Who is My Neighbor? Review

I have never met an Apologia product that I didn’t like. Who is My Neighbor? is no exception. As a matter of fact, this book has only increased my fondness for Apologia materials.

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Who is My Neighbor? is the third book in Apologia’s What We Believe Worldview Curriculum, written by John Hay and David Webb in conjunction with Summit Ministries. As I reviewed the book for the Schoolhouse Review Crew, my only regret was that I had not been part of the crew when they got to review the first two books, Who is God? and Who am I?

Who is My Neighbor builds on those first two foundational texts. First we know who God is. Once we know who He is, we can know who we are, and then we can reach out to others.

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Who is My Neighbor? materials include a hardbound textbook, a spiral bound notebooking journal, and a coloring book for the youngest listeners. The textbook is organized into 8 lessons or chapters. A chapter can be covered weekly or longer, depending on your family’s needs. The authors offer a suggested reading schedule and other tips in the introduction.

I confess, I am a textbook junky, and this series is sorely tempting me to add it to my collection just for its beauty on the surface, not to mention the gold within. The textbook alone is STUNNING! The hardbound book is filled with the highest quality color pages, and the layout is easy to read and well-organized. The notebooking journal is equally beautiful – it’s almost too pretty to write in!

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The notebooking journal includes corresponding discussion questions on pages with striking background images for the different parts of each chapter. The journal also includes pages for vocabulary like “triune”, “interdependence”, and personal definitions for concepts such as “trusting God” and “honesty”. There are pages for scribing Bible verses to memorize, places to to draw out ideas or write paragraphs about concepts such as what it means to serve each other and more. I Spy! is a recurring page for writing or drawing about where and how the student has seen the Lord working in his/her life. The journal includes a variety of other pages for writing/drawing out prayers, praise reports, word searches, and more.

Apologia is dedicated to a solid Biblical worldview and every page of the textbook and notebooking journal bubbles with awareness of God’s loving presence in our families and His living and active word in our lives. Who is My Neighbor? is full of historical faith stories, creative and insightfully paraphrased Bible stories, and theological lessons that illustrate what it means to live in the family of God and reach out to others.

Designed to reach children ages 6 to 14 years, this series is an excellent Bible/Worldview/Social Studies product. It would also make a wonderful text for family devotions or even a small youth group bible study. Each book can be completed in an 8 week session or spread out over the school year.

My eighth grade daughter – just on the upper edge of the recommended age group – and I read a portion of a chapter together each evening. We enjoyed the relaxed language and stories used to illustrate the key themes, not to mention the eye-catching layout and photos on each page. It was a great way to wind down the day at bedtime. It is a wonderful curriculum for families with growing children, and I highly recommend it!

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Disclaimer: As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I received a copy of Who is My Neighbor?, the Notebooking Journal, and the Coloring Book at no cost to me in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.

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