History and geography are subjects that
go together like peanut butter and jelly,
biscuits and gravy, fish and chips.
Great, now I’m hungry.
I have been eyeballing Knowledge
Quest TimeMaps and Map Trek for
some time now, putting them on my list
of Things to Buy for Next Year. When
I received the TimeMaps for review, I
admit, I did a happy dance.
TimeMaps are organized by regions and time periods. Just a brief
perusal revealed that we could easily
coordinate with our history textbooks
(Streams of Civilization, Volumes 1 and
2), the timeline chart we have on our
schoolroom wall, and the other historical books and resources we have collected over the years.
The eras and regions covered are as
follows: Ancient China, The Rise of
Rome, The Fall of Rome, The Rise of
Islam, The Black Death, European Exploration, and the Atlantic Slave Trade.
Included in each set are Teacher’s Notes
that give parents activity ideas, commentaries on the maps, and coordinated printable timeline pages and maps.
The maps have an interactive component; if you advance the time period,
the map reflects aspects and events of
that region for the era selected. They
work like a dynamic slide show with
the commentaries from the Teacher’s
Notes. I am especially happy about the
assignments that correlate with each set
of maps, as well the printable maps and
timelines that work great as exercises
The TimeMap of the Black Death
gives an overview of the historical
setting, as well as information about
where, why, and how it spread. It shows
how the active international trade
routes spread the disease from Asia all
the way to Scotland. The student is en-
couraged to find out more about how
this pandemic affected different societ-
ies and the world.
Who Is My Neighbor? (Apologia
Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc.
Last month, I shared a post about how
we as parents are to help cultivate our
children’s worldview. Whether we realize it or not, every idea we (and our kids)
hear is rooted in a basic assumption and
slant about life. As parents, our job is to
( 1) instill a Godly worldview, ( 2) help
our children recognize untruth, and ( 3)
equip them to defend their beliefs when
necessary and appropriate in a knowledgeable and gracious way.
This month, I also had the opportunity to review a volume in an excellent series for children from Apologia
Educational Ministries, Inc. If you
are looking for solid, Biblical teaching, this series is a treasure. We have
used the Apologia science programs
from elementary through high school
and have been very pleased with
their strong content and high-quality
presentations. When the opportunity
to review the worldview series came up,
I jumped at the chance. I have not been
This is one of those books that I
highly recommend for every Christian family, whether you have chosen
to homeschool or not. Every child
needs to be trained in the basic truths
and doctrines of the faith, regardless of
your educational decision. Even if you
send your children to a private Christian school, remember that this type of
training is your job, not the job of the
teachers at school.
Okay, so here’s the scoop!
Company Information: From the
company’s catalog, I learned in ancient
Greek culture that “an apologia meant
making a formal speech or giving an
explanation to defend one’s own position.” (Just in case you’re wondering!)
We first learned about Apologia’s ministries when we were searching for a
creation-friendly, strong science curriculum for our children.
A few years ago, Apologia introduced their What We Believe worldview series. This is taken from a piece
with their original focus: “to give our
children a strong foundation from
which to understand and explain their
faith.” The first two volumes, Who Is
God? and Who Am I?, cover truths
about God and about ourselves. The
third volume, Who Is My Neighbor?,
focuses on what the Bible says about
servanthood. A fourth volume, What
on Earth Can I Do? (due for release later this year) covers principles of Biblical stewardship. Each book can stand
on its own, but according to the FAQs,
it is best to read them in order if possible. The curriculum is designed to be
completed in as little as four months
(if you do it daily). However, I think