Vendor Name: Classical Academic Press
Vendor Contact: CAP Contact Page
Name of Product: God’s Great Covenant New Testament 1
Price: $26.95 for the student book; $29.95 for the teacher’s edition; $9.95 audio files; $56.95 for the bundle
Age Range: 4th grade and up (adaptable)
Bible study, it should be at the forefront of our school day but usually it’s relegated to ‘if we have time’ or even forgotten all together since our other subjects cover certain Bible aspects but all that has changed since receiving God’s Great Covenant from Classical Academic Press – Bible study has become easy to include and even fun! Some would probably ask can the classical form of study be fun? The answer is yes, with this great new curricula that introduces the Jesus as He is born and fulfills God’s promises from the Old Testament (there is an Old Testament curricula as well).
For those who do school four days a week then it will be easy to incorporate the thirty six weekly chapters that are further broken down into 4 themed units. Each chapter has a theme, Scripture, memory passage, key facts and what prophecy was fulfilled. We would spend the first three days doing the readings, such as Scripture, the readings in the book, going over the memory work and on day four working on the worksheets. For those who have more than one child working on this the student text is consumable so copies are not permitted but this could be done orally or the answers written on a separate sheet of paper.
While it is geared for grades 4th and up it can be adaptable for younger students who want to work along side their siblings. As we being a new year, I plan on reworking this back into our schedule and including both my 1st and 3rd grader. For those who aren’t writing yet or for who writing is a struggle the answers can be done orally or the memory work could be the sole purpose for them as they work up to going through it again at a later date adding in more work. I especially like the ‘think about it’ questions which helps the child relate what they’ve learned about the Lord to their own lives.
The Teacher’s Edition is the student text in miniature but with answers and guidance along the way. For the parent who may not be comfortable or familiar in teaching the Bible there is more Scripture throughout that makes it easy to reference the Bible. The NIV and NKJV Bibles are both used however you can use whatever translation of the Bible you are most comfortable with and it will work with this program – as I prefer the KJV and the ESV. Also in the teacher’s edition are spaces available to make your own notes – which is handy if something comes to you from your own Bible study or an exciting insight that your child shares that you want to remember.
My children prefer to have me read them their lessons, which is fine if we are working on something at the same time, however there are times when we aren’t working at the same pace and one can move on or where mom can’t read aloud for whatever reason and that is why I’m glad to have the audio files. The audio files are in MP3 format so they can be burned to a CD or as I like to do – put them on my iPod so it’s easier to transport if we will be in the van for a long time or if one of my children wants to listen on their own time. These are not your boring audio files of old – these are the text of the book read by Christopher Perrin that keeps child and adult attention with his exciting style of reading. The audio files are the icing on the cake, so to speak, and really help out when reading aloud can’t be done at the time it’s needed.
This would also be a great way for an older child who can work independently to do their Bible study and then go over it together once they’ve completed the assigned work. In depth and doctrinally sound from what I seen and completed so far, this is a great Bible curricula for the Christian homeschooling family or the family who wants to make sure their child is learning a Christian worldview from the Bible. If you’d like to see what other homeschooling parents have to say about God’s Great Covenant check out the TOS Homeschool Crew blog.
**Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.