For me it has been hard to find a good, solid history program that would keep my son intrigued. I was truly blessed with being able to review Veritas Press, which has self paced online classes. The class we choose was Self Paced History: Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation. Along with the online course I also received Middle Ages, Ren & Ref Flashcards , which are reference cards to use along with the online course.
The Self Paced History: Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation class students work at their own pace which covers 32 important events during that time period. This class really amazes me as each lesson has videos of actors and talking characters that talk about the important events during the time period. There is online quizzes, tests, and games. You have to pay attention to where things are as they test your geography skills at times of what you learned. There is also a 5 minutes song that is played in each lesson so that students can memorize famous names, dates, places and events. The theory behind the son is that students gain a tool of understanding how God is working today and what He has done during the past.
In this course you learn everything from Saint Augustine to John Knox in Scotland. This is a very fascinating time period.
The class itself it $199.00. The recommend age is 7 and up.
The Reference cards are $19.95.
I used this self paced class with my son. My son loves the Middle Ages and I figured it would be a great place to start. We did a lesson a day. It took us anywhere between 30 – 60 minutes. Before class we would pull out the reference cards we had been using and review it. You will also use them during the lessons as well.
I should also mention that there is a literature kit you can purchase that is optional to go along with the course. I didn’t purchase it but I am seriously considering as I have been finding the time period very fascinating and you learn more about the characters as well. For example: Saint Augustine.
We really liked the actors and the characters in the video. I found it to be very informative and it kept my son intrigued. There are even times we laughed. It kept things light and fun. The maps kept us on our game as some we memorized really easy and others that took us a while.
We took extra notes as the first time we took the test my son bombed it. I was sitting right along with him when he did this and I don’t’ think I would have scored very well either.
I also like that kids can play a game as well as it breaks up the learning but is also a good review tool. For example, there was a soccer game and you had to answer the questions correctly or the computer would get a point. The point would be a score and it would be harder to beat the computer. Once all the questions were answered you had to protect the ball from computer scoring. The only thing I wish we could do is when you get farther along and you already know how to play the game that you could fast forward through the instructions directly to the start of the quiz.
The memorization song my son didn’t really care for. I think it was more so the music and the voice singing. My daughter on the other hand absolutely loved it and she wasn’t even doing the course with us. She would come in and dance all around. Even though my son didn’t care for this, I feel that it is a valuable learning tool. The song is in every lesson. The more you listen to it the more you memorize it, which means you have important dates and events memorized.
I really do think the reference cards make a great addition. It highlights important information during that part of the lesson you are working on. It also gives you book references to use for additional learning. Some we have and others we don’t. I plan on getting some from the library to use along with the rest of the course.
My son really enjoyed the games as well as it was great review and just a little added fun into a history class.
Veritas Press has really impressed me with the online history class. It has been fun for us to learn and it kept my son very intrigued and wanting to learn more.
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