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How To Teach Homeschoolers About Dinosaurs And Their Origins
Almost every child loves dinosaurs. They stir the imagination and open a door to the unknown past. You can use this love of dinosaurs to broaden their interest in all true science. Unlocking the mystery of the dinosaur can be an enlightening, educational experience that could open doors to many different fields of scientific studies while, at the same time, helping them to realize some of the biases of modern science.
This study could be a great unit for young children with their vivid imaginations or older teens who are serious about finding out the truth. It would lend itself well to field trips or serious research.
Whatever the age of your homeschoolers, learning about dinosaurs can be a fun project for the whole family.
Family discussion about dinosaurs
Start by discussing dinosaurs with your children. Find out their views on where dinosaurs came from and how and why and when they disappeared. Ask if they can prove any of their theories.
Discuss the word proof. Do a search to determine what would constitute proof.
Search common theories about dinosaurs
Do a computer search to find the common theories of where dinosaurs came from, and then search to find what proof is given.
Check dating methods for consistency buying papers. Do all dating methods agree, or do they differ by millions of years. Does helium dating agree with other forms of dating. Go back to your definition of proof. If scientific reports conflict with one another and there are no eye witnesses, is there proof?
Read Dinosaurs for Kids and Dinosaurs by Design
Read the books Dinosaurs for Kids by Ken Ham, and Dinosaurs by Design by Duane T. Gish with your children and discuss them as you go, or use the books for handy reference as you study dinosaurs.
Field trip to a museum
Plan a trip to the nearest museum. If you have a guide, ask questions about proof of what is written or what they say about the dinosaurs, but ask respectfully.
Have students write a list of all the dinosaurs mentioned including something of interest about each one. Take pictures of each dinosaur illustrated.
If you are able, take a trip to the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, but make sure you have time to spend a full day there.
Read the creation account
Read the creation account in Genesis in the Bible, one of the oldest historical books in existence. Discuss what the Bible says of the first appearance of all animals. Ask the students to search for evidence that would support the creation theory in relation to dinosaurs? Have them check for evidence that man lived with dinosaurs. (hint: Was there ever other names for what we now call dinosaurs?)
Search for names of animals in the Bible that have descriptions just like dinosaurs. (check the book of Job) See if the children can name the dinosaur that matches the description.
Do a study on dragons. Do they have the same characteristics as dinosaurs? Research when and how the word dinosaur came into existence. Check out the word dragon. Which came first? Look up dragon legends and discuss where these stories could have come from.
Check for co-existance of man and dinosaur
Check the Internet for discoveries of evidence showing that man and dinosaurs existed at the same time, looking for such things as fossil footprints of man and dinosaurs in the same vicinity. Check scientific reports of discoveries of soft dinosaur tissue. Check for reports of the last dinosaur sightings.
Dinosaurs and the flood
Check the Biblical account of the flood. Are there legends of a universal flood throughout the world. See how many you can discover.
Find out what the growth features of dinosaurs are. How big would an immature T- Rex be? Research the capacity of some of the larger ocean liners and try to figure out how many animals would fit in.
Look up some reports of huge tidal waves, and then discuss what might have happened if there was a global flood. Would it have buried dinosaurs quickly enough to cause fossils to be preserved?
Check the positions of fossils and fossil footprints. Is there evidence that dinosaurs could have been running from huge tidal waves when they were killed and fossilized?
How did they disapear
Discuss the conditions of the earth after the flood and how it related to the dinosaur. Would they have as much to eat? Would the weather have changed? What sort of climate would the dinosaurs need to survive in? Would people have started hunting the dinosaurs?
Reports or models
Put together a report of what was learned using information gleaned from the Internet and photographs taken at the museums, or create models of some of the dinosaurs, using just the known bone structure and a creative imagination to complete the shapes with modeling clay.
Have students do a creative writing assignment describing an encounter with a dinosaur.