I want to thank Master Books for providing me with a copy of the Concepts of Mathematics & Physics pack in return for my honest review.
Our boys have always been drawn to non-fiction materials presented in an engaging way. They’d much rather read that than a story (although our youngest does really love fantasy and science fiction). I’m always excited when I can find materials on the history of math and science that are presented in an engaging manner from a Christian worldview.
That’s why I love Master Books so much. Their materials are well-done, and my boys really enjoy them. I mentioned that we’re using Dr. James Stobaugh’s Skills for Language Arts this year–we love it…..
Our youngest boy is obsessed with math and science (physics in particular), so we decided to add the Concepts of Mathematics & Physics curriculum as a history piece, to help the boys (who are in 6th and 7th grade) really grasp the concepts and history of the two disciplines.
Ok, I’m kind of sanitizing that. I was looking through the Master Books catalog, I asked the boys what they’d like me to review this month, and our 11-year-old ripped the catalog from my hands, pointed to this curriculum pack, and said, “This!”. Our 12-year-old attempted to opt for a science movie or some history CDs, but he was (literally) shouted down by our youngest. I had to promise to let him pick the next review item.
Really, I have to force both of them to stop reading Exploring the World of Mathematics each week so they can actually do some other work. Here’s what they had to say about it:
11-year-old: “It’s really informative. I learned about parabolic and hyperbolic arcs. I think this series will help me with my future studies and I will understand the concepts better, which will make math and science easier.”
12-year-old: “I like it because it has a lot of cool facts. I’m learning about the history of math.”
Exploring the World of Mathematics by John Hudson Tiner
This 157-page volume has 14 chapters. Each covers a topic in a narrative manner with tons of black and white artwork, sidebars, and a one-page quiz section at the end. I appreciate how interesting the narrative is with historical applications (kids can see why tools and skills were developed), and how some of the information relates to the Bible or to the time of Jesus.
- Counting the Years
- Counting the Hours
- Muddled Measuring
- Measuring by Metric
- Practical Mathematics
- The Greek Way with Math
- Names for Numbers
- Number Patterns
- Endless Numbers
- Math for Scientists
- Pure and Applied Math
- Computing Machines
- Bits and Bytes
- Math on Vacation
Exploring the World of Physics by John Hudson Tiner
This 158-page volume also has 14 chapters. Like Exploring the World of Mathematics, each covers a topic in a narrative manner with tons of black and white artwork, sidebars, and a one-page quiz section at the end.
- Laws of Motion
- Simple Machines
- States of Matter
- Wave Motion
- Nuclear Energy
- Future Physics
Parent Lesson Planner
Master Books’ PLPs do a great job of laying out a 36-week schedule. This includes special project suggestions, worksheets, quizzes, and tests.
How we’re using the curriculum pack
We are not using the tests and quizzes. My boys are reading one chapter a week in addition to the math and science they already do. I think it’s a great way for them to learn more about the concepts and history behind math and physics. Also, I would be in serious trouble had I not chosen to include these books in our coursework. I like them, and I think we’ll incorporate more of John Hudson Tiner’s work in the coming years.
You can purchase the Master Books Concepts of Mathematics & Physics Pack at
Amazon: Exploring the World of Mathematics: From Ancient Record Keeping to the Latest Advances in Computers (Exploring Series) (Exploring (New Leaf Press)) and Exploring the World of Physics: From Simple Machines to Nuclear Energy (Exploring Series) (Exploring (New Leaf Press)) and Concepts of Mathematics & Physics Parent Lesson Planner
Christian Book: Concepts of Mathematics & Physics Pack, 3 Volumes
New Leaf Press: Concepts of Mathematics & Physics Pack Curriculum Pack
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- The New Astronomy Book by Danny R. Faulkner (Master Books)
- Tapestry of Grace (Lampstand Press)
- All Through the Ages: History Through Literature Guide by Christine Miller (2001)
- Koine Greek Language Resources for Kindergarten to High School
- Bible Road Trip
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~ Danika Cooley
Danika Cooley is the author of When Lightning Struck! The Story of Martin Luther (Fortress Press, 2015), Wonderfully Made (CF4K, 2016), and Bible Road Trip. Her work has been featured in internationally-recognized children's magazines over 150 times.