“Mama, Bible was super fun this morning!”
Heard when putting our Who Am I? Text Book away for the morning:
“No! Mama! Just a few more pages…please??”
“Can we read more after lunch? What about first thing tomorrow morning??
When it’s time to do math or reading:
“Can we read in our Who Am I? Book? It’s so much more fun than math!”
“Yes, Mama, please! It’s so good! I can’t wait to read just a couple more pages!”
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What is a Biblical Worldview?
I wasn’t familiar with the concept of a ‘Biblical Worldview’ until just a few years ago. Since I didn’t know the concept, I certainly wasn’t being purposeful about teaching it to my children.
The Oxford American Dictionary of Current English describes a lens as “a device for focusing or otherwise modifying the direction of movement of light, sound, electrons, etc.”
During that first introduction, a worldview was described to me as looking through a lens. That lens might be shaped by the Bible, the culture around us, our parents, our friends, bad experiences, and on and on.
The concept is that something forms the lens through which we view the world.
Based on this description, a Biblical Worldview is one through which we filter and focus everything by God’s Word. Because our family is Christian, we believe God’s Word to be Truth and we teach that Truth to our children.
A Homeschool Resource to Teach My Children a Biblical Worldview
I am a big believer in intentional parenting – I want to be intentional in how I talk to, pray for, interact with, and love my children. And I also want to be intentional in how I teach them about God. I don’t want them to get into their teenage and young adult years and be confused about who God is.
To be more intentional about teaching my children a Biblical Worldview, we’ve been reading through Who Am I? And What Am I Doing Here? several mornings a week, in addition to our regular Bible study. This is the second in the 4-book What We Believe series, written and published by Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc.
Who Am I? focuses on being fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God. My children and I are learning about who God is, what He is like, and special gifts and talents that He’s blessed each of us with.
The main component of this curriculum is the hardback book. You can add on the Notebooking Journal if you’d like to layer another level of depth to this study.
ETA: Now there is a Junior Notebooking Journal for younger learners! It seems like it would best fit the 1st-4th grade crowd.
How We Use This Homeschool Curriculum
A Lesson Plan section is included in the beginning of the Notebooking Journal that accompanies each book. The Lesson Plan is based on a day (Day 1, Day 2, etc) and not based on a 4 or 5-day school week, which is exceptionally convenient to this homeschool mom!
When I plan our school for the week, I first schedule our typical Bible reading/study. I then schedule our Who Am I? reading 3 days a week, usually Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. I like to leave a bit of room after our reading because it always results in such good, memory-filled discussions with my little ones!
The What We Believe series is written for ages 6-14. While the book is written in a friendly, conversational-type style that my son could read alone, I choose read it aloud to my children. Reading it aloud together allows us the opportunity to stop and discuss various points. I also choose to read the text aloud because my 6 year-old daughter listens in. She’s an auditory learner, so she can easily retain the stories and information that she hears.
Our Favorite Features of Who Am I?
Besides its easy-to-read text that appeals to my children, I enjoy the variety of topics. In just the first lesson (of 8 lessons total), my children and I had the opportunity to discuss a child’s handicap and how God could use that for His glory, we were able to learn about and memorize some attributes of God, and we were able to compare and contrast our family’s view of God with a family that does not believe the same as we do.
Oh WOW the questions and discussion that last topic sparked!
My 8-year-old son is working through the Notebooking Journal that accompanies the book. While you can certainly use only the book, the Journal has been a valuable piece for him. My son is a visual learner and likes this type of “follow-up,” so the Journal is a must-have on his list.
The Journal has a variety of activities – from cut & paste mini-books, to crossword puzzles, to a place to write a prayer, to praise reports! Because of the variety, my son sees this as “fun work.” Love that!
Note that my son is using the original Notebooking Journal. The Junior version was not available at the time of this writing.
Have you use the What We Believe Series? How did you use it in your own home?