Thursday, May 31, 2012

What We Believe curriculum

This year we finished the 2nd book, Who am I? , in the Apologia What We Believe series. It is laid out exactly like the first book which we did this past fall.  You can read my blog on that book here.

Like I pointed out in the first one, it wasn't the girls favorite school book this year but I felt it was important and helped us as parents make sure we weren't missing any important foundational concepts.  Some of the concepts I appreciated in the book include; making wise choices and how you determine those, your thought life, not being able to trust feelings, how you see yourself, how God sees you and what you believe God gave you for skills and talents.  There were more concepts, but looking back over it those are the ones that stood out to be particularly meaningful to us.

ApologiaWHoIWhile the girls would not say it was their favorite school subject this year, I would say their favorite part of it were the stories about children in other cultures.  They seemed to remember and comment about the information gleaned in these sections as discussions came up in other places.  I think part of it is the actual kids' stories help them identify with the concepts.  For instance, they immediately identified with "Sage" in lesson 6 whose Mom runs a health food store and dabbles a bit in New Age type ideas including using crystals and psychics.  First of all they liked her name, and secondly a lot of the things they talked about like crystals, psychics, Feng Shui  and New Age were things I think they'd heard about but didn't really get what they are.

The guide asks questions after each of these stories about what the differences are in their life from the story they read.  It asks questions about specific things they believe and asks them to form an answer about how that differs from what the Bible says.  I love this part.

We did not get the notebooks Apologia sells this time.  As I mentioned in my review of the first book of the series we weren't entirely happy with the notebooks.  I just had the girls answer the questions in a regular spiral notebook.

Last week I went to take down the memory verses that we'd printed out and hung on the wall of our family room to help the girls learn them and my husband stopped me.  He said, "No, leave them up, they're great verses", and he's right they are.  One of my favorites that happens to be from lesson 2 is Colossians 3:23-24, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward."

If my girls were younger I might consider finishing the series with the last two books but they are getting on the older side turning 13 and 15 for next year so we are not continuing.  If you are looking to make sure your children have a solid foundation in Worldview before tackling the more advanced Worldview books I would highly recommend it.

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