In our family, teaching the Bible is very important and the kids and I really enjoy learning about the Bible together, especially Ashleigh who really enjoys hearing the various stories from the Bible and learns very quickly. However, there were some parts of the Bible that even though we covered the material, I couldn't say we learned it completely. For example, while we covered the 7 days of Creation, we discussed what was created on each days but it wasn't something she could recall. So when we were given the opportunity to review a one-year family subscription to VeritasBible.com from Veritas Press, I knew that it would be right up Ashleigh's alley and I had hopes that it would help fill those gaps.
We opted to review the VeritasBible.com subscription. These are the same lessons offered with the three Veritas Press Self Paced Bible courses. Both the Self Paced courses and the VeritasBible.com subscription covers the same information, however, the grades for the VeritasBible.com activities are not stored by Veritas Press. The program uses multi-sensory techniques to help teach students a comprehensive and thorough understanding of the Bible.
Each section has it's own animated path which changes as you progress through the section. Sections are broken up by main topics of the Bible, such as The Creation, Cain and Abel, Enoch and Methuselah and The Flood. Each of these sections consist of landing circles that indicate a lesson. A flag or banner on the circle indicates that the lesson has been completed making it very easy for younger students to quickly see where to go to continue.
Each lesson for the Genesis to Joshua is taught by brother and sister Asher and Abigail along with their animated companions Teb the Cat and Tizzy the Gnat. The Gospels course is taught by a carpenter named Benjamin as well as his apprentice Jude and Spyro the Dove and Uz the Termite while Kings to Judges is taught by Levi, an inventor, along with Vasko the Frog and Pallu the Badger.
|The Main Characters for Genesis to Joshua- Asher, Abigail, Teb and Tizzy.|
Through their interactions with each other as well as with other friends and family in a series of short video clips, they teach the main point of each section of the Bible. Each lesson takes roughly 30 minutes and is comprised of several video clips as well as interactive activities that help to reinforce the material that is being learned. Some activities also refer back to previous lessons to review past information and make sure the student is still retaining it.
|Activity about the Days of Creation|
|Mapping Activity about the possible locations of the Garden of Eden|
|Activity about Cain and Abel|
Progress for each course is tracked on the student dashboard . This tracking is both by percentage and by the colored "ring" around the course. Again, this makes it great for younger students as they can visually see their progress as the ring progressively gets more color.
Once a lesson is completed, a table of contents for each lesson is available to allow students to go back and review what they have already learned. This is only available once the lesson is complete, however, and shows as being locked out until that section is passed. Students are also not able to skip videos or activities until they have already passed the section which keeps them from fast fowarding through the videos or skipping activities they don't find interesting.
My only complaint about the program is that it can be a tad bit glitchy, especially when using the Google Chrome browser and would constantly flash black, lock up or cause my video card to crash. I did find that the video lessons ran much smoother on the new Microsoft Edge browser and would recommend it if problems arise from using another browser. I did not try it with Mozilla Firefox nor did I try it on any tablets.
We're really enjoyed using VeritasBible.com as our guide through the Bible and look forward to continuing to use it throughout the year.. Also, as this is my first introduction to Veritas Press, I plan on looking into other courses offered by Veritas Press such as their Self Paced American History course as their format seems to be great for Ashleigh and Garrett.
VeritasBible.com offers a free trial (no credit card required) that gives you immediate full access to their program to allow you to try it before you buy it.
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