Friday, December 10, 2010

TOS Review: Apologia’s Good Morning God

My kids and I had a nice time during our Thanksgiving week, reading this beautifully illustrated hardback book, Good Morning God by Davis Carman. This book is published by Apologia Educational Ministries. The cost of the book is $14 and you can also purchase a coloring book to go along with it for $4. The child in the book is four years old and the publishers suggest using the book with children ages 1-8 years old.
The purpose of this book is to help children realize they don’t have to stop what they’re doing to worship, they can do it as they go about their daily lives. They don’t have to reserve prayer for bedtime and mealtime, they can talk to Him anytime. And it’s also a great reminder to us parents that we don’t have to sit down and have a Bible study with our kids in order to teach them about Him. We can, no we SHOULD, teach them as we go.
These Commands that I give today
Are to be upon your hearts.
Impress them on your children.
Talk about them when you sit at home
And when you walk along the road,
When you lie down and when you get up.
                                        ~Deuteronomy 6:6-7

In the front of the book they offer several tips on how to use the book. It is less than 25 pages so you can simply read it straight thru (something we will definitely do in the future). Or you can read it everyday for a week like we did.
The book is broken down by the days of the week, beginning on Sunday and ending on the following Sunday. Each day I made a point of letting my two youngest, ages 3 and 5, know what day of the week we were on. Since reading this book I’ve brought out my old wall cards “Today is ______” and “The weather is_____” to help them learn the concept of days, weeks, months etc. Each day we read the designated 4 short pages for that day of the week then I discussed with them using the discussion questions located in the back of the book. There are also scripture verses to use.  If you have older kids this would be a great way to get them involved. There is very little to read each day so you could easily do this in one setting, BUT the discussion questions would be a bit much to do all at once, in my opinion.
I think this book is great for the children, but it was actually more beneficial for me. It truly was a great reminder that I need to look for those teachable moments, and constantly have Jesus on the tip of my tongue, teaching them as I go…
If you would like to hear what other TOS members thought of Good Morning, God, click here.
**Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I received this product free of charge, in exchange for my honest opinion/review. For more honest reviews from real homeschoolers, visit the TOS Crew website.

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