Thursday, May 29, 2014

What on Earth Can I Do? from Apologia Educational Ministries : A TOS Crew Review

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What on Earth Can I Do? by Apologia Educational Ministries

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What on Earth Can I Do? (hardback book) - $39
What On Earth Can I Do Notebooking Journal - $24
What on Earth Can I Do? Junior Notebooking Journal - $24
What on Earth Can I Do? Coloring Book - $8

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What's your worldview? How you see the world, and what you believe determines the way you act. I believe the single most important "subject" to teach in our homes is this - a Christian Worldview. You cannot miss teaching this, everything else falls into line when you put developing your children's Christian worldview first. If we fail to do this, the world will eagerly fill in the blanks for them, you do not want to miss this opportunity to shape the next generation!

What on Earth Can I Do? by Apologia Educational Ministries is the perfect partner to help you with this journey.  This fourth book in a Christian Worldview Curriculum called the What We Believe Series helps children understand what it means to be a “good and faithful servant” of God (Matthew 25:23).

Book 1 ~ Who Is God? And Can I Really Know Him?
Book 2 ~ Who Am I? And What Am I Doing Here?
Book 3 ~ Who Is My Neighbor? And Why Does He Need Me?

The text is designed for the elementary student ages 6-14,  ideal for grades 1-6.  

At the Bentz Test Laboratory, we do this all together, with mom reading and numerous pauses for discussion (this will definitely spark discussion!)  Younger students will need help reading it alone, however,  older students could easily pick this up and work through it independently.

This volume discusses questions like:
  • Your Story of God's Story?
  • Who Put You in Charge?
  • Will you Be Found Faithful?
  • Where is Your Treasure?
  • Where Does Your Time Go?
  • Whose Life is it Anyway?
  • Why Isn't Easy Being Green?
  • What Will Happen When the Master Returns?

Each of the 8 lessons, designed to be covered over 2-3 weeks, begin with The Big Idea and What Will You Do introductory sections.   Historical Figures, Inventions, Music, and other interdisciplinary topics related to the main idea are included throughout. This volume focuses on approx. the WWII era, and has many great history connections.  I love the integrated learning approach they use!  (want to see a sample for yourself?)

The Think About It questions, Words You Need to Know vocabulary,  Hide it in Your Heart Scripture verses to copy and memorize, What Should I Do? character traits, and Parables of Jesus take the topic and create a fully integrated presentation. A Prayer section concludes each lesson, and makes a great family devotional tool.   Throughout this book you continue to build the House of Truth - a visual model of a Christian Worldview.

My favorite part of this course are the What On Earth Can I Do Notebooking Journal - for grades 3-6, (or those writing independently) & What on Earth Can I Do? Junior Notebooking Journal for younger grades, with lots of coloring pages and less writing

These are full-color, spiral bound journals for our students to create their very own personal learning journey with. They get the chance to be the author, editor and illustrator of their own book. You can choose the level your child is most comfortable with. Filled with note taking pages, vocabulary words, scripture memory, word puzzles, and places to record what they have seen God doing, and what they are doing too! Do You Remember sections offer a review of the lesson for them to record. Full color mini books are included, as well as their very own "About the Author" section for them to complete. Their completed journals have become treasures of all they have been learning about God.

The beginning of the Journals offer suggestions for scheduling the 48 lessons, coordinating the text and notebook work.  However, this curriculum is completely customizable to your family.You will want to start at the beginning, the lessons do build on each other.  One thing I really appreciate is how Apologia makes this easy to open and jump right in.

 For the younger children - What on Earth Can I Do? Coloring Book  was a big hit for my "littles".   It's a 64 page, high-quality coloring book that helps them to stay engaged (and their hands busy!), while learning alongside the older children.

When we finish this volume, we will have taken the journey through all four volumes of the What We Believe series.  I feel like this is truly a one-of-a-kind, not to be missed worldview curriculum!  

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