Apologia sent me Volume I of their new Biblical Worldview of God and Truth, What We Believe series. There are going to be four books in this series but the last two have not been completed. Here are the links to all four books: Who Is God?, Who Am I?, Who Is My Brother? (available 2011) and What On Earth Can I Do? (available 2012).
The book I received, Who Is God?, was a beautiful, large, hardback book with 254 full color pages. It is recommended to be used with ages 6-14 and the cost is $39. There are some other resources that you could purchase to go with this such as the audio MP3 Cd ($15), coloring book ($8) and a notebooking journal ($24), however none of these products are necessary. We only had the book and some free pages we printed out from the link given to you when you purchase the book. I also wrote out the memory verse for each lesson and the definitions that we were to learn for that particular lesson and we reviewed those each day.
The book is separated into 10 lessons and according to the schedule located in the front of the book you should be able complete a lesson in 2 weeks. We did not use this schedule. It just didn’t work for us. Instead we easily adapted the lessons to fit our time allowance. If we were short on time, we read one section and did the activity that followed. If we were able, we read more.
The lessons are separated into many different components such as The Big Idea (overview of the lesson) Hide It In Your Heart (memory verse), Integrated Learning (uses different topics such as art, science, math, or history to relate to the main topic being taught), What Should I Do (focuses on a godly characteristic and how to apply the lesson to your life), Worldview Study (helps students see the world around them from a Biblical worldview, as well as exploring other worldviews), Short Story (stories that use characters with differing world views and examples of how to deal with these differences and explain what you believe) and more.
The activities vary from simple notebooking, narration, to more hands on activities, like baking brownies!
Baking brownies was one of our favorite activities and we’ve already looked ahead to see when we will bake again (soon!). What does baking have to do with Biblical Worldview you say? Well a lot when you know the entire story.
One of the fictional stories in the book depicted a young boy explaining to his friend that, just as the plate of brownies they found on the table couldn’t have baked themselves, neither could the earth have created itself, without the hand of a Creator.
We were instructed to gather the ingredients for Phenomenal Brownies and wait… So we did:
We watched…and we waited…But those brownies never did make themselves (and neither did the earth create itself, by the way )
I’m kind of glad they didn’t because we would have missed out on the fun of making them…
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