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Sunday, April 22, 2012

God's Great Covenant New Testament 1

Every evening before bed we have family devotions and every morning when we get up we all spend some quiet time alone reading the bible and in prayer. We also study the bible during our school day. Sometimes we use a curriculum and other times we will just study a certain subject or book of the bible. The curriculum I like best are the ones that only deal with bible facts without man made wisdom included.
We have been using God's Great Covenant New Testament 1 from Classical Academic Press in our school the last couple of months. This 352 page book is recommended for children 4th grade and up. There are 36 weekly chapters, divided into 4 units. Each chapter contains:
  • A memory page that includes a weekly memory verse, key facts chart, fulfillment of prophecy section
  • A thought-provoking “Think About It” question that encourages children to consider how to relate to God in their own lives
  • A worksheet and quiz

  • Unit reviews that contain a memory verse worksheet, devotional guide, and a fun short story of life in Simon’s world

  • In God's Great Covenant students learn about Jesus, the Messiah and King, as He is born and fulfills all God's promises. Jesus came as a suffering Savior, who would die for our sins. Students are taught the Gospels by studying four names of Jesus:
    • Son of Man
    • God's Servant
    • The Messiah
    • Son of God
    The introduction teaches the students about the historical, cultural, and geographical setting of the New Testament.

    The Teacher's Edition contains the entire student text, answers keys, and additional information to expand the historical, geographical, cultural, and theological concepts taught in the student book.

    The God's Great covenant, New Testament 1 audio files are read by Christopher Perrin. There are thirty-two stories from the Gospels lasting more than three hours. The audio file is MP3 format and can be played on most popular music players or burned on a CD.

    I have been using this curriculum with  Alaina (age 7), Delaney (age 9), & Amber (age 11). I would read the text then we would all look up bible references and discuss our topic. Amber & Delaney would then complete the worksheets. The text is basically bible stories written in a conversational way but all of the bible references are listed below. I really like that there are so many charts throughout the book when comparing the gospels, events and their prophesies, eternal life & death, and many more. Another favorite of ours are all the maps that are included, by the time this text is finished the students should be very familiar with where Jesus traveled. The introduction is very detailed and compares the Old & New Covenant, and covers the historical, political, geographical setting of the New Testament.
    The teacher's book contains the entire student text with tons of notes to the teacher. Each note is numbered with the corresponding number included in the student text. There is also blank lines to make your own notes. This makes teaching very easy on the adult.

    The audio files are very easy to listen to. We enjoyed listening to the stories from them but we did not use this with the curriculum. I find it better to read the text to them so we can stop and discuss what we are reading. I think this would be great to listen to while running errands and then complete the worksheets when you get back home.

    Classical Academic Press produces educational materials to revive the classical education. They offer Latin and logic to engage both students and teachers. We have used The Art of Argument and Latin for Children in the past and have loved them both.

    I received the complete set of God's Great Covenant, New Testament 1 and it is available for $56.95. You can view a sample of the student text and purchase it for $26.95. The teacher edition is available for $29.95. You can listen to a sample of the audio files and purchase it for $9.95.

    Sail over to the TOS Crew blog to read what other Crew members thought of God's Great Covenant.
    Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew I received God's Great Covenant free of charge from Classical Academic Success to use with my children in exchange for my honest review.

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