God’s Great Covenant Old Testament 1 (Student Edition)
A yearlong course for students in grades 3-6
The Bible tells us God’s story. It has many parts, but from beginning to end it is one story with a promise throughout: “I will be your God, and you will be My people.” Through this story, we learn who God is, who mankind is, how the world came to be, and how God worked through history to bring redemption to His people. The God’s Great Covenant series will narrate this story for your student in an engaging and unique way.
God’s Great Covenant Old Testament 1: A Bible Course for Children teaches the biblical narrative from Genesis to Ruth, starting at the beginning when sin came into the world. This first book presents the overarching Old Testament themes of the promises and power of God, recounted in simple, weekly stories. Students will follow along with God’s people, see how He leads them and keeps His promises, and learn how the stories of God’s people begin to point us to the coming Savior, Jesus Christ.
The student edition has 32 weekly chapters divided into 5 themed units. Each chapter includes the story of that week’s Bible verses, presented at a clear, elementary reading level, and a memory page with a Bible verse, key facts chart, and vocabulary. A thought-provoking “Who is God?” question encourages students to consider how to relate to God in their own lives. There are also worksheets and a quiz to accompany each lesson.
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Unit Themes Presented in God’s Great Covenant: Old Testament 1
Unit I: In the Beginning—God’s Power. God, the mighty Elohim, demonstrated His power by speaking creation into existence. He barred sinful man from the garden and judged the wicked world with a catastrophic flood. At the same time, the power of His mercy and His redemptive plan secured man’s future existence.
Unit II: By the Patriarchs—God’s Promises. The Lord God plucked Abram out of the city of Ur and sent him on a journey. Through the covenant, the Lord gave Abram (later called Abraham) three promises: to give him a land, to make him the father of many nations, and to bless the world through him. These promises—and God’s faithfulness to keep them—form the foundation for the rest of God’s story.
Unit III: Out of Egypt—God’s Redemption. In God’s mind, rescuing Israel from Egypt was more than saving the Israelites from slavery. The Lord God was redeeming Israel from sin and renewing the covenant He had made with Abraham. Despite their sin, the Lord desired to dwell with His people and bless them.
Unit IV: Through the Wilderness—God’s Provision. In the harshness of the Sinai wilderness, the Lord God showed His people that His care for them was perfect. Even though they grumbled, complained, and refused to trust Him, God was completely trustworthy.
Unit V: In the Promised Land—God’s Faithfulness. After the glorious conquest of Canaan, Israel entered into the dark years when everyone did “what was right in his own eyes.” Even though Israel repeatedly turned from the Lord, He always heard their cries for mercy and delivered them from the oppression of their enemies.
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“My 8-year-old son loves God’s Great Covenant. It is very clear and well-written, and he enjoys all the activities and puzzles. He is retaining so much more than I expected. I love how the curriculum includes Hebrew and Greek words and English derivations.” —Julie, homeschool mom
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“We were so fascinated by the history and the maps found in the introduction that we spent several days on that alone! We found the history and the concise manner in which the facts were presented to be just right. The presentation is spot-on.” —Lisa, TOS Review Crew
“The extra notes in the margin of the teacher’s guide are amazing! [My student] loves the story time, and has a tendency to memorize everything she hears—so the audio recordings are perfect.” —Amy, homeschool mom
“What I liked about the text is that it is history, religion, and even a little philosophy all in one. The story-like context held our attention and created interest to keep learning.” —Jessica, TOS Review Crew
“Truly, this couldn’t be any easier to use—all the work has been done, and besides a Bible, no other materials are required. If you proceed at a tailored pace while working according to your child’s capabilities, you’ll see this workbook is compatible with a wide range of skills and learning styles, making it suitable for multi-grade teaching.” —Kathy, Homeschoolbuzz.com
“We also absolutely love the MP3 audio book. . . . I appreciate how Classical Academic Press fully equips the teacher via the Teacher’s Edition notes to teach this course with greater understanding of the Bible. You can tell that they did their homework when writing this Bible course.” —Linda, homeschool mom
“I appreciate the emphasis of Old Testament prophecy fulfilled that is the focus of God’s Great Covenant. I feel it will give my students a deeper appreciation and knowledge of how the New Testament builds upon the Old Testament and God’s perfect plan for salvation.” —Briana, TOS Review Crew
“We have really enjoyed using this book! I decided to use this book for our family devotions rather than as a workbook for one student. It is written from a covenantal and reformed theological perspective. I am a conservative, fundamental Baptist and haven’t found anything I would disagree with.” —Karen, homeschool mom of ten
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“I thought the layout of this course was well done. I like the scriptural accuracy. [My son] enjoyed the discussions, and by seeing the information on a page, it turned an abstract concept more concrete for him. Now I am not saying that will happen with all children on the autism spectrum, but it seemed to help him.” —Mrs. K, homeschool mother
“Thank you for producing a user-friendly, doctrinally correct Bible curriculum that also speaks to the hearts of children. I appreciate how your curriculum covers the facts, yet makes those facts relevant and easily available for application. It is so important for children to see that the OT isn’t just a dry history book! Your illustrations are also a favorite of my boys. They are continually remarking on one illustration or another, about how ‘cool’ they are.” —Paige, homeschool mom
“My boys love the pictures in your Bible study books, so they will definitely like your timeline. Bright, clear, and easy to read. . . . We continually review our OT. Thanks!” —Paige, homeschool mom
“The content and structure of this curriculum is designed so well that this sense of story comes through on each page.” —Mary Ann, homeschool mom
“Your Old and New Testament [workbooks] are the finest Bible curriculum I have seen.” —Wendy, homeschool mom
Claire Larsen has had a passion for writing for children ever since she took her first Institute for Children’s Literature course over twenty years ago. One of her assignments was published in Jack and Jill magazine. Claire graduated from Covenant College (Class of 1970), where Professor Dr. John M.L. Young was instrumental in shaping her theological views and encouraging her interest in studying the Scriptures. Through the years she has had a busy teaching ministry, first with children and later with women, leading Bible studies and speaking at seminars.
After raising three sons, Claire returned to school in 1996. She received a master of arts from Biblical Theological Seminary in 2000 and is self-employed as a biblical counselor. When she is not writing or counseling, she is spending time with her family or reading books. Claire most enjoys visiting her grandchildren, Lauren, Lyla, and Christian, and reading books with them.
Grade Level: Grades 3-6
Use: Consumable product
Course Length: Yearlong