I was very pleased to have been chosen for this review! God’s Great Covenant is a new Bible study curriculum produced by Classical Academic Press for children in 4th grade and above (with an emphasis on the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy). Children will learn about the four different aspects of Christ; the Son of Man, God’s Servant, the Messiah, and the Son of God. This course consists of 4 units containing 36 weekly chapters. Each chapter includes a Memory Page, Story Time, Review Worksheets, and a Quiz. At the end of each unit is a Memory Passage section, Worksheets, Devotional Guide and final story to be used as a review. This section was one of our favorites because it really tied things together for the kiddos and reinforced everything they learned.
The Student Edition is in a consumable workbook format with large print for easy reading. The Teacher’s Edition (below) is identical to the Student Edition but includes answer keys, notes to help with comprehension and teaching and also space to include your own notes. I found the curriculum very easy to understand and straight-forward to use. My kiddos enjoyed all the questions and discussion that was encouraged through the student worksheet pages. We made a binder for each child so they could keep their work organized and in chronological order. Being able to go back and see their work also reinforced the things we learned at the very beginning. For our first-grader we simply wrote out the scripture reference and let her draw a picture reminding her of the story. I reinforced what she learned by asking some of the questions off the student worksheet. She also participated in memorizing the scripture (on a more simple scale).
An audio download is available for the course which contains a recording of the Story Time section for each chapter read by Christopher Perrin. The 3 hour audio file is in an mp3 format and can also be burned to a disk so you can listen anywhere. We put this on our iPod and used it not only at home but in the car. I didn't let the kids listen ahead on the lessons but we did go back and re-listen to the previous Story Times. After listening again, my kiddos really enjoyed discussing the things they'd previously learned. They also challenged each other to try and remember the previous memory passages.
Example of Student Book pages:
Classical Academic Press has also published God’s Great Covenant Old Testament 1 and 2 and God’s Great Covenant Old Testament Timeline and Map Set to help you teach the Bible to your children. With the Old & New Testament curriculum combined, your kiddos will be on their way to being bible scholars!
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