Mathematics and Science
Mathematics is a powerful language used to describe relationships and patterns. The certainty of its results are achieved through the application of pure logic. The language of mathematics communicates truths which are found not only in the physical world, but also in the abstract realm where its outcomes are often surprisingly useful and also astonishingly beautiful. We pray that our students will not only develop an appreciation for the power and beauty of mathematics, but that this appreciation will direct them to gaze upon the living God, the author of all mathematical truth, and that they will worship Him for His limitless power, perfection, and beauty.
In order to derive the greatest benefit from the study of mathematics, it is crucial that students are trained to think deeply about concepts and to trace the logic behind each and every result. Instead of forcing students to rigidly adhere to prescribed steps, we must encourage them to experiment, explore, and to keep asking questions. This has a formative effect on the minds of young students, producing more disciplined, logical thinking. It also yields a much stronger retention of the material, the flexibility to apply knowledge to new situations, the ability to discern best approaches to problems, and a true delight in the subject matter.
Students explore deeply the physical world God has made and are encouraged to appreciate its awesome beauty and complexity. Students are given the intellectual tools to understand complex scientific concepts and to pursue scientific careers if they so desire. They also reflect critically upon the place of science in our society and learn to appreciate that science is a human discipline that has developed over time and is subject to change.
In the Grammar Stage, students develop an understanding of basic scientific terminology, vocabulary, and the scientific method, and enjoy many hands-on experiments. Students are shown that, because God created the universe, it has inherent order which makes it possible to hypothesize and experiment, as well as to identify, classify, and categorize elements of Creation. As studies progress, students learn to differentiate between theory and fact. They become familiar with major scientists in history and their contributions and discoveries. Students develop an increased appreciation for God's perfect design in nature and the universe, and man's stewardship of the earth.