Cat & Dog Theology - Grade 2-4
You’ve read a mountain of parenting books, and the best ones are not only engaging, but inspiring as well. However, many of the best, while stirring your soul, muddle your mind. What you want is a how-to book, but not one that leads to a household of self-righteous, pharisaical children. How do you teach your children the right thing to do, without them thinking their righteous deeds are enough? Cat and Dog Theology is the place to start. Cat and Dog Theology has been developed to help children both ponder their relationship with God and understand the importance of living a life that glorifies Him, or as the curriculum states, a life that makes God famous.
Cat and Dog Theology utilizes the recognized aloofness of cats to cast them as the self-centered villains in this curriculum. Dogs on the other hand, with their relentless desire to please their owners, are the heroes. Every lesson will have your child asking himself if he is more cat-like, living to please himself or more dog-like, living to please God.
Cat and Dog Theology Grades 2-4 is a one-year program and is divided into 30 weeks with three 10- to 15-minute lessons per week. In this level, your children will learn to make God famous by obeying, respecting adults, having a servant attitude, and more. Every time your child chooses God’s way instead of his own, he glorifies God. Every time he chooses to ignore God’s way it will be for his own glory.
The main component of Cat and Dog Theology Grades 2-4 is the Attitudes Workbook that features drawing and coloring activities, memory verse copywork, short answer reflection questions, and more. Also included is I Heard Good News Today 2: Big Life, with 65 true stories of God's power and grace; The Parent's Guidebook containing instructions for each of the ninety lessons with scripted questions; 102 Differences Between Cats and Dogs featuring cartoons that help children see the practical difference between God-centered and self-centered lifestyle; and Because He Liked It! a humorous collection of 101 glimpses into the unique attributes of animals that reflects the glory of God.
Cat and Dog Theology does an unprecedented job of helping your children to care about the glory of God, and enabling them to understand the motivations behind both their right and wrong behaviors. Cat and Dog Theology is the most God-centered, God-glorifying character curriculum we have seen. However, we also recommend accompanying it with a Gospel-rich Bible resource, so that as your children perceive more of the sin in their lives, they can know the only true Solution to their sin problem. Find our top recommendations here.
Author: Elise Sjogren, Bob Sjogren, Gerald Robison, Bob Drost, Cornelia Lehn, Charissa Roberson
Publisher's Age Recommendation: 2nd-4th Grade
This is user friendly and easy to add to any homeschool schedule. My children love the stories and how it relates to everyone and everyday situations.
My 8 year old daughter absolutely loves this course! It is easy to follow along to, the stories are engaging, the cartoons are funny. We both are learning so much! The only thing about this course that we do not care for is the music.
We bought this curriculum for my 3rd and 4th grade students. It is wonderful! There are several pieces to the curriculum. The whole theme is based on a cat and dog comic book that ties into every aspect of the curriculum. The teacher's guide is clear and requires almost zero prep to start. Every day is a little different and on the days that the kids have a long lesson, about real-life missionaries, they have a coloring page to complete. It's so complimentary to have an activity that they can do while hearing the long story. There are memory verses every week and a fun book about science facts that point to God's glory and "making Him famous". The theology could cross over many denominations as the point they are driving home is that God is worth being worshiped and everything in the world points us to Him. I don't think it would work for younger children but I do think this would be good for up to 6th grade because the mission stories are riveting and even I enjoy finding out what might happen next. My favorite takeaways: no prep required, fun and engaging, memory verses that are relevant, engaging stories, and most importantly it's biblically sound.