Friday, February 15, 2013

Classical Academic Press - TOS Review


My family was eager to get Book 1 of God's Great Covenant: Old Testament for review! Classical Academic Press is the publisher of some really great curriculum.  My husband does a nightly bible study with the kids and is long past this point however having some writing work and reviewing familiar topics with some memory work is always a great thing for our children.

We received for review God's Great Covenant Teacher book, student book and the awesome audio book on cd. The set was totally more than I expected. I have never bought or used a Bible curriculum so I didn't actually know what to expect. I did purchase an additional item from Classical Academic Press for our personal use simply because my family has never done a timeline and I felt what better to work on than a timeline of God's people. We bought God's Great Covenant Old Testament Timeline and Map Set as an addition to our review.
God's Great Covenant Old Testament Timeline and Map Set
Classical Academic Press is an educational publishing company in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Press is a product of years of brainstorming, conversations, and thoughtful critiques. Their mission is to provide the finest classical curriculum to the market. Their motto is "Classical Subjects Creativity Taught". Something I was kind of puzzled about was the company logo but I found my answer in researching this company. In the logo there is an image of an aqueduct, which is a Roman civilization that provided water to towns, villages and cities throughout the empire. They use it to symbolize the company's goal of bridging the old and new by reviving the tried and true with fresh imagery, technology and accessibility. 

My children using this are ages 12, 9 and 7. I am using this daily in our 30 minute allotted Bible study time. We only received one student book and per the copyright of the book we couldn't copy pages for each to use so we have took turns with each child writing in the book. My smallest doesn't really care for the writing, so it's not got a lot of his handwriting within. 

I haven't been reading a lot of the passages to the kids. I have allowed all of us to take turns reading simply so that everyone would stay engaged better. My guys like to be involved so I have allowed each to read several paragraphs per lesson. 

We haven't completed the book simply because the review period doesn't allow us that much time. We are on Chapter 4

One of my favorite parts of this curriculum is having worksheets to reinforce our Bible lessons. I know that sounds nutty but we have never done work text for Bible. I also love the additional purchase of our timeline.

Something also new to me was having Catechism questions for our kids. Don't get me wrong, hubby and I talk and answer questions tons however some of the questions that go with each chapter are more detailed and make the kids think on a more personal level.

The kids did debate something in the very first chapter. They didn't like the wording about on the 6th day God created Animals and People. All three of the kids said no it was just Adam.
Kids...

There are 32 Chapters in this first book. We have been able to stick right to the recommended schedule of this book. The publisher recommends 1 chapter per week and we have done that with ease.

There are 5 themed units within Old Testament 1:

-God's Power
- God's Promises
-  God's Redemption
- God's Provision
- God's Faithfulness
  
 Each chapter has a breakdown of a theme. There is a memory verse for each chapter and key facts. The chapters are broken down into 4 parts per chapter. Memory page is the first page; it helps to tell you the basics of what you're going to be learning about. The key factors and information that's going to be reviewed. Then onto Story Time. This is when we would either read it aloud or listen to the audio provided. The next page is for review. It's a review worksheet to cover what was talked about and review what the important topics where and last but not least the Quiz page.

I personally like that this is able to be used with such a wide age range. I mean my kids are spread out over 4 years and this is working perfect for each of them. This set is recommended to be used with children grades 3-6.

There are several ways to see if this is a great fit for your family before you buy! There is a suggested schedule here. Along with a sample chapter for free! 

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The Schoolhouse Crew received several different topics from Classical Academic Press. Some reviewed Song School Spanish and others different Levels of God's Great Covenant. You can read about their experiences here.

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. 

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