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God's Great Covenant: Old Testament 1

This course is designed as an introductory course for upper-elementary students and early middle school students in their study of the Old Testament. While it is expected that enrolling students have some familiarity with biblical scriptures, this is not required.

The course text, God's Great Covenant, Old Testament 1, is wonderfully engaging and punctuated with just the right amount of historical and scholarly content to interest curious students. Young students will learn to engage with scripture through picture journaling and dialoguing with peers. Students will be asked to read portions of text (or, at minimum be able follow along with text), join in dialogue with instructor and peers, reflect on questions and pose their own, memorize some scripture passages, and practice the oral tradition of “re-telling” scriptural accounts with accuracy and interest.

Music has been specially designed by the instructor to aid in memorizing scripture with ease. For pre-published previews of music samples, you are invited to visit and specifically .

Please note: A primary goal of the course is to encourage and equip students to dialogue together with family and peers about their biblical discovery and learning. To ensure a rich Socratic experience, a 4 student minimum enrollment is required.  If, for any reason, this enrollment minimum is not met, enrolled students will be refunded and/or transferred to another course, per handbook guidelines.

Required Materials:
Books and supplies are not included in the purchase of the course.

Parents may consider purchasing "God's Great Covenant Old Testament Timeline and Map Set" from Classical Academic Press. This is not a required resource, but it is recommended as it will be a helpful tool for your student.

Elizabeth Kaufman holds a M.Ed. and earned her BA in Spanish from Hope College with minors in Music (piano performance) and Elementary Ed.. A missional mindset led her to work in various countries, teaching art and music in an American School in the Dominican Republic, grades 2 and 3 in a British school in Tanzania, and Spanish at a Montessori school in Michigan. Elizabeth went on to choose motherhood and homeschooling as a full-time pursuit and has loved teaching her four sons at home for the past eight years. Throughout this time, she has grown increasingly committed to Classical Christian education and has developed a love for “living” literature and biblical scholarship. She has also combined her love of music and scripture to compose several collections of songs for students and families to learn scripture together and to sing through liturgical seasons. She believes that every course of study is an invitation to witness God’s redemptive work in the world, to be formed and transformed by it, and to engage with Him in it.
Elizabeth lives in Kenya where her husband teaches biblically-based church discipleship and her sons enjoy living and learning “in the bush.” When not teaching or studying classical ed, you can find Elizabeth trail running, composing new music, doing laundry, hosting meals for friends and travelers, or attempting (poorly) to ride motorbikes with her boys. You can listen to her music for learning scripture at

Quarter 1

**GENESIS: God’s Power to Love and Create **

  • Become familiar with the first half of Genesis.
  • Recognize God’s power over all things and his loving desire for all people.
  • Define God’s character and his mercy toward mankind’s imperfect heart.
  • Describe what it means that God is jealous for His people.
  • Explain how we know that God does whatever it takes to purify us so that we can stay close to His heart.
  • Copywork
  • Oral narration
  • Learning to draw for meaning
  • Recitation

Quarter 2

** ** EXODUS: God’s promises & His plans that show how He keeps them all

  • Identify the family through whom God would demonstrate his plans and promises.
  • Explore how God’s plans are not like our own.
  • Find evidence for the consequences of sin.
  • Describe how God’s saving work for the Israelites is for us, too.
  • Recitation
  • Dictation
  • Identifying patterns in story
  • Writing short responses to prompting questions
  • Re-telling with accuracy and interest
  • Elocution

Quarter 3

NUMBERS: God’s provision for HIs people

  • Recall how God lovingly provides for his people even as he purifies them.
  • Show how God fulfills His promises even when His people don’t keep theirs.
  • Identify part of God’s character as a Father who cares about His children.
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  • Recitation
  • Reading aloud with expression and accuracy
  • Inferring meaning from a text
  • Creating a timeline

Quarter 4

**JOSHUA, JUDGES, RUTH, JOB: God’s faithfulness to His people **

  • Retell how God carries out His loving and faithful plans through His people.
  • Describe what it means that His ways are not our own ways.
  • Compare and Contrast His ways to our ways.
  • Identify God’s trustworthiness in stories of trial and trouble
  • Simple outlines
  • Illustrating for meaning
  • Socratic circles
  • Interrogating a text

Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.

Red checkmarkHigh-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.

Red checkmarkWebcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer. Webcam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

Red checkmarkHeadset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm

Red checkmarkZoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. unnamed-e1455142229376 To download Zoom:

  1. Visit
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.

Red checkmarkScanner: In this class, students frequently submit homework assignments by scanning pages from their workbooks. Students and/or their parents should have easy access to a scanner and the ability to use it.


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