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October 20, 2013

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We live in a diverse community. A VERY diverse community! Many of the people in our neighborhood have beliefs that are vastly different from our own! I knew that one day I would need to address this diversity with my children, but I did not feel fully ready, nor prepared to do so.

While I completely understand the importance of teaching my children Biblical doctrine, I knew that it was time for them to not only know WHAT the Bible says, but for them to be able to think biblically about the community and ultimately the world they are living in!

Apologia What We Believe Series: Homeschool Resource for Bible and Worldview

I am thrilled to help spread the word about Apologia’s What We Believe Biblical Worldview Series. I received one of each of the four text and journals in the series for review/giveaway purposes and I was financially compensated for my time. All opinions expressed are my own.

Homeschool Resource for Bible & Worldview

A Complete Biblical Worldview Curriculum: I knew all about the amazing science curriculum from Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc, but, did you know that Apologia sells the What We Believe Series? It is a complete curriculum with coordinating text, notebooking journals, coloring books, and audio CDs that teach biblical worldview!

Apologia What We Believe Series: Homeschool Resource for Bible and Worldview

There are four text in the series:

Although I received one copy of each of the What We Believe text and journals, I was SO impressed that I purchased additional copies of the Who Is God? notebooking journals so that each of my older three kids could have their own!

Apologia Who Is God?: Homeschool Resource for Bible and Worldview

We have officially made an addition to our curriculum that I think is very important for this day and age in the world we live in! Finding a homeschool resource that works (and works well) for my family just makes me giddy on the inside! Honestly, I am thrilled! My kids love it. I love it. And it really works great for our family!

Why I Love the What We Believe Series

Teaching Diversity Through a Biblical Lens: I absolutely love that the What We Believe series is holding my hand as I teach my children about the diverse beliefs of our community and our world through a Biblical lens! My kids will not longer simply hear and observe the diversity in oblivion. They will not only be aware of the differences, they will know what the Bible says about the differences. They will know the truth. They will be able to express and defend their own beliefs from a Biblical viewpoint in a world filled with differing ideas and beliefs about everything.

Our children are bombarded on a daily basis with competing messages. Every song, movie, book, TV show, blog, and game is full of ideas—ideas about truth, morality, beauty, identity, faith, and more. Not all of these ideas are true. Some are wrong, some are deceptive, and some are outright destructive. Young children must be equipped to discern among competing ideas and stand in the truth. ~What We Believe

Made for Multiple Learning Styles: Although I have twins (x2), they are very different. In fact, all five of my kids are very different and they each learn differently! I love that the What We Believe series utilizes interactive learning and addresses multiple learning styles! The series features exciting stories, creative notebooking assignments, fun activities, and interactive hands-on exercises.

My auditory learners love listening to me read the engaging stories from the Who Is God? text aloud to them.

Apologia Who Is God?: Homeschool Resource for Bible and Worldview

My visual learners are stimulated by the colorful pictures and graphics throughout the text and the journal.

Apologia Who Is God?: Homeschool Resource for Bible and Worldview

My kinesthetic learners really enjoy the hands on activities used to solidify the lessons.

FYI, my kids are waiting for the eggs, oil, water, and brownie mix to make themselves into a plate of brownies. This was a great action lesson about creation. Want to know the correlation? You’ve got to get the Who Is God? book! {grins}

Taking Ownership of Their Education: I believe one of the best parts about the Who Is God? homeschool curriculum series is the notebooking journal. I remember hearing Rachael Carman (author, speaker and Apologia owner) speak at a homeschool convention about the value of notebooking! I specifically remember her emphasizing that the notebook belongs to the child and it is a way for them to show what they have learned.

Apologia Who Is God? Notebooking Journal: Homeschool Resource for Bible and Worldview

Essentially the child should be free to express themselves in the notebook. What a freeing activity for the kids and for me! The kids LOVE that the notebook is THEIR book reflecting what THEY learned! I encourage them to draw, color, have fun expressing their thoughts and feelings in their journals.

Apologia Who Is God? Notebooking Journal: Homeschool Resource for Bible and Worldview

It includes THEIR prayers.

Apologia Who Is God? Notebooking Journal: Homeschool Resource for Bible and Worldview

…THEIR praise reports!

Apologia Who Is God? Notebooking Journal: Homeschool Resource for Bible and Worldview

There are lots of blank pages to take notes and share thoughts.

Apologia Who Is God? Notebooking Journal: Homeschool Resource for Bible and Worldview

Plus, there are lots of fun activities for the kids in the journal!

Mini Books

Apologia Who Is God? Notebooking Journal: Homeschool Resource for Bible and Worldview

Word Puzzles

Apologia Who Is God? Notebooking Journal: Homeschool Resource for Bible and Worldview

Additionally, key words are defined…and lots more!

Apologia Who Is God? Notebooking Journal: Homeschool Resource for Bible and Worldview

Benefits of the What We Believe Series

A Perfect Balance of Structure & Freedom: For those of us who appreciate having everything planned out (raising my hand high in the air), lesson plans are provided. Therefore, if structure is desired, it’s there!

Apologia Who Is God? Notebooking Journal Lesson Plans: Homeschool Resource for Bible and Worldview

For those who desire the freedom to go at your own speed, it’s there! You can definitely move through the book and journal at your own pace.

In fact, students could go through the curriculum on their own with minimal help. The text is written directly to the child in a conversational style designed to engage and help them live out the lessons taught.

However, I have found that the series works best for us if we following the lesson plan and go through it together! That way we get to talk through the lessons and how they apply to our daily lives. Plus, I can answer questions right on the spot!

Apologia Who Is God?: Homeschool Resource for Bible and Worldview

Each of lessons in the Who Is God? text contain several key components including:

  • The Big Idea
  • What You Will Do
  • Short Story
  • Think About It
  • Words You Need to Know
  • Hide It in Your Heart
  • Integrated Learning
  • What Should I Do?
  • Prayer
  • Worldview study
  • House of Truth

Just in case I didn’t make myself clear, we are LOVING Who Is God?!

We Love Who Is God

More Info About What We Believe

If you would like more information, be sure to check out what others have to say about the What We Believe Biblical Worldview Series from Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc. Have more questions? Take a peek at the list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Win a What We Believe Curriculum Set

Would you like to win one of the sets from Apologia’s What We Believe series? I am thrilled to be giving away one set of EACH title in the series! Each set includes the text, notebooking journal, coloring book, and audio CD. Yes, there will be four winners! (Don’t worry! If you win a set that you already own, you will receive another set in the series.)

You can enter to win using Rafflecopter below. (If you are reading this post via email or via a reader and the giveaway widget does not appear below, visit the actual blog post or click the link below to enter.) Giveaway is open to US residents, age 18 and over only. Giveaway ends on 10/28/13. The winner will be emailed and announced on the giveaway widget. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email or a new winner will be selected.

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  • Sara Klasing

    I like the Who is God? series. We have preschool aged children who would really benefit from this.

  • Jennifer

    This looks good. I am always looking for different ways to teach our daughter about Christ, the Christian life, and His commandments.

  • Jennifer Story

    I’ve looked at this curriculum a million times but we just haven’t had the funds to dive in… I’d probably start with Who is God? to really emphasize the foundation of our faith. Great giveaway—thanks for hosting!

  • Jennifer Moye

    I would love to win the first book Who is God :)

  • Sonya Hicks

    I would love to win the Who is God. This sounds like a great curriculum that we can do together as a family.

    • http://www.MamaJenn.com/blog Mama Jenn

      Sonya, this could definitely be done together as a family!!

  • Kelly Burgess

    I would like to win the Who Is God? set for my 9 and 5 year old kids. Thanks!

  • Sarah Cates

    This has been on my wishlist for a while now! We will be adopting a child from a very broken family and would love to have this resource to help teach him (& our other 3 children!) a biblical worldview!

  • Sarah @ My Joy-Filled Life

    Who Am I?

  • JuRita

    Jen, I would love to win each one! Our older kids would each have one of their own. lol
    Miss you guys.. think of you often. Hugs.

  • kimberly

    Who is God- I have been wanting that for some time now :)

  • Brandy

    Who Is God is the one I’d want to start with.

  • LLTwinsMama

    I think starting at the beginnng with Who is God? would be a good place to start! :~) Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    • http://www.MamaJenn.com/blog Mama Jenn

      You are very welcome!!!

  • Amy Rohrer

    I’m torn between “Who is God?)
    and “What Can I Do”…..Since I have littles I’d probably go with Who is God, though.

  • Catherine Owens

    I would love to win Who is God? as well. Do you think the books could be done out of order or do you really need to start with the first?

  • http://pursuingwhatisexcellent.blogspot.com/ Kela

    I’d choose “Who Is My Neighbor?” Conversation has been circulating about this very thing in our home lately!

  • Dee

    I would love to win the first book “Who is God?”

  • Jenny

    I have heard about this set and really appreciate your thorough review. I agree that this would be an excellent addition to our homeschool as well! Thanks for the opportunity.

    • http://www.MamaJenn.com/blog Mama Jenn

      Thanks Jenny. Hopefully my review was helpful for you!!

  • Chiana Sanderson

    Who am I? For my 7 and 10 year old.

  • chantae

    We just got who is God…excited to start! So we would like who am I?…thanks for the review!

    • http://www.MamaJenn.com/blog Mama Jenn

      You are very welcome!!

  • Michelle W.

    I would like to win the Who is God? I think this would be great to add to my Kindergartener’s curriculum.

  • Kris Tutte

    I think starting at the beginning with Who Is God sounds great! I’d never heard of this, it looks interesting.

  • Kelly

    I would love to win the Who is God set.

  • kelly

    I am most interested in the “who am I” one.

  • Abbie Blevins

    We are finishing the last chapter of book one this week. My four children have loved it! I’d be most interested in winning book three because I’ll have to purchase the second book before Monday!

    • http://www.MamaJenn.com/blog Mama Jenn

      Abbie! I’m so glad to hear that your kids are loving the series!

  • Emily Copeland

    I’ve been looking for something like this. It looks perfect!

  • nikked

    What a great resource as we venture forth into home schooling!

  • Jennifer Blake

    I would love all of them! But would really love the “who is my neighbor” to start with. Looks at an amazing curriculum

  • Tracy Workman

    this looks really neat!

  • Audria Story

    I’ve been considering this curriculum for a while now…thank you for such an excellent and detailed review!

    • http://www.MamaJenn.com/blog Mama Jenn

      You are very welcome Audria!

  • http://www.MamaJenn.com/blog Mama Jenn

    Hi Genyne! The curriculum is designed for ages 6-14 and it written at a 5th to 6th grade reading level. However, the series is very adaptable to both younger and older students. You can read more about it here: http://apologia.com/ckfinder/userfiles/files/WWB_FAQ.pdf Hope that helps! Thank you for your kind words!

  • http://www.MamaJenn.com/blog Mama Jenn

    You are very welcome!

  • http://www.MamaJenn.com/blog Mama Jenn

    Glad I could help! ;-) We are excited to use Apologia Science this year as well!

  • http://www.MamaJenn.com/blog Mama Jenn

    You are very welcome Deana!

  • CarloRoxanne Feliciano-Bornill

    I am interested actually in all. I hope to win them.

  • Jaci

    I would love the Who is God series!

  • http://www.prncsstefy.blogspot.com/ Giggly Girls

    I’d like the Who is God or What Can I Do? We’ve done the other two and are super excited to do the rest.

  • http://www.momsmustardseeds.com/ Rebecca Brandt

    This is an excellent series. We are working through book 4 this year and will start again next year.

  • Sarah Good

    I did not know APologia offered this curriculum. I’m definitely going to check it out.

  • hannah

    I would like the Who is God? series. My daughter is almost 4 and she has been asking a lot of questions lately.

  • Kristina Stevens Uptegrove

    I would like to try the Who Am I book.

  • Andrea Staunton Balderrama

    I love Apologia science and this looks like a great great addition to what they offer.

  • angela_thebilingualhomeschool

    I am most interested in the Who is God and can I know Him – everything from apologia is great!

  • LaCosta

    I would love to win set 3 or 4 because we have the first 2 and love them!

  • Melissa Hoffman

    This looks awesome. We would be interested in who is God?

  • Amanda Greer

    Who is God ? Sounds great

  • Nicole M.

    We would like the Who Is God set for our preschool/early elementary children.

  • Candy Van Norman

    I love this concept. We are homeschooling our daughter, cause we wanted to keep God in her schooling. This is a great and wonderful way to show her God is always around.

  • laura

    I’m most interested in the first one because we’ll be starting at the beginning.

  • Sandi Sanderford Wray

    I think I would like to start with Who is God?

  • Lina Hayes

    I would love to win Who is God. I am new to homeschooling and not sure where I’m headed, but any little bit would be loads of help.

  • Candice Forte

    Really would love this series! We have some AIG stuff, but I want to get into Apologia. I think it looks amazing!

  • Kristi R.

    I would LOVE to start with Who is God?, but would take ANY of them as we don’t currently have any and I want them all! LOL! We <3 Apologia!!!

  • Leah Rogers Fiandt

    I’ve been considering this curriculum, and I loved your review! Thanks!

    • http://www.MamaJenn.com/blog Mama Jenn

      Thanks Leah!

  • Megan C

    We would just be starting out so Who is God.

  • http://www.MamaJenn.com/blog Mama Jenn

    Yes, I am using Who Is God? along with the Bible lessons included in our MFW curriculum. We just started Who Is God? this school year, but I do plan to go through the entire series. Once we go through the entire series, I think I will go back through it again, and I would opt to purchase new journals. Hope that helps!

  • http://www.MamaJenn.com/blog Mama Jenn

    You are very welcome Julie!

  • http://www.MamaJenn.com/blog Mama Jenn

    You are very welcome!

  • http://www.MamaJenn.com/blog Mama Jenn

    Yes, the journals is great! My kids are loving theirs!

  • http://www.MamaJenn.com/blog Mama Jenn

    You are very welcome!

  • http://www.MamaJenn.com/blog Mama Jenn

    Hi Angie! Can you clarify your questions a bit? I’m sorry, but I’m not quite sure what you are asking.

  • http://www.MamaJenn.com/blog Mama Jenn

    You are very welcome!!

  • http://www.MamaJenn.com/blog Mama Jenn

    Thanks Cathy! Glad the review was helpful for you!

  • jwach02

    Who is God? But any of them would be a huge blessing!

  • NextGen Homeschool

    I have three daughters with different learning styles too, and we just started “Who is God?” — everyone loves it! Can’t wait to continue with this series.

  • Kristi Horn

    Would love any of these as my kids are coming to understand and question what God, faith, and community mean!

  • http://www.MamaJenn.com/blog Mama Jenn

    You are very welcome Tracey!

  • http://www.MamaJenn.com/blog Mama Jenn

    No worries! You could definitely use the What We Believe series as your Bible curriculum. However, I am using Who Is God? along with the Bible portion of our curriculum (My Father’s World).

  • Dinah Ely

    Apologia is a great teaching curriculum! I would love to use it:)

  • Patti

    I would love the “Who is God?” series! This is our first year homeschooling(2nd grade) and I would love to add this into our curriculum!

  • Danielle C

    I am interested in Who is my Neighbor!

  • Charis Chapman

    I’d love to win the Who is God? series.

  • Tracey M.

    I am super excited about winning the “Who is God” set! Thank you so much! I look forward to sharing this special time with my daughter. My husband is also interested in joining us so this may become a family activity. YAH! I immediately sent you an e-mail response after finding out I won – I hope you received it.

    • http://www.MamaJenn.com/blog Mama Jenn

      Hi Tracey! Yes, I received your email response. I apologize for the delay in responding. I am in the middle of moving and things have been kind of hectic. I did, however, forward your contact information as well as the other three winners info along so that Apologia can mail out your the book set. Thank you again for entering the giveaway and congratulations on winning