12 July 2012

Apologia's *Who Is My Neighbor?*: A Review

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I must admit, I am always excited to discover a new (or new-to-me) book by Apologia.  Our family has never been disappointed by anything we've ever used from this company.  So when the opportunity came to review their latest book in their biblical worldview series I was very much looking forward to it.  

Who Is My Neighbor? (And Why Does He Need Me?) is the third book in this series.  This study is all about how to be salt and light in a dark world.  It teaches the importance of servanthood, working together as The Church and as families and so much more.  It is recommended for ages 6 and up and makes a wonderful family study.

This book is divided into 8 main themes, with each theme taking up to 3 weeks to cover.  The themes are:
  1. Does Anyone Really Need Me?
  2. How Can I Make a Difference?
  3. Who Is My Neighbor?
  4. Why Did God Make Families?
  5. What Can I Do For My Country?
  6. Why Can't We All Just Get Along?
  7. Who Is God's Family?
  8. Why Does the Church Need Me?
Each theme is taught from the viewpoint of Scripture, giving short stories, new words to learn, prayer, practical applications, Scripture memorization, thought provoking questions, and much more.  These lessons really dig deep into The Word and applying it to our lives!  

There are a couple of other resources available to use along with the main text.  There is a Notebooking Journal to go with this study that can help the student really retain what they are learning by taking notes, writing out Scripture, answering some review questions, doing some corresponding puzzles and activities, learning more about practical life application and even keeping a prayer journal all within this notebook.  

For younger students there is a coloring book to keep their little hands busy while they are learning and what they color will help to reinforce each lesson.  This book has lovely line drawings to color and also Scripture throughout.  

These books are available directly from Apologia.  The main textbook is $39, the notebooking journal is $24, and the coloring book is $8.  I really do highly recommend this book!  It is excellent, biblically based teachings that will truly help your family grow in the Lord.  

Our family is really enjoying this study!  The lessons are beautifully written, never boring and have so many layers to them and different ways of teaching each theme that it totally captures the kiddos attention.  I am excited to continue to see spiritual fruit growing in my children's lives as we dig deeper into God's Word.  We are planning to continue using this series for our family devotional time and I can't wait to also dig into the other three books in this series: Who Is God? (And Can I Really Know Him?), Who Am I? (And What Am I Doing Here?), and What On Earth Can I Do? (A Biblical Study of Stewardship).  

You can read about what other homeschool parents think of this book and series at the Schoolhouse Review Crew blog.

Disclaimer: I received the Who Is My Neighbor? textbook, notebooking journal and coloring book through the Schoolhouse Review Crew and Apologia in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.  


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