwest Treasures come up this year. Dinosaurs are life at our house, thanks to 6 year old Jack. I knew that Dinosaurs and the Bible would work well with our family. We were also given access to Taking the Mystery Out of Geology as a bonus. It was a perfect fit.
Emma, the all knowing family professor of knowledge, often asks about the relation of Dinosaurs to history and the Bible. I knew she would learn a lot from viewing and discussing these videos as well. And the rest of the family could greatly benefit too.
I have to admit that I’m a huge Dinosaur fan as well so these kids really get it honest but I could never understand how Dinosaurs fit in with Biblical times. I mean I know there were giant beasts at one time but were those really the Dinosaurs? Did we co-exist with the Dinosaurs in the early days of man. The Bible tells us that man was in charge of all the Beasts and wouldn’t Dinosaurs have been part of those Beasts? Where did they all go? These are things I hoped to personally find out.
Dinosaurs and the Bible is a 6 week course presented on Vimeo for 5th grade to adult. Additionally, we were also gifted the 20 minute class called Taking the Mystery Out of Geology, also on Vimeo, which should be used a prerequisite for the course. This class covers 13 important terms for Geology which you’ll need to know when working through the Dinosaurs and the Bible course. It’s full of interesting information on land and rock formations as well. We really enjoyed it.
Each of the lessons in the course are 20 minutes long or less. The last lesson is the longest at 21 minutes and 38 seconds. Each lesson also features a simple formatted worksheet about the lesson with questions related to what was discussed to ensure your student was following along and listening. You can find these by clicking on the video box on Vimeo for each lesson separately and then clicking the download link which opens the form in PDF. There is one file for all the answers though it is featured separately on each lesson. Lesson 6 features an extensive exam for review of the full course.
The lessons are easy to use. You simply go to the course through the provided link to Vimeo and you click to listen. You can do this on a laptop or connect to your television if you wish. I prefer to use my HDMI cable to connect my laptop to my television for a larger projection for our family to follow along with. This makes it easier for us all to view together.
In Lesson 1, students learn about the word Dinosaur, who gave the name to them and why. They learn about Charles Darwin, Megalosaurus who is a favorite around our house, and why he’s a notorious dinosaur. Students learn the difference in Earth Science and Earth History and so much more.
Lesson 2 covers Taxonomy, the Linnaean classification system and why it doesn’t work for Dinosaurs and it also talks about the secular belief of the group of dinosaurs that birds supposedly derive from.
Lesson 3 teaches about the Great Dinosaur Rush which was a new idea for me. It discusses O.C. Marsh and the famous museum that housed his finds. It also discusses Edward Drinker Cope and the relationship between Marsh and Cope, all information that was completely new to me as well.
In Lesson 4, we learned about disarticulation, extinction and historical reports that support the existence of dinosaurs during the human age. This was a really interesting section to me. I can’t imagine living at the same time as Dinosaurs.
Lesson 5 brought in the Ice Age. We learned about the Father of Modern Glaciology and the original terms used for the Ice Age. We learned about historical views of Earth’s past. We also learned about Earth’s great flood and it’s relation to this period of time.
Lesson 6 is the final lesson. In it we learned about fossils and how they are time-markers. We learned about radiometric dating used for figuring out a time period. We learned about the Biblical time frame for all of this as well.
This whole course was extremely fascinating and taught us a lot about the life of dinosaurs and how they fit into the Bible. As a family, we learned a lot and enjoyed the videos shared. The course was really extensive but it was really easy to implement into our home and style of learning.
Dinosaurs and the Bible is only one of many courses offered by Northwest Treasures. The cost of this course runs $39.99. Sometimes there are sales offered for it as well. There’s an additional kit that can be purchased to go along with the course as well if you’d like but it’s not needed to complete the course’s lessons. It does look like a lot of fun though!
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