Tuesday, March 15, 2011
TOS REVIEW ~ Apologia Who is God?
Bible time. As a Christian homeschooler I know that Bible time should be the first subject we discuss each morning. But in reality I had hit a slump. With five kids in five different grades ranging from 1st - 9th it was difficult to find a curriculum that challenged the olders while informing the youngers. I had resigned myself to teaching two different levels but had sent my olders to be independent. NOT what they needed. The youngers got stories but I felt it was repetitive of their Sunday School. Then Who is God? and How can I know him? Biblical Worldview of God and Truth from Apologia Press showed up in my mailbox to review for TOS. Oh happy day. We have started using Apologia's science curriculum this year and loved its narrative style. Who is God? has that same easy narrative style. It is engaging for my 1st grader up to my 9th grader!
The book is a hardbound, 252 page text that Apologia offers for $39 on their site. It is divided into 10 lessons which have many sub sections in them. Each lesson contains a Big Idea, a story that applies the big idea, several sidebars exploring the idea, think about it questions, memory work, vocabulary and notebooking ideas. There is a lovely amount of information in each chapter that each of your kids is bound to have a favorite part. I'm really finding it hard to put into words what I love about this book. It has brought our Bible time back to the family unit. The kids enjoy it. I enjoy it (which means we actually do it:) ) Who is God? is the first volume in a series.
A lesson is taking our homeschool about 2 weeks to finish using the book 3 times a week. I don't have a hard and fast schedule of what I read each day. We just read, discuss and then stop when I feel we have learned and explored the idea. Apologia offers notebooking pages on their site available to purchasers of the book. We use these pages to help the kids solidify the lesson. Also as book extras, are the teacher help pages,valuable information to help you get the most out of the lesson.
We loved Who is God? by Apologia but stop by the crew site to see what my mates thought.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book as a member of the TOS crew for review purposes only.