Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Who Is My Neighbor? Apologia (Schoolhouse Review)

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Who is my Neighbor? And Why Does He Need Me? is the third book in Apologia’s What We Believe Series. This Bible curriculum is designed for children from 6 to 14. The text is written to the student, so that older children can complete the reading and activities on their own, although the book is excellent read-aloud material for any age.

The text itself includes varied materials—stories about a family escaping China during the Cultural Revolution, stories about the Civil War, historical information, Bible stories, profiles of historical figures, and devotional/inspirational readings that help children relate the stories and Bible personally to their own lives. I think that the varied format helps to keep up the student’s interest, because each day’s reading and assignment is different from the last.

The text stands well on its own and is all you need. It includes discussion and journaling questions and vocabulary. However, the accompanying Notebooking Journal is wonderful. It is a beautiful, spiral-bound book with room to answer questions,  copy Bible verses, write out prayers, and journal. When Emily saw it, she said, “I’m going to keep this forever!”

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There is also a coloring book that would be very nice for younger children to use to reinforce the lessons.

We have enjoyed this set very much. Emily looks forward to doing her lessons and is working through the books faster than the recommended pace. I am hopeful that the topic will help Emily to expand her horizons and to know more about and to care more about neighbors both around the world and close to home.

Who is My Neighbor sells for $39, the Notebooking Journal is $24, and the Coloring Book is $8 from Apologia.

Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received a free set of books in order to write this review. All opinions are my own.

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