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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

TOS Review: Apologia's Who Is God And Can I Really Know Him?

Today's review is from a company that I love - Apologia.  Our family has used the "Young Explorer Series" for science for the past 3 years.  But today's review item is a bible curriculum. It is Apologia's Who Is God And Can I Really Know Him!  This is the first book in a series of four called the "What We Believe Series".  It is written from a biblical worldview and helps students learn and discern the truth about their Christian faith using scriptures to answer their questions.  It also gives them the confidence to answer those same questions for their peers.  This book is student directed and written is Apologia's easy to read style that you may be familiar with if you've used their Young Explorer Series before.  It is recommended for ages 6-14.

In the front of the book, they have provided a sample lesson plan that you may use.  We used it for our plan and it worked out well for us.  One unit usually spans over at least six days.  Bible is our foremost subject of the day.  It is the most important subject in our school and one of the main reasons that we began homeschooling.  If my children grow in their knowledge of God's Word, I will feel we will have met our ultimate goal.  

Some of the questions covered are....

Where am I building my life?
How can I know what is true?
What is God like?
Who are the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit?
If God created the world, why isn't it perfect?
Why did God create me?
Will God meet all my needs?
Why does sin keep me from knowing God?
Is Jesus the only way to God?

As you can imagine, after examining these questions with your children they will definitely have a root planted firmly in the Word of God if not many roots.  In the units you will find great notebooking ideas, experiments, recipes, prayers, memory verses to learn and questions to think about and lots more!  Just  a few of the projects we completed were making brownies and getting a corn seed to sprout.  

You can purchase your copy of Who Is God here for $39.  This is a wonderful made hardback book.  Once you have your copy, you also have a special password inside your book that will lead you to many more additional resources.  You may also check out a sample and the table of contents before you buy.  You may also want to check out their list of FAQ.  

Would our family purchase this book?  Absolutely, without a doubt.  We will purchase the next books in the series as well.  It fits completely with our beliefs and we have enjoyed it so much.  We are not finished with this book yet and it will probably take us through the rest of this school year but we will be looking into getting the other books in the series which include Who Am I And What Am I Doing Here, Who Is My Brother And Why Do We Need Each Other (available 2011), and What On Earth Can I Do (available 2012.  

If you are wondering about the beliefs taught - here is what they say about the denomination it is written for.  

What denomination is the curriculum written for?
Who Is God? and the What We Believe series are nondenominational in content and are suitable for families belonging to any of the evangelical or mainline Protestant churches.  The authors of the curriculum, who come from different denominational backgrounds, have intentionally omitted from the course minor points of doctrinal difference that separate denominations in order to focus on the larger issues that inform our faith. You may choose to adapt the book’s terminology or expand on its lessons to cover what your church teaches about such doctrinal distinctives as water baptism or spiritual gifts.

We used this as our current bible homeschool curriculum but I can see it being used as a Sunday School resource and for family devotions as well.

Here is a picture of our corn sprout necklaces that we made which is simply a corn seed on a cotton ball placed in a bag and hung on the window.  Hopefully we can transport it to our garden.  :)


Don't forget to check out what my fellow crewmates thought of Who Is God?.

**Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review.  The opinions here are my honest and true evaluation!

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