Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A Review of the Self-Paced Bible by Veritas Press

One of the primary reasons we chose to homeschool our kids was and still is to insure that they have a strong Christian foundation and because of this I am always on the lookout for curriculum about the Bible.  A Bible curriculum is exactly what we found when we recently had the chance to review the Self-Paced Bible, Old Testament 2: Judges to Kings from Veritas Press.  This Bible curriculum is packed full of facts, dates, places, and more for your student to learn.
Old and New Testament Online Self-Paced Bible Veritas Review
Veritas Press is a company that was developed as homeschool parents saw the need for a better Classical Christian Curriculum.  They researched many products that were on the market when they were homeschooling their children and became convinced they wanted to teach history chronologically with the Bible integrated into recorded history.  They started developing their products based on the fact that they wanted their children to know the relationship between what they study in "history books" and what they read in the Bible.  Veritas Press has grown tremendously since they started their journey and they now offer many curriculum choices, online classes, and even the Veritas Press Scholars Academy.
We received a 12 month subscription to the Self-Paced Bible, Old Testament 2 Judges to King from Veritas Press to review.  This  online Self-Paced Bible course has 128 lessons that cover 32 major events from the book of Judges through Second Kings.  It helps students learn about the early years of the people of Israel to the exile to Babylon.  It features music to memorize the chronology of the events that take place during this time period.  It also uses memory tools for names, dates, and places of this portion of the Bible.  The course features activities, projects, worksheets, and tests.  It uses real people dressed as characters to tell the stories of the Bible.  Students get to know young Levi along with his friends and family who help him tell the stories from Judges to Kings.
Little Miss was excited to work on this online Bible course from Veritas Press.  I thought this would be a good opportunity for her to learn more about the Old Testament and the time period of the Judges.  We haven't spent a lot of time going over this area of the Bible prior to receiving this course to review.  Once I got her logged in and ready to go, all she had to do was click the launch button to go into the lessons.  The lessons usually started with a video featuring the main character Levi.  She was glued to the screen to hear what he was telling her and to see who would be in the video with him.  Sometimes it was members of his family with him or friends and sometimes the videos featured Levi's animal friends.  After she watched the videos then she got to work on activities, questions, worksheets and test depending on how far she was in the lesson.  The course automatically keeps track of where you left off and it also automatically grades everything which was nice because we didn't have to try to remember where she was at in the course.  Little Miss worked through several lessons of this Self-Paced Bible course.
Little Miss really enjoyed meeting the characters and thought that Levi was funny.  The videos captured her attention and she enjoyed watching them.  The games were fun for her, but she did struggle with them a little bit.  The struggle was not the game itself, that part she understood, but the struggle was using the keyboard to play the game as she doesn't get to play on the computer a lot so she kept hitting wrong keys.  Then she would run out of time and have to play the game again until she got through it.  She also liked the memory song about the Judges and was working really hard to learn it.  I have heard her humming it throughout the day.  Little Miss liked the review questions that were included in the lessons as they were fun and colorful.  She did not do as well on the worksheets as I hoped she would.  She would forget some of the information she learned because she didn't focus as hard on remembering the information she was being taught as she did on the characters.  She is so used to other programs that will let her try again to get answers right that she just assumed that this one did that too, but it did not.  It only grades the first time you do the worksheet so if you get a lot wrong, you get a bad grade.  Once the worksheet is graded you can go back and complete it again for practice, but it does not give you a new grade.  So Little Miss was a little frustrated that according to the grade she sees on her dashboard she is failing this course.  I had to remind her that even though her grade was not good, she was still learning and this was a new subject area for her.

 Overall we really liked the Self-Paced Bible, Old Testament 2: Judges to Kings from Veritas Press.  I think that it is a very thorough Bible curriculum and there is A LOT to be learned from it. I really liked how easy it was to use and how easy it was to navigate their dashboards in the student and parent sections.  I appreciated how interactive and fun it is because Little Miss didn't even complain that she had to work on school when I asked her to do her lessons.  She just ran to the computer.  After letting Little Miss work through some of the lessons on her own, I found she focused better when I sat down with her.  Even though you can't get a new grade on worksheets and tests after you initially take them, I found Little Miss did better when we worked through a lesson twice.  I am not sure if she just wasn't focused the first time or if it is just because it is new information for her.  We worked completely through 5 of the lessons in the review period and she started on the 6th lesson only working about 3 days a week on this.  She would have been further along if we had not went back to review some of the beginning lessons.  We will definitely continue to work our way through this course because I really want to see Little Miss complete it.  We definitely recommend this product and I will be checking out their other Self-Paced Bible courses for future use after we finish this one.
Like I mentioned earlier, Veritas Press has several products that they offer including several other Self-Paced Bible courses.  These courses come with a 60 Day Money Back Guarantee and you can view sample lessons on their website.  You can find out more about Veritas Press on their website and you can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and  Instagram.  You can find the Self-Paced Bible course we used here.  Please go and check them out.  Also be sure to check out the reviews from my friends on the Schoolhouse Review Crew by clicking the banner below.  This time we were reviewing several of their products so you don't want to miss these reviews.
Old and New Testament Online Self-Paced Bible Veritas Review

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