Cat & Dog Theology - Grade K-2
Our price: $80.95
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.
The Cat and Dog Theology K-2 curriculum set is a one- to two-year course designed to teach your children what godly obedience looks like while also introducing them to global missions. This simplified introduction to Cat and Dog Theology uses two coloring cartoon books (one for obedience inside the home and one for obedience outside the home) that illustrate the extremes of behavior, sly and cunning disobedience or enthusiastic obedience that brings God glory. In conjunction with the coloring books, Cat and Dog Theology K-2 includes a collection of short stories, I Heard Good News Today, that features stories of faithful Christian men and women spreading the gospel across the world. Short read-alouds, these 93 stories are perfect for reading to your children while they color the cartoons. Also included is a CD, Adventures in Missions, that features true stories of missionaries doing extraordinary work in the Muslim world. And, of course, The Parent's Guidebook that explains the program and lays out both a 1-year and a two-year schedule is included.
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 & 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.
Really didn't care for these. I think the premise is cute for adults, but my daughter is allergic to both cats and dogs so she doesn't understand the joke about cats being snotty and dogs being agreeable. She's also rather terrified of dogs as they tend to jump on her and lick her face, so she doesn't really see them as the "good guys." It's also very "do's and don't's oriented," which I understand how important Godly character formation is in young children, but it seems like it is starting them on the path of legalism. This is the worst part of my homeschool day. Which makes me feel like one of the naughty cats in the cartoon!
I was really excited about this product when we purchased it. But it ended up being a bit of a let down. The cartoons are a great way of helping to teach the kids about how we should behave, but sometimes you can only do so much with the "discussion" questions at the top of the page, and I've had to pull out some bible verses myself. And the "Good News" book is full of awesome stories about missionaries, but only a handful are related to the cartoon for the assigned day on the 1 year plan. Using this has turned into a 2-3 minute discussion about how we should act, then a 30 minute coloring session while I read a short 4-5 minute story to my kids. We changed things around and paired the cartoons with a different book on parenting with scripture that my sister gave us, and only occasionally read the missionary stories. My kids do LOVE the CD that comes with it though! We listen to the stories whenever we go on a semi-long ride.