Friday, April 20, 2012

TOS Review- God's Great Covenant, NT

I have finally found it! A bible curriculum that I feel is worthy to use with younger kids that is not all fluff.

We had the privilege of reviewing God's Great Covenant, New Testament 1(GGC) from Classical Academic Press (CAP) and it has been great. Targeted for 2nd grade and up, here's what the publisher has to say,

"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 did 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!"

The book begins with quite a few pages of detailed introductions about the cultural, historical and geographical background of the time period. We read through one introduction a day the first week as a starting point. This is not a section you want to skip! The information is very informative and helps fill in the blanks between the Old Testament and New Testament. After that, the book is broken into 36 chapters with review questions at the end of each. Every chapter has a memory verse, key fact chart and fulfillment of prophecy section. The text is engaging and fairly easy to read and my 4th grader and I took turns reading paragraphs to each other.

The separate teacher's guide is the full student text with the answer key and lots of additional notes.  I mean A LOT!  You will not have to worry as a parent about not knowing background information; CAP has you covered.  I found I had to peruse the sections ahead of time to see what I wanted to add; otherwise I tended to interrupt the boy constantly to add additional information.  There is also plenty of blank lined space to add your own notes.

In addition to the student text which sells for $26.95 and the teacher's addition that sells for $29.99, you can purchase GGC Audio files, over three hours of listening, for $9.95.  We loved this addition as it gave my auditory learner extra time to digest the information.

The only drawback I see in this program is that CAP does not provide lesson plans for this particular book.  That being said, it is easily divided into chapters, and would NOT stop me from using this program.  It is one that we will add to our curriculum  and continue to use.

Check out CAP here for additional products they offer.  Our family has also used their Spanish program and been equally as pleased with it!
See what other CREW members had to say about God's Great Covenant here.

Disclaimer- I received the Student and teacher's books of GGC as well as the audio file in exchange for my honest review of this product.  This review represents our family's experiences and was in no way influenced by products received.

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