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Discovery Of Deduction Review

Can people follow your logic?  Do you have a convincing argument?  Are you persuasive?  Do you know how to communicate your ideas and convictions in a clear and understandable way?  Would you like your kids to have the communication skills and be able to understand how to clearly and persuasively, communicate their reasons, beliefs, convictions, in a way that others will understand and perhaps agree with them?  Would you like your children to be able to decifer the arguments of others, and know if they are true, false, debatable, or ambiguious? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you might want to look into the Logic curriculum series by Classic Academic Press.

The Discovery Of Deduction is a formal logic course by Classic Academic Press that will explain the form or structure of an argument, and how an argument it is put together.  Logic is a method of reasoning or arguing.  There are two types of logic.  One is informal logic and deals with language and ideas.  The other is formal logic and deals with deduction, form, abstracts, and symbols.  Deduction in logic is the process of reasoning and reaching a conclusion that resulted from a specific set of information.  

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The Discovery Of Deduction course has a Student Workbook which retails for $26.95 and a Teacher’s Edition that retails for $29.95.  It is also written in e-book format for use on the Kindle and iPad.  This course is written for students in 8th grade and above.

The student workbook is a very large book of 324 pages, plus additional pages for note taking.   You can view a free sample of Chapter 1 and also download the suggested 1 semester and 1 year schedule that completes the course in either 18 weeks (90 days), or 36 weeks (180 days). You can adjust the schedule to meet your own needs and complete the course faster or slower as you see fit.  


The student workbook is divided into 4 Units and includes 9 Chapters. 
Unit I:  Introduction 
        Chapter 1 Introduction to Formal Logic
        Chapter 2 A Brief History Of Logic
        Chapter 3 Formal Logic and the Three Acts of the Mind

Unit II:  Propositions and Their Relationships
        Chapter 4  Translating Propositions into Categorical Form
        Chapter 5  Relationships of Opposition
        Chapter 6  Relationships of Equivalence

Unit III:  Categorical Symbolisms
        Chapter 7 The Syllogism Introduced
        Chapter 8  Determining The Validity of Syllogisms

Unit IV: Terms and Definitions
        Chapter 9  Definitions and Disagreements

The Teacher’s Edition is also a huge book of 351 pages.  It includes the entire student text, answers to all of the questions, teaching helps, sample essays, dialogues, and arguments.  You can view a free sample and try it out before you buy.    


My son is 12 years old and in the 6th grade. He is a little younger than the recommended age for this course, but he is able to read and understand it.  We are progressing a little slower than the recommended schedule because he is younger.  Instead of completing the course in the suggested 36 weeks, we are stretching the schedule out and will finish in a year and a half, hopefully by the end of May of 2014, though we may get it done sooner.  I am letting my son lead the way and proceed at his pace.  I am learning right along with him.   I took one year of philosophy in college. This is a good refresher course for me.  I find the material challenging and I am learning new insights too.   I hope to share more about this process in a future story as we continue to work through the curriculum.  I am very thankful for the Teache
r’s Edition as it helps me guide both of us through this curriculum and answer our questions.  I definitely would encourage families to get the Teachers Edition when they order this course.  Having the answers to the questions and samples of essays are invaluable.

Logic is normally a course young adults take in college, but Classic Academic Press has written this course to be used by students in junior high and above. Last year we had the opportunity to review Art Of Argument curriculum also in this series, and it is a wonderful product too.   It is recommended to start your student with Art of Argument and learn about informal logic before progressing on to learning about formal logic.

Be sure to check out what other Schoolhouse Crew members had to say about products they have used from Classic Academic Press.


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Who Is God In The Bible?

We have been blessed again to review another great homeschool product created by Classical Academic Press.  I continue to be impressed with the quality of Classical Academic Press curriculum materials.  They maintain a consistent focus, and each of their products are:
            Classical (rich, traditional subjects that equips kids with master skills),
            Creative (engaging, games, stories, animations, to enhance the learning
            Relevant (products that connect kids needs with their curiosity and 
            interests and enables them to communicate those areas effectively 
            through writing, debating, and more), and 
            Easy to Use (clear instructions, review of information learned, 
            supplemental materials and online help).

I am especially thrilled with their bible curriculum series called God’s Great Covenant. This is a four year bible curriculum and is designed to be used with elementary aged students from 2nd grade through 6th grade.   The four curriculums in this series are: 
                              God’s Great Covenant  Old Testament 1
                        God’s Great Covenant  Old Testament 2
                        God’s Great Covenant New Testament 1
                        God’s Great Covenant New Testament 2

We are currently using  God’s Great Covenant, OldTestament Book One.  Last year we used God’s Great Covenant, New Testament Book One also in this same series.  We also have reviewed other products from Classical Academic Press including the logic / debate curriculum Art of Argument and will soon be reviewing another logic course called the The Discovery of Deduction.   Honestly, I have put together a long wish list of quality curriculum from the Classical Academic Press catalogue that I would like to use with my children.



That is the very question God’s Great Covenant sets out to help your child answer in God’s Great Covenant, Old Testament One.   Over the course of 32 weeks, your child will gain a deeper understanding of who God is, who man is, and the covenant God has made with man.   From page 9 of the book, The Bible tells you God’s story. It has many parts, but from beginning to end it’s one story. In this story God made a promise, saying, “I will be your God, and you will be My people.”  


The Student Textbook is a big book.  It has large print, big pictures, and is written at a 2nd grade reading level for ease of use, and it is designed for elementary age students in grades 2nd-6th grade.  It is divided into 241 pages.  It retails for $22.95.  


The Teacher’s Edition contains all of the information in the student text, plus answer keys to all the worksheets, reviews, and quizzes, teaching helps and notes to teachers and parents in each chapter, and large areas to write your own notes and ideas as you go along.  The Teacher’s Edition retails for $24.95 .   

The course is available on MP3 Audio for $9.95  and supplemental Maps and Time lines are also available for $32.95 and greatly enhance the learning.    The whole Bundle of
mentioned is available at a discount for $79.95 .   

You can download a FREE  40 page sample of the first five chapters and see for yourself what a great curriculum resource this is.  It is intended to be used for about 20 minutes on a daily basis, 5 days a week, for 32 weeks. 

Our Experience


Being homeschoolers, we are flexible and adjust the curriculum to fit the needs of our homeschool, doing the lessons faster or slower as needed.   I used this curriculum with all my school aged children in grades 6th, 4th, 2nd, K, and Pre-K.  We worked on the book daily for 30 minutes or more through out the week. 

The lessons are short, straight to the point, and are easy to navigate through.  We started the week off with memorizing the focus scripture.  Next, we alternated between listening to the audio MP3  and following along, and other days my 6th grader read the text to the rest of the kids, and everyone took turns answering the review questions.  The MP3 is a very nice resource with this course.   I hope to purchase the additional maps and timeline for the course as I have heard many other homeschoolers talk about what a wonderful addition these are.  I would love to make a display on a wall in my home with these resources.

Each chapter has a lesson plan summary on the first page:
                Lesson Scope
                Read To Me (scripture)
                Memory Verse
                Key Facts
                Things To Remember
                Who Is God?

Each chapter has 4 sections coded at the top of the page, making it easy for the student to follow and work independently if desired.  These sections include:
                Memory Page
                Review Worksheets


Here are the “story of God” chapters in each unit of God’s Great Covenant, Old Testament One.


Unit I: In the Beginning – God’s Power. 

God shows His power by speaking all of creation into existence.  Because of man’s sin, He barred mankind from the garden of Eden where He walked and fellowshipped with them.   Eventually the world became so wicked that He judged the world with a catastrophic flood to wash the sinfulness of man away.  At the same time, the power of His love, and His mercy, and His redemptive plan secured man’s future existence.

                Chapter 1  Creation Of The World
                Chapter 2  Creation Of Man
                Chapter 3  The Fall
                Chapter 4  The Flood And The Tower
                Chapter 5  Looking Backwards / Looking Ahead

Unit II: By the Patriarchs – God’s Promises.

The Lord God chose Abram out of the city of Ur, and sent him on an amazing journey. Through the covenant, the Lord gave Abram (later called Abraham) three promises: to give him a land, to make him the father of many nations, and to bless the world through him. These promises, and God’s faithfulness to keep the promises, form the foundation for the rest of God’s story.

                Chapter  6  The Call Of Abraham
                Chapter  7  The Sacrifice of Isaac
                Chapter  8   Jacob A Changed Man
                Chapter  9   Joseph The Dreamer
                Chapter 10 Joseph The Ruler
                Chapter 11 Looking Backwards / Looking Ahead

Unit III: Out of Egypt – God’s Redemption.

In God’s mind, rescuing Israel from Egypt was more than saving the Israelites from slavery. The Lord God was redeeming Israel from sin and renewing the covenant He had made with Abraham. Despite their sin, the Lord desired to dwell with His people and bless them.

                Chapter 12  The Call of Moses
                Chapter 13  The Ten Plagues
                Chapter 14  The Exodus
                Chapter 15  Provision in the Wilderness
                Chapter 16  Giving of the Law
                Chapter 17  Israel’s Idolatry
                Chapter 18  Looking Backwards / Looking Ahead

Unit IV: Through the Wilderness – God’s Provision.

In the harshness of the Sinai wilderness the Lord God showed His people that His care for them was perfect. Even though they grumbled, complained, and refused to trust Him, God was completely trustworthy and never ceased to take care of them.

                Chapter 19  Building Of The Tabernacle
                Chapter 20  Departure from Mt. Sinai
                Chapter 21  The Spies Explore Canaan
                Chapter 22  Life in the Wilderness
                Chapter 23  Preparation to Enter Canaan
                Chapter 24  Looking Backwards / Looking Ahead

Unit V: In the Promised Land – God’s Faithfulness.

After conquering Canaan, Israel entered into the dark years when everyone did “what was right in his own eyes.” Even though Israel repeatedly turned away from the Lord, He always heard their cries for mercy and delivered them from the oppression of their enemies.

                Chapter 25  Entering Canaan
                Chapter 26  Conquest of Canaan
                Chapter 27  The Judges
                Chapter 28  The Stories of Deborah and Gideon
                Chapter 29  The Story of Samson
                Chapter 30  The Story Of Ruth
                Chapter 31  The story of Job
                Chapter 32  Looking Backwards / Looking Ahead

The back of the student book contains a memory verse list organized for each chapter, a glossary, a summary of who God is as explained in each chapter, Word Banks, maps of Abraham’s journeys, Israel’s journey in the wilderness, and a tribal division map, and more.  


This is a very nice, easy to use, beginner level bible course that follows God’s story chronologically in the scriptures, and answers the question “Who Is God“?  This course would be great for homeschools, Sunday schools, Christian schools, bible studies, family bible time, and personal devotions and study.  Be sure to check it out when planning your biblical curriculum studies.  You can check out the link here for a suggested sample schedule for working through the course and see how it would fit for your homeschool and bible study.

Be sure to visit the Schoolhouse Review Crew to see what other homeschool families thought of this product.


Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

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