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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

TOS Review ~ Apologia- Who is God?

Authors: John Hay & David Webb
Publisher: Apologia Press
Website: http://www.apologia.com/
Phone number: 765-608-3280
Format: Textbook
Prerequisites: None
Target Age: 6-14
Price: $39

Let’s face it, from fun stories, questions and answers, or study guides Bible curricula comes in many different shapes and forms.  Apologia Press has developed a new way to learn about God and develop a Biblical Worldview, simply by having conversations with your child in their new book, Who is God?

Our children are bombarded on a daily basis with competing messages. Every song, movie, book, TV show, blog, and game is full of ideas—ideas about truth, morality, beauty, identity, faith, and more. Not all of these ideas are true. Some are wrong, some are deceptive, and some are outright destructive. It is more important than ever that young children be equipped to discern among competing ideas and stand in the truth. This is why Apologia has teamed with Summit Ministries to bring you the "What We Believe" Series. The "What We Believe" Series is an outstanding way to teach your child the essential beliefs of the Christian faith, but it’s so much more! With this student-directed, Bible-based curriculum, your children will learn how to use Scripture as a lens through which to view the world around them—to see everything the way God sees it—and know the truth.

~excerpt from the book, from the Apologia website

This hard bound book is the first in a series called What We Believe.  Don’t be misled at first glance because there are only 10 chapters in the book, they are big lessons!  This series of books were created for 6-14 year old and can be used either individually or together as a family devotional.  Each chapter is broken down into smaller manageable sections to include the following:

  • The Big Idea ~ An introduction to the new topic 
  • What You Will Do ~  Lesson Objectives
  • Short Story ~ A short story that gives a glimpse of characters around the same age as your child with differing world views to reinforce the lessons in real life circumstances.
  • Think About It ~ Critical thinking questions  to check for understanding of the lesson.
  • Words To Know ~ Vocabulary words and definitions to write into student notebooks
  • Hide It in Your Heart ~ Two Bible verses to be memorized and written in the student notebook. 
  • Integrated Learning ~ Ties the lesson concepts to interesting articles with other subjects, such as history,art, math, and science.
  • What Should I Do? ~ Highlights a specific character trait and applies it to the child’s life.
  • Prayer ~ Each lesson ends with a prayer that can be adapted to use as a family.
  • Worldview Study ~ gives children a concrete way to remember who they are in God’s kingdom and teaches them how to begin to recognize their own Christian worldview and start to understand why people believe differently from they do.   
  • House of Truth ~ As an optional hands on memory aid the children build the foundation, walls, and roof of the house. All the while getting to see a real life picture of their life in God’s kingdom. In this book the foundation and one wall are completed.  
  • Lesson Plans ~ Daily guides are provided to complete each lesson within two weeks.

    To see a preview of a lesson, click  here.

    Apologia has 3 additional books in this series and they all sale for $39.00 each.

    Book 2, Who Am I? And What Am I Doing Here? Available now

    Book 3, Who is my Brother? And Why Do We Need Each Other? Fall 2011

    Book 4, What on Earth Can I Do? Available 2012

    Also available are the additional add-ons including a 64-page coloring book ~$8.00, audio mp3 CD ~ $15.00, and a notebooking Journal ~ $24.00.  Another great bonus is the wealth of information found on the website to support each lesson. In addition to notebooking pages, there are teacher helps and answer keys. 

    We worked our way through the first 4 chapters of  Who Is God? with my three older girls (13, 10, & 8) with my preschooler (4) listening in.    Since we are currently using Apologia science programs we were familiar with its easy, conversational read.  This book is an excellent starting point for heart to heart conversations and to get the girls point of view.  We thoroughly enjoyed our time with the activities and learning.  The quality of the book is superb, it withstood the little sweet toddlers grip, and that is saying a lot!  Bible time was relaxed and thoughtful and the girls loved the notebooking activities.  We would recommend this book with two thumbs up!

    Find out what my other crewmates thought by clicking here.

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    I am a member of The Old Schoolhouse 2010-2011 Crew and as such received a copy of Who is God by Apologia Press in exchange for a thorough and honest review.  Though I am compensated with free products, I am not compensated in the form of cash for my reviews.  The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but are not influenced by the company or the free product provided .

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