There and Back Again

30th May, 2011 - Posted by Claire Larsen - 6 Comments

To North Carolina and back again …. It was a great weekend at NCHE in Winston-Salem. This homeschool fair was my first one this year, and as I’ve written before, going to homeschool fairs gives me a renewed excitement to go home and continue writing. The comments and encouragement of you, homeschool parents, let me know that someone indeed reads what I write and that children are learning not just the stories of the Bible, but more importantly the story of the Bible.

So … I’m home again, and I’ve got ideas, some from you all and some of my own, as to how to make God’s Great Covenant a better learning curriculum. Thanks, everyone, for allowing me to meet you, and thanks for your kind, encouraging words.

Posted on: May 30, 2011

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6 Comments

Kathleen Boughn

June 8th, 2011 at 2:02 pm    


Hi Claire, I am a 62 year old grandmother from Oregon who has adopted and is home schooling 3 of my grandchildren. Ages 3 to 11. We start our school day with the flag salute and then your bible study. My children can’t wait to get started. I’m sure you have been encouraged by many, but I can’t tell you how wonderful your study has been for my children. The layout is pefect and has taught them values they will carry the rest of their lives. If I could only impart one thing in their lives, it would be to “know God” and you have helped me do this. We can’t wait for the New Testament studies. Thank you.

Claire Larsen

June 10th, 2011 at 2:55 am    


Kathleen,

I am a grandmother, too, and I want more than anything that my three grandchildren come to know Jesus and learn to love Him. My desire in writing God’s Great Covenant was to have all who read the books to see God in a fuller, fresher way. In New Testament 1, I wanted all the readers to see Jesus as a real man who lived in a real world with real struggles, but at the same time He was truly God. I’m excited that NT 1 is almost ready for sale.

Thanks for you encouraging words about the GGC books. I pray that God will use them in children’s lives, and when I hear from parents, grandparents, etc. I get spurred on to keep writing.

Patrice

July 12th, 2011 at 1:17 pm    


We have also been tremendously blessed by GGC curriculum! Anxiously awaiting NT this fall! Thank you, Claire!

Tammy

July 12th, 2011 at 6:11 pm    


I am so excited about this curriculum. I’m a graduate of Covenant Seminary and have wanted to find a good Bible curriculum for my kids homeschool that was taught in a covenantal redemptive fashion and this is perfect. My question, I am starting it this year and I have a K, 2nd, and 4th grader. Do I need to cover OT 1 and OT 2 with my 4th grader or if she started it with her 2nd grade sister will she be bored by the workbook materials being two grades ahead of the intended audience. I would love to teach them together but I don’t want her to get bored by the time she gets to NT 2.

Claire Larsen

July 12th, 2011 at 9:55 pm    


Patrice,

It’s always good for me to hear from parents who have used GGC. As I sit in my quiet house, writing and editing, I wonder, “Who will read what I write? Will it be a blessing to them? Will anyone come to know God in a deeper way because of these books?”

I’m eagerly awaiting NT 1, too. I feel like a pregnant woman overdue and waiting for her child to be born. This “child,” though, took a lot longer than nine months to birth! Thanks again for your encouraging words. I’m told it won’t be long now.

Claire Larsen

July 12th, 2011 at 10:05 pm    


Tammy,

I’m a graduate of Covenant College and learned my reformed, covenantal theology from a very wise man — Dr. John ML Young. Hence, the dedication in front of GGC: OT2. Dr. Young instilled in me a passion for covenant theology. I hope that these texts will do the same for parents and children who use them. I have the opportunity to teach GGC: OT 1 to a Women’s Sunday School class this fall, and I’m hoping that they too will catch the beauty of covenant theology. GGC:NT 1 will be published soon. Though I’ve seen the PDFs online, I am really eager to hold the book in my hand.

Thanks for your encouragement. Any comments you have, let me know. As to teaching different ages … some parents have used GGC: OT 1 for children as old as middle school. Of course, it would be easy for them, but I don’t think boring since there are theological concepts they probably never heard before. The 4th grader could do the work by him/herself, the 2nd grader might need a little help (depending upon the reading of your child), and the little, this little one will learn just from listening and being part of the family studying together. You might even have the 4th grader read some of the parts of the teacher’s book and share what she has learned with the younger ones. Thanks again for using the books and letting me know how excited you are.

One more thing … GGC:OT 2 and GGC:NT 1 are written at a higher level — longer sentences, more complicated vocabulary — a grade level higher. And GGC:NT 1 has a lot of extras so as the 4th grader shouldn’t be bored by the next two books. Starting with GGC:OT 1 is important because the concept of the covenant is introduced, and if a child started with the second book, he/she might lose some of sense of unity and continuity of the Bible narrative and wouldn’t have the benefit of having the terminology explained.

Claire

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