Make your own House of Truth and save money!
Worldview (also known as Apologetics) is a class that our family started incorporating into our homeschool two years ago. In our opinion, along with daily Bible study and worship of the Lord, it is foundational in raising our children. Teaching our sons who God is and why our faith matters in this world as well as what truths the Bible has to teach us is our primary focus in school. Academics, although important, are secondary.
[box type=”bio”] Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6[/box]
We have used and loved Apologia’s World View Curriculum – Who is God? (And Can I Really Know Him?) curriculum. There are four books in the series that take a child (and their parents through) all the facets of understanding what shapes our worldview, authentic faith and how to apply our faith to our lives and help others to understand God and Jesus from a Christian perspective. It is useful for ages 6-14 and after that Apologia offers some other great continuing Apologetics books.
This first book that we learned from was planned to take about one school year to complete but our family decided to make it a two year course. We figured it was more important to actually learn deeply who God is and those foundations rather than rush through the book. There are a lot of deep concepts in the curriculum that were important to be sure our little sweeties understood. I even learned a lot from this course and can’t wait for the next one. Pretty much all of these things I was never taught in public school and some of them not even in churches I have attended so it was a wonderful root deepener for me as well.
I highly recommend Apologias Worldview training series for planting roots in your child’s faith and understanding of Christianity.
With that background, I wanted to share a post about our DIY “House of Truth.”
The “House of Truth is something that Apologia recommends constructing at the completion of each of the lessons during the course. Basically, it is a visual model of the foundational truths of Christianity. In the book they suggest the purchase of a kit to create the house of truth and in order to save money and be a little more creative we decided to make our own.
My boys love Legos® and it was only natural to make our House of Truth out of Legos®.
In the house of truth there are 11 sections corresponding with what each chapter focused on in the book:
♦ The Rock – God and His Word (blue base plate)
♦ Foundation of Wisdom – Knowing, Loving and Obeying God my Rock (gray section)
♦ The 4 triangles – each a Biblical Truth:
Biblical Truth #1 God Always Tells Me What is Right and True (red triangle)
Biblical Truth #2 God is The Creator (white triangle)
Biblical Truth #3 God is The Father, Son and Holy Spirit – the Trinity (yellow triangle)
Biblical Truth #4 God is The Only True and Almighty God (green triangle)
♦ Fellowship Wall My Relationship With God When I believe that Jesus is God’s Son and My Savior (blue block section)
♦ 4 Pillars on the Fellowship Wall
Biblical Truth # 5 God Created Me to Be His Child and to Give Him Glory (red pillar)
Biblical Truth # 6 God Created Me to Need Him For Everything (brown pillar)
Biblical Truth # 7 Sin Causes Separation and Disharmony Between Me and God (white pillar)
Biblical Truth # 8 Jesus Died to Restore Fellowship and Harmony Between Me and God (black pillar)
During the two year course we built a mini version of this House of Truth to keep in our school room and add to when we finished each lesson. For our final project we built this larger version that is pictured. We wanted to build a larger one so that we could label each section and review what we learned in each section and what the Biblical Truths meant. It was a great end to a thorough course.
Although this is not a curriculum review post I did want to say that we were able to incorporate my 5 year old into this class (with very basic understanding) and he used the coloring book that goes along with the Who is God book. My older son used the supplementary Junior Notebooking Journal to continue to explore and apply the principles and precepts in the book. They are great additions to this course study.
[box type=”bio”] Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the Lord your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess, that you may fear the Lord your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. Therefore hear, O Israel, and be careful to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may multiply greatly as the Lord God of your fathers has promised you—a land flowing with milk and honey. Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:1-9[/box]