Have any of you ever tried any of the Apologia curriculum before? We received the Who is my Neighbors set, and instead of using it for school curriculum we used it for devotions a few times a week. In our Who is my Neighbor set we received the hardback book, "Who is my Neighbor?" ($39.00), along with the Notebooking Journal ($24.00) and the Coloring Book ($8.00). This was our first experience with Apologia. I have heard quite a few people recommend it, so I was excited to get a chance to try Apologia with our family.
To be honest we personally had to skip a few areas since as a family we do not use television, movies, and a few of the books they used, especially when discussing Bible. Also I prefer to just read the Biblical accounts and discuss them, rather than adding to Scripture to retell the account. We were able to skip over those portions and still use the curriculum. The actual subject covered in this series is much needed today though, servanthood. We need to realize and to train our children so that they will realize they are here to help others and encourage others.
My husband led off with the reading portions of "Who is my Neighbor?", and occasionally we all took turns reading. In the reading portions they use different types of example and stories to help teach the lesson. Some of them are true accounts, others were based on books and other media. We then discussed the questions together as a family. You can also fill out the Notebooking Journal together as a family, with each member adding their own thoughts.The Journal also has extra activities to help reinforce the lessons being taught, like; Word Searches, verses to memorize, thoughtful questions for you to answer, praise reports, and prayer. We personally did not use the coloring book, but for younger children this would be helpful and fun.
This is actually the third part in a series done by Apologia. I have never seen any of the others before, but you might wish to start with the first one in the series and work your way through, although this is not necessary because each book can stand alone. Who is my Neighbor is recommended for ages 6- 14.
We have enjoyed using this series for devotions.
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Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.