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Friday, February 17, 2012

Who Am I? (And What Am I Doing Here?)

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We have used a lot of curriculum over the years and I really like when we find something that will make my kids think. If we find something good they will get on a roll and will want to ask questions and talk about the subject matter for a long time. That is one of the reasons why Who Am I? from Apologia Press has been such a big hit.

Who Am I? (And What Am I Doing Here?) is the second book in the What We Believe series from Apologia. This series introduces young people ages 6-14 to basic truths of the Christian Faith. Who is God? is the first book of the series and we had the privilege of reviewing it last year. The next two books are Who Is My Neighbor? and What on Earth Can I Do?
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Who Am I? And What Am I Doing Here? is a biblical worldview of self-image curriculum for children 6-14. I have been using the textbook, notebooking journal, CD, and the coloring book with my girls ages 7, 9, & 10.

  • The textbook is a beautifully illustrated hardbound book with 265 pages and retails for $39.99. The text is written directly to the student in a way the whole family can enjoy and learn from. It is presented in a conversational style that makes it easy to remember what was taught. The book should be used in order but each lesson can last as long as you need it to for your children. In each lesson the idea is talked about and reinforced with scripture, there is a story about a young person from around the world,  there are vocabulary words, memory verses, thought questions, and you even learn about a famous horse and the invention of basketball. With the purchase of the textbook you will get a password to gain web access to additional resources to help teach the course.
  • The notebooking journal is a 248 page spiral bound notebook and is $24.00. There are several different types of pages to be completed. Some pages contain questions from the stories, thought questions, puzzles, copywork of memory verses, and even lists of activities, books, and songs to go with the lesson.
  • The CD is $19.99 and is a complete recording of the textbook. This would be great for auditory learners, slow learners, or people with other learning disabilities that make reading difficult. This CD is a MP3 and must be played on a MP3 compatible CD player or on a computer.
  • The coloring book is $8.00 and is a 64 page softbound book with very wholesome pictures to color. Some of them are of people praying, reading the bible, important or common people making decisions and some even show feelings.

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This book has been one of my girls favorite review items. We didn't really follow a set schedule. I would read the lesson or story to the girls and go over vocabulary words & thought questions together until we were ready to stop. Amber (age 10) and Delaney (age 9) would then work on their vocabulary words, worksheets and journal. Alaina (age 7) would listen while I read and participated in the discussions but she didn't complete the worksheets or the journal. Some days we spent 30 minutes and other days we went a lot longer. I really like the conversational style of writing and it generated a lot of good discussions with my kids. We tried the CD to use with the textbook but there were so many places we wanted to stop and discuss something so it worked better for us if I read to all of them. My girls love to color so the coloring book was a wonderful accompaniment to this curriculum.

Sail over to the TOS Crew Blog and read what other members thought of Who Am I.
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As a member of the TOS Crew I received Who Am I curriculum from Apologia to use with my children in exchange for my review.

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