Veritas Press Self-Paced History: Old Testament and Ancient Egypt {TOS review}

veritas_pressWe reviewed Veritas Press Self-Paced History: Old Testament and Ancient Egypt and Old Testament & Ancient Egypt Flashcards.

Veritas Press started as publishers of history and bible flashcards with the desire to teach biblical history to children in a chronological manner. The company has since grown to provide students with a grammar curriculum for a Classical education and have introduced their history online through the Veritas Press Self-Paced Omnibus 1 and the Veritas Press Self-Paced History courses.

There are five self-paced courses from which to choose that include:

Veritas Press Self-Paced History: Old Testament and Ancient Egypt with the Old Testament & Ancient Egypt Flashcards;

Veritas Press Self-Paced History: New Testament, Greece and Rome with the New Testament, Greece & Rome Flashcards;

Veritas Press Self-Paced History: Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation with the Middle Ages, Ren & Ref Flashcards;

Veritas Press Self-Paced History: Explorers to 1815 with the Explorers to 1815 Flashcards; and

Veritas Press Self-Paced History: 1815 to Present with the 1815 to Present Flashcards.

You may click on any of the above links to learn more about the individual courses or see sample sessions of several lessons within each course.

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We had the opportunity to review the the Veritas Press Self-Paced History courses, which brings history to life through their interactive and chronologically presented online program that uses flashcards and videos. Access to the online program and the flashcards are all the student needs for the history lesson.

I enjoy history, which I believe is an interest I acquired from my mother. All of my children love learning about history too, but we have relied on reading living history books for much of what they have learned over the years.

It was difficult to make a decision of where to start in the Veritas Press history timeline, because all of the periods look quite interesting. I stepped back from making a decision and allowed River, who would be working through the course, to make the decision. I am glad that I did and was even more pleased when he too wanted to start from the beginning. So, that took us back in time and we reviewed the Old Testament and Ancient Egypt Self-Paced online course.

One of the great aspects of the course is that, you don’t have to teach. I enjoy the hands-on homeschool experience, but for many mommies (sometimes me), the lack of time prevents me from presenting thorough lessons, because of that reason.

The Self-Paced History course is geared towards students in the second (or seven years-old) through sixth grades. Although River is at the higher end of that range, there was enough interest for him and he was immediately drawn to the presentation of the material.

What makes Veritas Press Self-Paced History courses different is the interactivity. Not only is the student listening to the lesson being taught, he is seeing real people walk and talk him through history; in period clothes at that. Your student is being entertained and he is also learning. History is not just words on a page, but it is a personally guided and “live” experience.

Veritas Press promotes a Classical Education, but your school does not have to be designated that way to benefit and enjoy the historical offerings of the program. Although we lean a little towards Classical, we have not defined our school in that manner. What you can expect from the course is an excellent history lesson that is tied to the bible. If you follow a Classical education, then Veritas Press Self-Paced History will fit perfectly into your curriculum.

Veritas Press Self-Paced History: Old Testament and Ancient Egypt covers 32 important historical events over 160 class periods. The lessons are taught with tools like memorization of dates and places; games; and an interactive presentation of the lessons, which is where my children had the most fun. When I previewed the lessons, the historical characters that interact with the students seemed a bit silly to me, but from them, you learn quite a bit of information.

Although learning the historical events in chronological order is important, none of the courses are a prerequisite for the other, so your student may begin his history lesson by taking any one of the five courses in any order.

veritas_press02Flashcards are suggested for each course and are available for $19.95. I would advise that you purchase them, because they give your child a physical and visual aid for noting the different events that they cover through the course. Some of the events include Creation from Genesis 1 through Genesis 2 and Cain and Abel from Genesis 4 in the bible. Other cards continue to walk the student through the fall of Egypt to Rome. The flashcards include a descriptive picture of the noted event on one side and details about the event as well as resources for learning more on the backside.

I like the Christ-centered focus in the lessons. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve started from the beginning of the Old Testament with hope of making it to the end of that section of the bible. Shamefully, a lot of what I “know” of the Old Testament is what I’ve been told by a pastor while I’ve sat in a church pew.

The history covered in the curriculum is something that may benefit you as a teacher. Since another is teaching the lesson, there is an opportunity for you to sit back and take it all in with your bible in hand.

Any form of instruction involving electronics interests River. So, Veritas Press Self-Paced Historyveritas_press03 courses already have that going for them. Besides that, the history that is covered (as most any history) really grabbed his attention and brought the readings he has done in the bible to life. River is actually more knowledgeable about the early history of the bible than am I, so I probably learned more than he did only, because he already knew a lot of the information.

He was able to pull himself away from the computer and enjoyed reading through the flashcards, which he did in one sitting. He wanted to see what was going to be covered. Whenever an event that was listed on a flashcard was covered, he pulled the card out for review.

A Historical Fiction Reading Schedule is also included that includes suggested reading to be covered throughout the program. It provides a great outline for the teacher to know during what lesson a flashcard will be used and also reading material to have in time for the lesson that will be covered.

The online lessons are about 30 minutes each, but since the course is self-paced, your student may choose to complete one lesson a day or depending upon time and interest complete more than one.

River’s self-pace was one lesson a day, three days a week. Memorization is key and he was able to memorize many of the historical events that are presented. Students complete an exam at the end of every five lessons. The teacher has access to the backend that lets them know the progress of the student, which can be helpful if your student is taking the course for a grade. If you have an arts and crafts type of child, then the hands-on projects may be of interest.

You may see the system requirements or test your computer now that pretty much accommodate current systems unless you have a computer with an extremely old version of operating system. We experienced better performance using Google Chrome.

Veritas Press also offers the Self-Paced Omnibus I, which is geared towards students grade seven (12 years-old) and up.

Your registration in the course gives the student access to the material for one year.

I think the program has a lot to offer a student, but for now, the price per student is a bit too high for our family. If you are able to afford the price, then your student will have access to quality and thorough history lessons through that one year.

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Veritas Press Self-Paced History: Old Testament and Ancient Egypt is available for $199 for one year with a sibling discount at a fee of $100 per student.

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You can read more reviews of this item by fellow crew members on The Homeschool Crew Blog.


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