Who Am I? And What Am I Doing Here? {TOS review}

You may remember my review of the Apologia published book Who is God? And Can I Really Know Him? that I did last year. That is the first book in the What We Believe series which is a Biblical Worldview Bible study. When I received that book, I didn’t really know what to expect. Our Bible studies had become dry and somewhat boring and there was a disconnection between my being able to make Biblical events from the past relate to the daily experiences of my children.

Who Is God closed the gap and brought a new perspective to our Bible study. So when we were offered the opportunity to review Who Am I? And What Am I Doing Here? I jumped at the chance because we were just a few chapters away from finishing ‘Who Is God?’ and continuing a study we already love was a bonus.

Who Am I? And What Am I Doing Here? takes a Biblical worldview approach looking at ones self-image showing the student how his existence is part of God’s plan and his relationship to and in the world. The lessons are presented in a way that prompts conversation and this is what I like the most about the study. The material is not cutesy, but instead is thought provoking and we have had in the past and also with this new book good conversation where I believe my children truly understand. The suggested age for this study is six through 14, but I included my five year old when he showed an interest.

There are eight chapters:

Lesson 1: What Are You Doing Here?
Lesson 2: What Will You Make Today?
Lesson 3: What’s On Your Mind?
Lesson 4: Can You Trust Your Feelings?
Lesson 5: Will You Choose Wisely?
Lesson 6: How Will You Run The Race?
Lesson 7: What Kind Of Fruit Are You Growing?
Lesson 8: Who Do You Think You Are?

You can see more lesson details about the material presented and a sample of lesson five.

We received, to review, the book, a notebooking journal, a coloring book, and an audio CD. One of my biggest issues when we reviewed the first book in the series was how to schedule the days. There was a suggested schedule, but I found it confusing and ended up creating my own.

Inside of the notebooking journal is a lesson plan that breaks the study up into 48 lessons. It is easily adaptable and since I like the schedule we already use, which has us completing one chapter over the course of two weeks (sometimes three), I continued using that. We do our Apologia Bible studies three days a week.

The notebooking journal is just that and is presented to the student as their book. They are the author, editor and illustrator of what goes inside. Some of the sections that you will find are blank pages for:

Notes (taking notes)
Think About It (questions about the story lesson)
Words to Know (vocabulary words that are from the lesson)
Make a Note of It (writing ideas about how the lesson applies to ones life)
…and there are many more sections of activities; actually more than enough.

Since we did not have this book when we used Who Is God?, I created my own notebooking pages. There are also FREE notebooking pages that are available to you online after purchasing the book. This material is accessible by a password which is listed inside of the book. They are not as complete as what is offered in the journal, but are plenty to get you by. If you are a fan of notebooking, then I would definitely suggest you purchasing the journal. Take a look at some sample pages.

The coloring book pages gave my youngest child something to do while I read through the lessons, but I often found him coming to sit quietly with the older children as I read through the lessons. My older two still love to color, so we used these pages to color for fun after the lessons were done. You can some see sample pages.

Although the CD with a complete narration of the lessons is a nice addition to the study, I preferred reading through the lessons with my children. We cuddle, I read, and we talk. The pages are colorful and very visual in presentation and would be missed if we used the CD to cover the lessons. The images along with the content have also prompted some good discussion.

So far, I have reviewed a few books from Apologia. I know I say this everytime I review an Apologia book, but I really do like their publications. Every single book from them, I’ve absolutely loved.

All of items in this study are available online. The course book is $39, the notebooking journal is $24, the coloring book is $8, and the audio CD is $19.

You can read more reviews of this item by fellow crew members on The Homeschool Crew Blog.

The product featured in this review was provided to me free of cost by the manufacturer or representing PR agency as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. The opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.
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