Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” ~ 2 Timothy 2:15
At the core of what God has called me to do in my homeschool is to develop in my children a faith that is grounded and one which
they can defend. I have found a number of resources along the way that have help me get my children to where they are now. In God’s Great Covenant, OT 1 I have found a completion to what we already have set in place.
I was asked to use and review Classical Academic Press’ God’s Great Covenant, OT 1 (grades 3-6), and received the Student ($22.95), Teacher’s Edition ($24.95) and the mp3 audio files ($9.95). Book 1 covers Genesis – Ruth in 32 lessons. If you follow the suggested schedule your kids will enjoy 20 min/day and cover 1 lesson a week.
The lessons are divided up into 5 themes:
- God’s Power (Genesis 1-11)
- God’s Promises (Genesis 12-50)
- God’s Redemption (Exodus 1-34)
- God’s Provision (Exodus – Deuteronomy)
- God’s Faithfulness (Joshua, Judges, Ruth and Job)
We covered our lessons in God’s Great Covenant early in the afternoon, usually while the younger ones slept. I would go through the lesson with my 3 older sons (6, 8, and 9). We followed the recommended schedule shown above. Because of how the course is laid out, though the daily lessons were only 20 minutes, we covered and learned a lot!
On Day 1, we read the “Story Time” pages. These were a narrative account of the Bible passage we were studying. These gave us a bird’s eye-view of the lesson and gave the boys a basic understanding of the Bible passage we would read the next day.
The mp3 audio files contain the “Story Time” of each chapter. During the week I would have the boys listen to it during quiet time, in the car or at bedtime. These helped to refresh their memory and review the story we were learning about.
The mp3 audio files was one of our favorite things about this course. The boys always listened attentively! The storyteller has a voice that is enjoyable to listen to and the story itself is engaging! I had to make an effort to not let the boys listen too far away from were we were in the lesson! (Click on the link for a audio sample!)
The “Memory Page”, which we looked over and discussed on Day 1, was very helpful. It helped me and the boys know what to focus on, summarized important things in the chapter like the “theme”, “memory verse”, “key facts” and “things to remember”. My favorite thing of the “Memory Page” was the “Who is God” section. It pointed out what the lesson was telling us about who God is.
The worksheets and the quizzes were fun and helpful for me and my children. It helped me see what areas my they needed to review. Sometimes we went through the questions orally. My boys, especially my oldest son, liked that these did not require a lot of writing. The lesson did provide for enriching discussion, and this worked for my boys who LOVE to talk!
- further elaboration on key points in the story
- biblical verses to support points made
- geographical and historical information.
- answers to questions in the Worksheet and the Quiz.
The material in the Teacher’s Edition was much more than my kids were ready for. It did make me feel very confident and prepared for potential questions that would have otherwise caught me off guard.
- After Story Time or reading the Bible passage, we really enjoyed narrating the story. This was not only fun, but also helped the boys practice oral skills and helped them remember and understand the story a lot better!
- The goal of this course is for your child to learn more about God and His Holy Word. The worksheets and quizzes can turn off some kids. You can ask the questions and have the child answer them orally. This makes if fun and inclusive of kids who are still learning to write and younger siblings!
I look forward to completing God’s Great Covenant with my boys. I want my boys to be students of God’s Word. This is a Bible course that will help any child’s faith grow and mature!
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.