Saturday, July 14, 2012

Who is My Neighbor Bible Study - A Review

Apologia offers four books in its Worldview Series, "What We Believe".  My review is for the third book in the series, "Who is My Neighbor".  Last year, I also reviewed the first book, "Who is God".  You can read my review here.

 There are three components to this set: the textbook, the journal, and the coloring book.

                                     Who is My Neighbor Textbook - $39

The third book in the award-winning What We Believe series helps children understand what it means to be salt and light to the world (Matthew 5:13-14). This study will encourage kids to develop a Christlike servant attitude based on these biblical truths: God created me to be a blessing to the world; God chooses to work through me; I can make a difference at home, in my community, and at church; the church is God's family; the church is one body with many gifts; and I am an important member of Jesus' body.  (From the website)


                                   Who is My Neighbor Journal - $24

Your children can capture what they learn in a beautiful keepsake they will want to revisit as they grow in Christ. This spiral-bound notebooking journal includes lesson plans for Who Is My Neighbor?, artful graphics, imaginative writing prompts, puzzles, activities, and eight full-color 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. Your child can personalize the journal with the “About the Author” page and a section for “endorsements” by friends and family! (From the website)


                                  Who is My Neighbor Coloring Book - $8
 For younger students and those who learn best while their hands are busy! This 64-page coloring book is lovingly illustrated by award-winning artist Alice Ratterree. Every drawing depicts a story or teaching from the Who Is My Neighbor? textbook to reinforce the lessons. (From the website)

Our Thoughts:

I reviewed the first in the series, Who is God, last year and was impressed with the book.  At that time, I only received the text book.  But even with just the textbook, I was very impressed with the study.  It was in-depth and thought-provoking and an on-going story was included in each chapter.

So I was happy to be chosen for this review of Who is my Neighbor. And to my surprise, this set now comes with not only the study guide, but also a journal and a coloring book.

The coloring book is great for the younger set and for those who like to keep their hands busy while listening.  The pictures are nice and coordinate with the study guide.

The journal is a great asset to the study.  It has some comprehension questions, some get-you-thinking questions, word puzzles, blank journal pages, and more.  It helps add a lot of meat and variety to the study.  And when it is complete, it will make a great keepsake. 

A schedule is included, which is helpful with planning.  Sometimes it is hard to find a good stopping point with some studies.  So the schedule is a welcomed addition.

The study guide itself has not disappointed.  I am impressed with this series. It is very in-depth, thought-provoking, and appeals to a very wide age-range. The guide gives reasons why God expects us to love and to help others.  It talks about just who is our neighbor and what sort of things we can do to show true charity.  The guide includes scriptures to reinforce the lessons. 

It also weaves an ongoing story through the book.  A family escapes from China during a dangerous time, to begin a new life in San Francisco.  They are amazed at how many strangers show them kindness and charity along their journey, and struggle to understand why they would do so.  Sometimes we learn best through stories.  Just think of Jesus and His parables.

I am happy with this study, am thankful to have received it, and plan to continue using it through the summer in our Bible Study.  

Disclaimer: I received these books free of charge, as part of the TOS Homeschool Crew. The above is just my opinion. Please remember that opinions may, and do, vary.


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