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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Product Review: Apologia "What We Believe" Series

Raising a child with strong Christian ideals is becoming increasingly more difficult in today's world. Movies, TV shows, games, and books all expose young people to different messages; many times these messages conflict with those that are being instilled in the home.

Apologia has long been known for their wonderful science programs. Now they've put themselves back on the map with a new series of Christian character-building curriculum's. The "What We Believe" Series is a wonderful tool for parents and educators that help develop and instill aspects of the Christian faith.

The series is student-directed and Biblical-based. The books that we reviewed, Who am I?, helps students develop a healthy self-image based on Biblical truths. Intended for children ages 6 to 14, this program is easily adaptable for younger children; making it perfect for a large family that wants to teach multiple levels at the same time.

An aspect of the program that appealed to me is the notebooking journal. This full-color, spiral-bound notebooking journal includes lesson plans, artful graphics, imaginative prompts for writing and drawing, puzzles, activities, and mini books. We are very big on narrations in our homeschool curriculum and this notebook offered a wonderful way for my boys to reflect and record thoughts and feelings about the teachings.

Overall I was really impressed with this program. It is intended to be student-directed, but I had a very hard time figuring out how my younger learners, ages six and barely eight, would complete this on their own. It was definitely more successful with my full involvement with the younger boys.

Another mom I know is familiar with this very series and has offered to let me quote her thoughts on my blog review as well. She used the program with her two girls, ages six and eight and writes, "I like how the curriculum uses stories to "sneak in" a conversation about God. I also like how the authors include historical or cultural information about the setting or time periods of the stories. They are learning on lots of levels." She also pointed out to me that she had to direct the lessons for her kids, making me think that this as a self-directed program is much more effective for older learners.

I encourage you to visit the website and check out the Who Am I series. Although it is Volume 2, there are no prerequisites. The books range in cost from $8.00 to $39.00. I would also like to point out that this series is not designed specifically for homeschoolers. In fact, the other mom I quoted does not homeschool her kids. The program is designed for any family that wants to deepen the faith development of their children. I strongly believe that parents are the most important teachers when it comes to teaching about faith. This series will give you the tools to get started.

Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Homeschool Review Group, I received the above mentioned products free of charge in exchange for an honest review on my blog. I received no other compensation.


Dianne said...

We are using Who is God? this year and we really like it. We don't do any of the notebooking stuff; we just read through it and talk about it. Overall, I've been really impressed with the series.

LambMama said...

Thanks for the review - I have been wondering about these programs and it was nice to hear a review from a family that is close in ages to ours!

LambMama said...

Thanks for the review - I've been looking at these programs and it was nice to read a review from a family that is close in ages to ours!