One of the things that I love about homeschooling is that I can pick and choose different curriculum/books for each child based on their interests and learning styles. For some subjects tho, I tend to get in a rut and use the same company over and over, which isn’t necessarily bad, but sometimes it’s nice to mix it up and find something new.
We have been using the same bible curriculum for our littles for the last couple of years, so when I was offered the chance to review a bible study from a new-to-me company, I went for it. And I’m really glad that I did.
We received God’s Great Covenant, Old Testament 2, from Classical Academic Press.
I will say that I (and the boys) love the program! I used this with Joel and Daniel as it is geared for grades 3-6. I don’t know how much of is is just the change, but I really appreciate the layout of the program, how easy it is to follow (without being too simple), and the variety in work for the kids. Our old bible curriculum was ALL fill in the blanks, but this one has several different modes for filling in information.
The student text includes 5 units of 6 or 7 chapters each. Each unit is meant to cover a week’s worth of lessons, taking about 20 minutes a day; each unit includes a theme, bible story along with related bible verses, and student lessons. I love the length of the lessons – so often, lessons are either too short and babyish, or the lessons are tedious in bible studies. In OT2, the lessons were a long enough that the boys learned information, but they were also interesting and all the work was well-tied together. Besides the story reading (which is also read aloud, word for word, on the MP3 files), there are also activities that correspond with the lesson. The student workbook has 296 pages and retails for $26.95.
In our family, we used this with both Joel and Daniel at the same time. The boys would work together with the reading, but each would do their own workbook pages – the workbook work is not tedious or long. At the end of the workbook was our favorite part of the curriculum – the quizzes! really! The quizzes are actually a lot of fun – they include a fill-in-the-blank verse review, some true/false questions, a short fill in the blanks part, and a crossword puzzle (we love crossword puzzles). Also in the back of the student text are informative appendixes, a glossary, and maps. If desired, you can also purchase a very nice map and timeline set that compliments the study.
One very handy part of the curriculum is the MP3 files. They include 3 hours of bible stories, taken word for word from the student text. This is super handy for early readers, or if it would be nice to have a break from mom reading all the time, so you can play each week’s lesson as needed, when needed. It can also be listened to straight through as you would a story tape. The MP3 download is $9.95.
The Teacher’s Guide, has 298 pgs. and retails for $24.95. The teacher’s guide includes a copy of the student pages, complete with answers so that it is very quick and easy to check student work. It also includes an explanation of each lesson part, and a lined area for you to keep notes. I have really appreciated this curriculum – I know it’s good when my biggest complaint is that the teacher’s edition is printed in landscape so it either sticks out of my bookcase, or you can’t see the spine of the book (I’m funny about my bookcases like that! LOL!)
You can purchase the bundle that we received, including the student workbook, teacher’s edition, and MP3 files, for the discounted price of $49.95.
If you would like to check out other crew reviews of Classical Academic Press curriculum, you can find them here.
*Disclaimer: We received the OT2 bundle without charge in exchange for my honest review/opinion of the product. No other compensation was recieved.