We LOVE history! Every one of us. It is with such excitement that we signed up to review Veritas Press Self-Paced History courses from Veritas Press. There are a number of classes to choose from; my oldest son chose:
Veritas Press Self-Paced History: Explorers to 1815. We were also given the 1815 to Present Flashcards which go along with the course. For my son, these were quite helpful as we have gone along in the course, I might add. 🙂
Veritas Press is amazing! This company seeks to provide a classical Christian education for homeschool students.Their method is that of the Trivium: dialectic, rhetoric and grammar. The Latin word “trivium” means “three roads.These three roads, if you will, are seen to be the three skills they which give them the fundamental tools needed for life.Learning progresses for each subject through these three steps of development. First is the grammar or knowledge of the subject — the facts, the who, what, where and when. The second is, the logic or understanding of the subject — the theory, the why. Third, is the rhetoric or wisdom of the subject — the practice, the how. In this way, the student can teach himself anything.
The Veritas Press Self-Paced History consists of five separate courses. Each course has 160 class periods and 32 historical events that are taught. The courses feature video lessons that are quite interactive, there are lots of fun games to reinforce the learning, and the videos are so very engaging (even to my 2 and 4 year old)! We love that there is a timeline that is completed as they finish each class period being taught to them. There are maps, and puzzles, paintings and other visuals from history (talk about making it come alive!) and even a very catchy memory song! I really wanted to be able to post a video of my daughter (she is 2) singing along but she is getting bashful … sigh
There are five courses available:
*Veritas Press Self-Paced History: Old Testament and Ancient Egypt
*Veritas Press Self-Paced History: New Testament, Greece and Rome
*Veritas Press Self-Paced History: Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation
*Veritas Press Self-Paced History: Explorers to 1815
*Veritas Press Self-Paced History: 1815 to Present
The tuition per course is $199 and they offer a $100 discount to siblings. The course is available for 12 months from the date of registration. These courses are designed for grades 2 to 6 with the prerequisite that your child be at least the age of 7 by the time their course begins. You can view sample lessons here.
The Veritas Press Self-Paced History program is online, and it is really very easy to use. My oldest son started out right away and shortly after all three were gathered about the computer. Unfortunately we did not have the flashcards available to us right away (It took a few weeks for them to arrive~sigh) but my son did just fine without them. In fact it actually became a way of starting notebooking with him. As we went along, he wrote down some of the dates and events, the names and places. In fact the further we got into this course, the harder it was to pull him away. He wanted to do the next one and the next one. While I would typically let him, these are so great, and there is so much to learn, too much in one day can be not so good. But the enthusiasm with which he (and my younger ones even) worked on this; it was refreshing to see~ that love for learning really beginning to come to life!
We started with Prince Henry the Navigator and are currently working through The First Great Awakening. There are 32 lessons in all; each one revolving around the history of America and the explorers along with all the adventures they had along the way. There are five lessons within each topic, with games and quizzes and puzzles built in along the way to help cement those important details to the student’s mind. You can go back and review previous lessons too. We did this with a couple of them ourselves due to my son’s struggles with focus; now and then getting distracted by things around the house. His retention is quite good but at the same time there were days he would do more than he should have; maybe he would not be attending to his task as much as he could have. And this gets graded so, in some ways, I think its a good lesson for him to learn now, being able to see a grade go up or down based on quality of work (or quantity some days).
The characters are lively, silly and fun as they educate the student, all in historical costume too! This is such a “living” way to learn history !! 🙂 I love how it really brings you in, its an experience and not just a dry boring class. A chronological timeline is being taught, at the same time Biblical history and the Scriptures are being shown together. Our children see God’s hand in every little thing they are learning. It teaches ever bit of history in a way that gives them a strong, sure Biblical worldview.
My boys both really enjoyed how, peppered within the lessons, there were things like this. As each image is clicked on, there were things they were taught about the purpose of each totem. Both boys loved the totem poles and how colorful they were! The cultural lessons learned in relation to the Native Americans was especially neat as we have a great Aunt who has many stories of her experiences with the Native American community and this really makes it even more real for my son. There were quite a few other slides, like the What Else Was Happening? slide, which explained other events in history that occurred at the time of the event being taught. Many of the slides like this really piqued my son’s interest because he was able to relate this history, to his life and compare experiences.
I have seen so much more creative play with my children, since we began this course. My oldest son has been mining for gold in our yard ( he has a collection of fool’s gold right now haha) and he and his siblings love to use laundry tubs and big boxes to pretend they are Cabot, Magellan, and Coronado (their favorites right now) to explore the different parts of the world. They now have little compasses, draw their own maps (treasure maps too) and binoculars so they can “navigate the seas.” My son wants to be a Spanish explorer when he grows up now. He says ‘those guys are awesome” Its an enthusiasm I love to see!!!! haha
As I am sure you can guess, I LOVE this one. As do my children~ I do wish we would have purchased the Literature Kit (its optional but I tend to hoard books so…). There are 3 kits to choose from: Level 1 is for grades 2-3, Level 2 for grades 4-6, and there is also a combination kit for Levels 1 and 2, perfect for a family with children who are studying at different levels. There is also a historical fiction reading schedule which corresponds to each lesson. We are going to be reading through these ourselves; part of my son’s summer reading challenge! Lots of good “non-twaddle” for a young mind.
On so many levels this is a wonderful experience; a program that is a great blessing! It is not just about those dusty old books and dates, there is so much more to enjoy as we learn about these famous times and figures in history. It’s alive. And it is inspiring to young minds!! It is a bit expensive for us, I admit, but the rewards that I am seeing already, it is not a waste of time or money. We shall all be made stronger in our faith. ❤
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