What a fabulous program! The publisher recommends this for 4th grade and up, but I ended up pulling everyone in for this. I had my 5th and 7th graders doing the workbook aspect, but the 9th, 2nd and Kindergartner were listening in to the readings. I love when I can use a Bible resource for everyone.
God's Great Covenant will be a four-volume series (two for the Old Testament and two for the New Testament). Each volume includes a student book, a teacher's edition, and a set of mp3 audio files.
The material is divided into four units of 9 lessons each (so 36 weekly lessons in all) plus a whole bunch of introductory material. This covers the gospels. God's Great Covenant New Testament 2 will cover the remainder of the New Testament, focusing on the story of how Jesus' disciples took the gospel message throughout the world.
The units in this study include:
- Jesus, the Son of Man, Has Come... To Live Among His People
- Jesus, God's Servant, Has Come... To Proclaim the Good News
- Jesus, the Messiah, Has Come... To Teach About God's Kingdom
- Jesus, the Son of God, Has Come... To Conquer Sin and Death
- a general Introduction, which talks a bit about how this study is organized
- a Historical and Political Introduction, which covers the various empires in Palestine, and specifically what was happening politically around the time of Jesus. I completely lost my 2nd grader and kindergartner in this part.
- a Chronological Introduction, which goes through basically a timeline of Jesus' life
- a Geographical Introduction, with two maps, that covers the geography and topography of the region
- a Religious Introduction, which covers a whole lot of ground as far as what synagogues are, the role of the Temple, the Sadducees and Pharisees, scribes and priests. I lost my little two in this section too.
- A Daily Life Introduction, where we "meet" Simon, a fictitious boy who lives in a fictitious Jewish village near Cana. He is used here and in the unit wrap-ups to talk about what normal life was like in this time.
Within the unit, each lesson contains a story time section (which you can listen to on the mp3 audio files) and which includes charts and maps. There are also two pages of review worksheets, and a memory passage of a verse or two.
We are enjoying this study, and I will be purchasing the New Testament 2 when it comes out. We haven't spent nearly enough time studying the New Testament! It is likely we will backtrack and use the two Old Testament volumes too.
The New Testament bundle, which includes both the student and teacher books, and the audio downloads, is available for $56.95. Items can also be purchased separately.
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