Tuesday, March 15, 2011
TOS Crew Review: Who Is God? Apologia Publishers
Who is God? And Can I Really Know Him? by John Hay and David Webb is the first volume in a new series published by Apologia. This book is for children ages 6 through 14 and covers Biblical worldview. Online resources are included with your purchase to complement the book.
Each lesson is designed to be studied over 2 weeks, with 3 study days per week. This new series takes your children through a study of worldview. Why is this important? So they will not only believe in God but know why they believe what they believe. A biblical worldview sets a strong foundation for them to live a Christ honoring life. When they are questioned about their beliefs they will not only know the answers but have confidence in the life they have built on the Rock.
Who is God? from Apologia.
Table of Contents
Each lesson contains suggestions to help the child keep a notebook of his studies. The lesson begins with an introduction to the topic which will be covered and contains a short story to illustrate the topic. A question section is included to help the child understand the story. Vocabulary words to study and Bible verses to memorize are also included in each lesson. Suggestions are given to the students of what they can do with what they have just learned. Prayer and a worldview study complete each lesson while interesting articles are included throughout to help your child explore worldview in different areas such as art, history, math and science.
I have children ranging in age from 2 through 18. We decided to use Who Is God? as an evening devotional with all of the children. We moved through each lesson at a slower pace than the book recommends since we have a few little ones with shorter attention spans. Most evenings we would read one section of the lesson and then discuss it together. Each lesson has eye catching full color photographs and illustrations that reinforce what is taught. Instead of working in a notebook we talked about the questions and activities in the "Make A Note Of It" sections.
Many discussions were initiated by our nightly reading. Even the youngest children understood the topic enough to give meaningful input to most discussions. After we began the study I was more aware of how often we encounter worldview in our daily lives. The children and I would stop and talk about it each time we noticed it during our homeschool studies.
I think this is an important study for Christian children to use to prepare them for life and I believe it will help build a strong foundation for their lives. The concepts are written about in a way that is understandable to younger children without being boring for older children and adults. I recommend this as a family study or for an older child to read on his own.
Available for purchase from Apologia's website.
Hardcover textbook $39.00
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I received a free copy of this book in order to write this review and have shared my honest opinion.