Who Is God? (And Can I Really Know Him?) Volume 1 Notebooking Journal

Who Is God? (And Can I Really Know Him?) Volume 1 Notebooking Journal

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ISBN: 9781935495529
Grades: 4-9

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This full-color, spiral-bound notebooking journal includes lesson plans, artful graphics, imaginative writing prompts, puzzles, activities, and mini books. There's even a place on the cover for the child to write his or her name as the author of the journal. The journal includes an "About the Author" page and a section for "endorsements" from friends and family!

The statistics are disturbing. Teens and young adults who have been raised in the church are leaving and not returning later. Lots of them! Europe is filled with empty church buildings. Is America following her example? Researchers trying to find the reasons have concluded that it isn't enough to "just" take your child to church with you. It isn't enough to "just" homeschool. Parents must be actively involved in living/demonstrating/teaching the biblical Christian worldview. Worldview isn't something mystical or unknowable - it's simply the way your child (and you) looks at the world every day. Diverse beliefs about reality fill the world around us and in our emerging "global village" are coming ever closer. Christians are faced with critical questions such as: "How do we know what is true?" and "How must we live our lives in relation to the truth we come to know?" This curriculum (ultimately a four-part series) is designed to address questions like these. It is based on the biblical Christian worldview, which affirms that truth is absolute and knowable through the revelation of God. It reiterates that knowledge of God is the beginning of wisdom and the key to understanding the world around us.

Apologia is providing a wonderful tool for Christian parents: user-friendly, colorful texts written in an engaging, conversational style directly to the student. A tool that can be customized to any individual child or family, encouraging Bible reading and memory work, thoughtful examination and consideration of ideas, notebooking as a means of gathering and processing information, prayer and personal application. It is both a Bible study and a doctrinal study; but it is much more. It presents students with the opportunity and necessity of turning the light inward and then turning toward the One who is the Light. As such it does not hesitate to take on some difficult questions such as: Where am I building my life? What is God like? If God created the world, why isn't it perfect? Why did God create me?

Although this series is unique in many ways, there are also many points of overlap with the worldview materials that come from Summit Ministries - indeed, one of the writers is a Summit staff writer. That's good, in my opinion, as Summit Ministries has been actively pursuing the idea of worldview education for years and has developed an orderly approach to its many facets. It also means that you can expect to see a thorough and age/grade appropriate examination of all the major worldviews as well as the implications of each on different aspects of our culture.

To give you an idea how all of this works together within a lesson, let's look at lesson 6 of Who is God? (V1): "If God Created the World, Why Isn't It Perfect?" The authors obviously understand about how to "hook" an audience because the first thing you notice as you skim through the lesson is a story about a camping trip, a recipe for S'mores Clusters (yes, they sound wonderful), and a picture of a wide screen TV. Well, the camping story introduces a father-son discussion on creation while the rest of the chapter provides the biblical and theological background - The Four Relationships of Creation. And the TV? It serves as a reminder that TV shows, movies, music and internet sites are all produced by people with worldviews and that they are powerful tools that can shape what we believe.

Each Text is a beautifully done hardcover book that includes the lessons for each course. Each lesson can be covered in about two weeks, three days per week. That timetable would probably work well for a middle school student working more or less independently. However, there's a lot of flexibility here and if you wanted to do the study as a family with multi-age children it could be slowed down considerably. Lessons follow a pattern: an overview called The Big Idea, a list of the learning objectives - What You Will Do, a short story, then Think About It (thought-provoking questions). Next is a vocabulary study - Words You Need to Know - and suggested Bible memory verses - Hide It in Your Heart. (Bible verses are primarily taken from the NIV although the ICB and NLT are sometimes used. Students are encouraged to read passages in whatever version they prefer.) The heart (and bulk) of the lesson is called "Integrated Learning" and consists of a clear presentation of the lesson contents interspersed with interesting articles (e.g. Where was the Garden of Eden? in Lesson 6, V1), biographical sketches (e.g. Fanny Crosby), illustrative artwork (often reproductions of masterpieces by Rembrandt, Velazquez, Dore, Michelangelo, and others), and Make a Note of It sections (suggestions for notebooking topics). Personal application is introduced in the What Should I Do? section along with a prayer. Each lesson concludes with Worldview in Focus - which is an ongoing study using a visual model - The House of Truth - developed by Summit Ministries.

Apologia has given us a valuable course of study. I have to admit it's courses like these that make me wish I could start my homeschooling all over again. How blessed today's generation of homeschoolers are! Although the course could be completed with just the Text, a Bible and a notebook for each child, Apologia has prepared some additional user-friendly tools. Designed to be a keepsake record of the child's spiritual growth through each course, the Notebooking Journals provide subtly colored, graphically designed (i.e. attractive and appealing) space to keep notes from the course content, vocabulary, memory verse records, reinforcing activities and mini-books, practical applications, course reviews and thoughtful responses. These are probably most appropriate for upper elementary and middle school students as there is a fair amount of writing involved. The student is the author of this journal and a nice feature is the author's biographical page at the end - all ready for the student to supply his information. [May I just add a "Wow!" here - these journals are amazingly and lovingly prepared.] The Coloring Books may appeal more to the younger set but there's enough detail to bring out the artist in anyone. The to-be-colored pictures serve as review and reinforcement; sometimes depicting characters from Bible stories or biographical sketches and sometimes asking a question of personal application. You'll want a set of high quality colored pencils like Prismacolor Scholars. The MP3 Audio CDs provide course content that can be downloaded to computers or iDevices. ~ Janice

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To accompany the main text to teach Biblical worldview to my elementary-age students.
Kristin K on Oct 31, 2022
I chose this to teach students Truth on a level they could understand!
Christina H on Aug 2, 2022
To accompany the main text to teach Biblical worldview to my elementary-age students.
Kristin K on Oct 31, 2022
Fantastic series! We have used this with all of our children.
Jesse S on Aug 16, 2022
I chose this to teach students Truth on a level they could understand!
Christina H on Aug 2, 2022
Melisa H on Jul 15, 2022
looking to implement this for our morning gather time, ages 8-16
Anna B on Mar 18, 2022
I have used this with my other children and love the entire series
User on Jun 24, 2021
for Bible/Worldview
Melissa B on Sep 21, 2020
This study came highly recommended, and I am so excited to dive into it with my family!
Kealani S on Sep 6, 2020
I bought the "junior" notebook for my daughter last year, but it's too young for her.
Tanya R on Aug 31, 2020
needed extra copy for second student
Jacqueline H on Aug 15, 2020
Recommend by friend
Nickie D on Aug 14, 2020
Highly recommended by my homeschool co-op
Stephanie J on Aug 8, 2020
It looks like a really great series for devotions for my kids!
Laura S on Aug 3, 2020
Apply bible learning? Yes!
Christina K on May 7, 2020
I chose this as a companion to the textbook.
Sheryl F on Apr 7, 2020
Excited to get new Bible curriculum
Lindsay F on Jun 1, 2019
We love this series! We did this several years ago and I want to go through it again now that the kids are older.
Kristyn B on Jul 22, 2018
I like the notebooking options that cover the ages of both of my students.
April R on Jul 14, 2018
Recommended by teacher
Lisa G on Jul 1, 2018
To go with the book Who Is God?
Nea D on Apr 17, 2018
Cathy Duffy top picks
Stephanie L on Jan 18, 2018
I thought it would be a good extra resource to use with the textbook. My son seems to engage better when he has something to write in. It makes him feel more a part of the lesson.
Julie R on Nov 14, 2017
We use Mystery of History and we really like how it ties everything to God and the Bible. Looking forward to learning and delving deeper into God and His Word alongside my children.
Cherisse C on Nov 2, 2017
Hoping to make this year go nice and smooth!
Mark H on Aug 25, 2017
Need a Bible curriculum and since I like the publisher, I thought I'd give it a try.
dayanara c on Aug 23, 2017
I am expecting thisto be a good fit for my 4th, 6th and 8th graders. Heard lots of good things about this curriculum.
Shawn S on Aug 22, 2017
Highly recommended.
Kerri P on Jul 17, 2017
My 10 year old is very excited about using this journal during our devotional time.
Stacy B on Jul 5, 2017
We did the "Who Am I" and was really impressed.
Jennifer P on Feb 11, 2017
A real meaty Bible curriculum that my 11 year old can dive into mostly on her own. I was amazed how hard that was to find! She's a few weeks in and I'm very pleased. If you can afford the notebook, go for it.
sarah jean j on Sep 17, 2016
To teach my children about God.
Kathleen S on Sep 6, 2016
top rated by Cathy Duffy
Bisram j on Aug 28, 2016
Our homeschool co-op is using this curriculum.
User on Aug 25, 2016
Great Bible devotional and curricula for my boys
Aileen R on Aug 19, 2016
Wanted kids to have a bible curriculum, they enjoy this.
User on Jul 26, 2016
my kids go to public school and have a lot of opposing ideas thrown at them. I want them to know why we believe what we do. I want them to have an answer for the kids and to learn to think for themselves. that is why I got all three. I have three kids.
Lisa S on Jun 22, 2016
Our family found this series to be a wonderful family devotion. Not only are we sharing the reading, but also each others answers to questions (from individual prospective) and pictures drawn or colored from the notebook.
Jenny S on Jun 21, 2016
I already have the book and like it. It seemed like the notebook would be useful for keeping track of the assignments better.
Jody L on Sep 23, 2015
Fantastic series! We have used this with all of our children.
Jesse S on Aug 16, 2022
Melisa H on Jul 15, 2022
Is this full enough to use for a high school credit for ninth grade? thank you
A shopper on May 14, 2022
BEST ANSWER: Electives are not as closely scrutinized as core subjects for high school credit. It should be fine for 9th, but I would not use it past 9th grade.
Does the textbook and workbook last an entire year or one semester?
A shopper on Jun 21, 2019
BEST ANSWER: They have a suggested reading schedule, but you can split it up however you wish. There is a lot of reading, so we broke it down into smaller parts to make it easier to digest. The workbooks are a great companion! My 2nd grader loved the puzzles and coloring pages, and my 5th grader liked to journal and answer all the questions. I would highly recommend this workbook because it answers so many questions about God that most churches don't even cover. Questions that kids would ask, like "Does God really know everything?" The stories throughout about the two little boys really help to explain it all through real life circumstances.
Which grade level is this notebook for?
A shopper on May 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would say about 4th through 6th grade. Of course, it depends on how well your child is writing independently. Here are some differences between this level and the corresponding Junior Notebooking Journal.
~The crossword puzzles in this book have about 20 clues/words each, while there are only about 10 in the Junior Notebooking Journal.
~Likewise, word find puzzles contain about 20 words for this level and only 8 for the Junior version.
~There are only coloring pages in the Junior book--none in this one.
~For the most part, the verses used for copywork in the Junior version are about a dozen words long. (They get a little longer toward the end of the book.) They are about twice as long in this older level. Also, the Junior book has the dotted line that you would see on kindergarten or 1st grade handwriting pages.
~"Words to Know" in the Junior book are fill-in-the-blank format (with the needed words listed as choices at the bottom of the page), while the student using this older level would need to write out definitions for each word.
~This older level also has several questions that would require a written response throughout each lesson. It looks like the coloring pages replace these in the Junior version.
~Both levels have the mini-books. Those appeal to all ages. (Even moms!)
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Rated 1 out of 5
We did not enjoy this program. We only did 3 lessons and gave up. Do not recommend at all.
August 22, 2020
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
We LOVED this Bible study. The book was so well-written and it gave us so many talking points to dive deeper. The journals were also a great addition. We loved it. The project at the end made me tear up as I watched my children show the culmination of what they’d learned. Thank you to apologia for this series. It’s amazing!
August 3, 2020
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great course
My granddaughter cannot wait to start this. She is hungry for God, and this course promises to feed that hunger.
May 1, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
I like this
I do like this. It works if you are reformed, but I don't think it would if you are not.
January 30, 2019
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great notebook
Our 10 year old likes it so far!
September 20, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Good for older kids
My son uses this book alongside our Bible study, and I like the variety it offers. There are verses to copy, crossword puzzles and fill in the blank, thought-provoking questions, and places for him to take notes or draw his own pictures. We don't use every single thing on every page, but I like the different methods used to reinforce key Biblical principles that are helping to develop his Biblical worldview.
November 11, 2015
over 7 years ago

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