This year my family has fallen in love with Apologia as we are just finishing up our first year of their science curriculum. When I was presented with an opportunity to review one of their Bible courses, I jumped at the chance. I was hoping that it would be incredible, and it did not disappoint. It is written in a conversational style to the student and is geared towards ages 6-14. However, I am getting an awful lot out of it myself!
Everything is organized in such a clear manner with the Who Is God? curriculum. With some products out there, I feel like I need a Ph.D. just to understand how it works. That is definitely not needed here. There are ten lessons which have a suggested pace of about two weeks per lesson. The book opens with a How To Use This Book section that is clearly written and super easy to understand. It includes a suggested lesson plan, what key features you will find throughout the book, contact information if you need further help, and the overall lesson structure.
The products for this course are as follows:
This beautiful book is laid out in such a great way to keep your child’s interest, but at the same time it has not become visually cluttered. The quality of the pages and book itself are excellent. In the first lesson, Where Am I building My Life?, I was hooked. There is scripture, solid teaching, life application, vocabulary, memory verses, and much more.
A Notebooking Journal~
The book opens by saying . . . “The book you hold in your hands is yours. You are the author, editor, and illustrator.” They had my daughter immediately. The Notebook also opens with a How To Use This Book section. It explains in clear detail the thirteen different types of activities the student will find throughout their journal. Such as: Hide It In My Heart, Word Puzzles, Praise Report, and Living Out Loud. What an amazing learning companion and keepsake this book will become.
An audio CD~
A very nice option if you are interested in having someone read aloud the book to your child. The voice on the CD is nice and calm and reads at a very manageable pace.
A color book~
I was quite pleased to find the color book that has pages that perfectly line up with the various stories being taught in the text book. This allows for a child to color while you read aloud to them or to give a younger child their own special work while the older ones complete the Notebooking Journal. It really is a fun option.
Who Is God? is the first course in a four-part series including Who Am I? Who Is My Neighbor? and What On Earth Can I Do? We will definitely be continuing on. I have zero complaints about this curriculum.
I think the best review I can give of this course comes from the simple words of my 11-year-old daughter. When asked what she thought about the Bible curriculum, she replied, “They just do everything in such a fun way that I can actually understand and remember what I have learned.” Thank you, Apologia!