- God’s GREAT Covenant A Bible Course for Children
- New Testament 1: The Gospels
- 4th Grade and up
- By Claire A. Larsen
- Published by Classical Academic Press
- $56.95 which includes: Student Book, Teacher Edition, Audio download. Each book and audio also available separately.
About the Study (taken from the Classical Academic Press website)
In God’s Great Covenant, New Testament 1: A Bible Course for Children, students will follow the story of Jesus, the Messiah and King, as He is born and fulfills all God’s promises. But Jesus does not arrive as people expected. The people were looking for a mighty warrior to deliver them from the oppressive Roman government. Instead, He came as the suffering Savior, who would die as the sacrifice for sin and death. He was building a kingdom that was not of this world—it was the kingdom of God. He is the Son of Man, God’s Servant, the Messiah, and the Son of God. Each of the four units in this text emphasizes one of these names of Jesus. God’s Great Covenant, New Testament 1 teaches the Gospels to students in fourth grade and up, using stories, worksheets, memory verses, devotional guides, quizzes, and a little boy named Simon. In the introductions to the text, students will also learn about the historical, cultural, and geographical setting of the New Testament. This book is a most comprehensive and heartfelt study of the Gospels, and many parents and teachers will find themselves learning along with their students.
This is the most thorough, rigorous Bible course that I have seen for elementary age. After a slow start, we enjoyed being able to dig in and learn from this study.
There are six introductions before beginning with chapter one. The introductions cover topics pertinent to a study of the Gospels. They include: Historical and Political, Chronological, Geographical, Religious and Daily Life introductions.
There are 36 chapters divided into 4 units. Each unit has an overall theme and each chapter also has a main theme. Within each chapter there is a theme verse, Scripture passages, a memory passage and Key Facts. The main portion of the lesson can be read aloud, read silently or listened to with the audio. The audio download reads the main portions of each chapter out loud. A review worksheet comes after the reading of the chapter incorporating different question styles. At the end of each chapter a Chapter quiz can be given.
While the student book can stand by itself, the teacher’s guide provides much more background and other information. I was amazed at the amount of extra information included in the teacher’s guide. Doing this study with my kids, I liked using the teachers guide and being able to learn more myself and offer extra tidbits of information.
As I mentioned before, this is a very rigorous study. I felt that it was not a study that I would give to my kids to complete on their own. Ben (10) and Rebekah (8) had to give this their full attention. (I used this with two kids, each child should have their own student book). The introductions became a bit boring for them and we had to slog through. When the chapters started, the study was better received. They enjoyed listening to the audio and then completing the worksheets.
If you are looking for a very thorough Bible course, this is it. I would stick to the recommended grade level and not start this before 4th grade. I would also recommend doing the study along with your child, looking up the relevant Scriptures and listening to the audio together. This way any questions that come up or misunderstandings can be cleared immediately.
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Disclaimer: As an Independent contractor for The Old Schoolhouse and member of TOS Homeschool Crew I received God’s Great Covenant for free from Classical Academic Press in exchange for my honest review of their product. All opinions given are mine and/or my children’s.