Thursday, February 23, 2012

Apologia - Who am I? (And What am I Doing Here?)

Last year, the Bentz Academy began our study of Biblical worldview with a new discovery for know how I love something new!

We started the first volume in a series of four - Who is God? (And Can I Really Know Him) by Apologia Ministries.  We all have a worldview, whether we recognize it or not, and I felt a deep need to make sure that my children knew what a true Biblical worldview was .  What an amazing journey we took!

If you're like me, you probably associate the name "Apologia" with excellent science curricula. (and you'd be correct!)  But, they have so much more, all in the same stellar quality as you have come to rely on from their science curriculum.

This year, we were delighted to get an opportunity to review the 2nd volume in the series - Who am I? (And What Am I Doing Here?)  A Biblical Worldview of Self-Image.

The Bentz Test Laboratory all joined together (as we did last year) ages 2-14 to read this together. (I find lunchtime to be the perfect time - their mouths are all full, and I get to do all the talking!)   We read several pages, then discuss.  I have to tell you, this has been our favorite subject for both years. What I love most is it has given me the outline to intentionally discuss what the Bible says and what that means for us.

Apologia quality shines throughout this hardcover book.  Each lesson starts with "The Big Idea" and introduces the main concept.  "What Will You Do" covers learning objectives of the lesson.  "Short Story" tells a story with characters that your children can really relate to.  "Think About It" has great discussion questions.  "Words You Need to Know" covers the vocabulary used.  "Hide it in Your Heart" identifies specific Bible verses for your child to write in their notebook. 

All of this is integrated together in every article with interesting articles and learning tidbits to keep their interest.  "What Should I Do" highlights character traits and gives them tools to apply this lesson to their lives.  "Prayer" a section to acknowledge and thank God.  "Worldview in Focus" the final part of each lesson that intoduces them to differing worldviews around us. "What's the Difference" - lets them compare/contrast these worldviews.  They also continue building the "House of Truth" that they began back in Volume 1 - a very visual model of what they are learning.

This volume covers topics such as: Why are we here, what are our gifts, what about our feelings, choosing wisely, who do we represent, what is the Fruit of the Spirit, and what do you see when you look at yourself.

I love how Apologia has made this a very easy-to-use series - you can customize it to your family.  The Hardcover book ($39) can be used over and over. They have also added a beautiful, spiral-bound Notebooking Journal ($24), a Coloring Book ($8), and even an Audio CD ($19).  You can use it with all of the learning styles in your house!

This is one of my favorite finds of all time!  Don't miss the opportunity to intentionally teach your children what a Biblical Worldview is... they will have a worldview, so make sure it's the correct one.  I love having started with Who is God?,  moved on to Who am I? and I can't wait for Volume 3 - Who is My Brother? and Volume 4  - What on Earth Can I Do?

See what the other members of the TOS Review Crew thought here.

I was sent a complimentary set in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the TOS Review Crew.


1 comment:

  1. Wonderful review! I like your lunchtime study time! lol! We do our Bible study some mornings during breakfast but the full mouths haven't stopped my crew! lol!