My son loves it when we talk about and read the Bible. One of the greatest benefits to being a homeschooler is that we can incorporate Bible study into our daily school lessons. The more questions my son asks the more it challenges me to learn more myself. With being on the TOS Crew I’m glad to be able to review products that aids us in our study of God’s Word.
Classical Academic Press is an educational publishing company. They produce “superlative educational materials to advance the revival of classical education”. Classical Academic Press “specializes in subjects such as Latin and logic, presented clearly and creatively, to equip and engage both students and teachers”. Their mission is to “produce and supply the finest classical curricula to the market today”. The logo of Classical Academic Press features the image of an “aqueduct”. They chose the aqueduct to “symbolize the company’s goal of bridging the old and the new, by reviving the tried-and-true with fresh imagery, technology, and accessibility, and by bringing the life-giving wisdom of the ancient world to the thirsty soul of our own modern culture”. The TOS Crew were given a product to review from their line of Bible courses.
God’s Great Covenant, New Testament 1 is a historical, chronological study of God’s redemptive promises for kids. It teaches students 4th grade and up about the story of Jesus. Students will learn the Gospels through the use of stories, worksheets, memory verses, quizzes, and a little boy named Simon who shares about the world Jesus lived in. Although everything can be purchased individually, for our review we were given the bundle set which sells for $56.95. It includes a softback student textbook, teacher text, and an audio book (zipped MP3 files).
This course consists of 36 weekly chapters that are divided into 4 themed units. The 4 units are:
1. Jesus, the Son of Man, Has come…to Live among His people
2. Jesus, God’s servant, Has come…to proclaim the Good News
3. Jesus, the Messiah,, Has come…to teach about God’s Kingdom
4. Jesus, the Son of God, Has come…to Conquer Sin and Death
Before you get into the lessons there is an introduction section. Here the students will learn about the historical, cultural, and geographical setting, as well as be introduced to Simon. Each chapter includes a Memory Page with a memory verse, and key facts chart, Story Time, Review Worksheets, and a Quiz. At the end of each unit this is a Memory Passage section, Worksheets, Devotional Guide and Final Story for review. There are samples you can view of the student text, teacher text, and the audio book.
The teacher’s manual is a full copy of the student text but in a smaller form. You may have noticed that while looking at the samples. The teacher’s text provides you with answer keys for the lessons as well as teacher’s notes and blank lines for any other ideas you want to add to what the kids are learning. I was hoping to find teaching instructions or scheduling suggestions in the teacher’s manual but they were not included.
The audio download contains a recording of the Story Time section for each chapter. It is read by Christopher Perrin. Classical Academic Press offers a free catalog you can request or download. They also have a Facebook fan page if you would like to follow them.
My son has really enjoyed learning from this study. Having the audio book was very beneficial. He loves listening to something being read to him while he follows along in the book. Since there was no scheduling suggestion I just broke things down to where we did a reading one day, review sheets the next, quiz, ect. This way we could work through a lesson 4 days a week. To hear what others thought of God’s Great Covenant NT1 visit the crew blog to read more.
Disclaimer: The views and opinions in this review are entirely my own. As a member of the TOS Crew I was not paid to write this but received God’s Great Covenant at no cost to me for review purposes, and to give my honest opinion.