Sunday, October 1, 2017

Review - First Catechism

 The following is a homeschool review of "First Catechism," obtained by Christian Liberty Press:

Booklet:  "First Catechism: Teaching Children Bible Truths"
Publisher: Great Commission Publications.
Paperback, 38 pages.

This is an adorable little book that children will enjoy. The few illustrations are perfect for this age group (kindergarten and up).

The book contains 150 brief questions and answers that are simple to follow.  The format is derived from the 1840 "Catechism for the Young" by Joseph P. Engels.  It has been simplified for young children and made very clear and easy to follow.

Here are a few samples of the questions and answers:

Question 1:  "Who made you?"
Answer:  "God."

Question 76:  "How many commandments did God give on Mount Sinai?"
Answer:  "Ten commandments."

Question 102: "What does the eighth commandment teach you?"
Answer: "Not to take anything that belongs to someone else."

This book can be used in whatever way you, as the parent, feel is best for your family. You might find some of the questions and answers harder for smaller children to understand.  Or the questions might bring confusion to children of today, which would require a great deal of discussion.

Personally, I would pick and choose the questions that I think my students would benefit from most, and use Bible reading, family worship, and church lessons to teach the rest.

Overall though, it is a very cute book that could be a great resource in your home teaching.  You could also use it to quiz older children who would very much enjoy getting the answers correct.

You can find this book at the Christian Liberty Press site:

First Catechism

  This post is the eighth in a series of reviews I am doing using Christian Liberty Press curriculum.  I hope to do 2 reviews each month as I work with my grandson for Kindergarten. To start with the first post, please see the introduction:

"24 Years of Homeschooling with Christian Liberty Press"

* Disclosure - I received this item for review purposes.*