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If there is one thing I seek to have my boys learn during their formative years, it is a love of God. Incorporated with that is the need to study the Bible. If you do not have a sense of history when it comes to the people of God and Christ’s time on earth, then it is hard to fully embrace your faith.
While I can easily rely on them listening to Scripture each week at Mass, I know that you need to spend time outside of church hearing the Word of God and learning more about it. A homeschool Bible curriculum is the perfect way to address this need.
VeritasBible.com, an Online Homeschool Bible Curriculum
VeritasBible.com takes the content of their self-paced Bible classes and makes it available to the whole family. Each child has their own account to track their progress. Grades from quizzes are NOT saved like you would find in a self-paced course. So, make notes along the way if you want to issue an actual grade. (You can click “print results” and then save that page.) For those of us who wanted content without grading, it isn’t an issue.
The material contains a mixture of short “slides” for each lesson. This includes video narration, animated shorts, activities and quizzes to test retention of information presented. The videos have actors and actresses dressed in period costumes. They act as narrators for the lesson. You will find bits of humor tossed into the mix. It feels more like people having conversations instead of a straight lecture. Animation slides are used for the actual Bible story presentation. Multiple choice quizzes then assess what has been learned.
Make sure to have a Bible handy for the lessons. There are slides which will say to read a particular passage and then walk through the next activity.
The Options for Learning Include:
Old Testament 1: Genesis to Joshua
Old Testament 2: Judges to Kings
New Testament 1: The Gospels
Some Specifics for how VeritasBible.com Works
Once the section is loaded, you will see a white circle. Clicking on it begins the lesson. You can not pick a later lesson which does not have that white circle.
You can open up a table of contents to see where you are in the lesson. The lock indicates sections that have not been done while an open lock means you have completed the section. The contents do not indicate individual ‘slides’, but rather a grouping.
If needed, you can always repeat an unlocked section. Video slides have to be be completed before moving onto the next section.
Most of the slides are under a few minutes so the student is continually having a change in presentation. The system also marks where you left off should you need to end mid-lesson. The bookmark is by the contents and not the actual slide, so be prepared to redo a few things if needed.
Veritas Press has built in the need for students to proceed through the material on a set path. Within each lesson, you have to let videos completely play and some interactive slides (e.g. timelines) need each option shown.
To move from one lesson to the next you need at least one star out of three to proceed. There is no jumping from story to story in a haphazard manner. Rather, you are allowing the timeline to unfold as laid out.
A quick note to those with slower internet connections: I have found it beneficial to start and then pause the video instruction to allow buffering of the segment. You can watch that via the bar at the bottom when it is paused. Then just press play once it is close to finishing. I find the kids are a lot less frustrated when they can watch the video from start to finish without it buffering.
Our Thoughts on VeritasBible.com, an Online Homeschool Bible Curriculum
My youngest son was the primary person using Veritas Bible for the review period. He has spent some time looking over his big brother’s shoulder while videos for Omnibus I and II have run during the past few years. So, he had an idea of what to expect.
Whether it was to be more familiar with the material or just wanting to start a the beginning, J elected to work on the Genesis to Joshua module. Personally, I think kids his age just love revisiting familiar Bible stories like Creation and The Flood. He was so excited to have his own online class like his big brother that he tried to shoo me away to ‘get work done.’
A Mom’s Look at VeritasBible.com
As this is a family account, I set up my own to take a glance at The Gospels. This track pulls from all 4 Gospels to tell the story of Christ from before His birth to His Resurrection. The narrators take time to foreshadow what is to come as well as looking toward the Old Testament for what was prophesied.
I liked the inclusion of vocabulary both spoken in the video and then printed at the bottom of the video. J is a beginning reader, so reading something that quickly won’t happen. However, a slightly older student can read the text while hearing it spoken. Two inputs (heard and read) work together to help it stick.
The ‘games’ throughout the lesson (e.g. matching) are a more gentle approach to assess learning compared to a straight test. And, I like that students (or the parent if they are present) can see what was missed on a quiz. To ‘pass’, you need 70%. With some quizzes having only a few questions, missing just one can lead to a low grade. As we are using this resource for learning without an eye towards a grade, I am less concerned about a grade. Rather, I want to review what they missed to make sure the ‘get’ it.
How do you approach teaching the Bible to your kids?
Does VeritasBible.com appeal to you?
Don’t just take my word for how we found this to be. Visit the online Veritas Press Bible Review post on the Schoolhouse Review Crew website to see what other homeschooling parents thought about this title and other grade level ones.