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Schoolhouse Review: Who is My Neighbor?


Apologia is a favorite homeschooling resource of mine. I have used their Elementary Science in the past and have been very pleased with it. Every year when I receive my Apologia catalog, I'm always putting tabs to mark all the stuff I want to buy. Particularly the Resources for Parents!

As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I was delighted, okay, really excited, you know, the jumping up and down like a child excited, to be one of the reviewers for Apologia's latest book in the "What We Believe" series, Who is My Neighbor?. This is the third book in the series. The preceding books being Who is God? and Who Am I?
For this review I received a gorgeous hardbound Textbook, Student Notebooking Journal (also gorgeous) and a Coloring Book. The age range for this series is 6-14. The focus of "Who is My Neighbor?" is to help children understand what it means to be salt and light to the world.
The hardbound textbook is written directly to the student. If you have an older learner they can actually use this on their own but of course mom can read it too! 
The first thing you'll want to do is read the Introduction and Lesson Structure section to get familiar with the different aspects of the book. The program explains the key components.
Included is a suggested Lesson Plans which are easy to follow if one chooses.   
The book is beautifully illustrated.
The Notebook, like the Textbook, is really nice and colorful.
 There is also a schedule in the student notebook, so if you have a child using this independently, it's all scheduled for them. What pages to read from the Textbook and what to complete in the Notebook, the child can check off each assignment once completed.
 The Notebook really does become a keepsake as the child writes his/her thoughts, scripture and prayers down. 
I think it's great way for them to really connect with the program and make it their own.

For the younger student, there is a Coloring Book.
My 6 year old niece really enjoyed coloring the pages while I read from the Textbook.

How did we use the program? I used this with nine children, ages 4, 6, 7, 9, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 14. As I read the stories in the Textbook, I would stop now and then to explain something or comment to make it more personal. I did this to keep the two youngest involved with the program. I know to a four year old the reading can seem long. I was pleasantly surprised at how much my 4yr. nephew and 6yr. old niece remembered. There was one time when Little J, came to me, saying his sister wasn't sharing the pillows, I asked, Princess J, "Are you being a good neighbor to your brother by not letting him have a pillow?", this gave me an opportunity to discuss it more at her age level.

As much as I like the schedule provided, we didn't follow it after the first week. Instead I read a little bit each day, five days a week and it worked out well. Sometimes we would sit around the table and other times we'd make ourselves comfortable in the living room.

I really wanted Brent to love the notebooking, he didn't, so we stopped using after a few weeks. Unfortunately my children are not big notebook fans.

What are my thoughts? I really enjoyed this program and plan to continue using it through the summer. My children and I had great discussions, I loved the thought provoking questions and learning 'who' is our neighbor. The learning didn't stop during our Bible time together, I was able to apply or discuss what we read throughout our day. When one of my children wasn't acting like a 'neighbor' to their sibling, I would ask them, are you being a neighbor to your brother? We would discuss what it meant to be a neighbor and refer back to our lesson at times as well.

What did the children think? The older children liked it more than the younger. Some of the reading was a bit long for the two youngest, but they did well with one using the Who is My Neighbor? Coloring Book and the other drawing a picture. The older children thought the stories were interesting, especially Annette.

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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.

2 comments

  1. Great review Linda. :)

    I like how you were able to use this program with all your kids (since there are so many different ages). Probably a great way to save time when doing this as a group instead of by grade.

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  2. Good Review! I really want to give these a shot with Joshua...maybe soon! :)

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