Hooked on History

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Before we learned about Veritas Press’ self-paced history, we did not enjoy history at all and honestly we felt it was just a bunch of boring memorization about wars and dates. We simply did it because we felt it was a requirement, but my boys enjoyed it about as much as taking Robitussin, the infamous ‘red medicine’.

Now, history is my kid’s favorite subject, at least for the younger two who are still doing this particular curriculum. They all agreed that this should be the first course that I reviewed as it is the unquestionable leader. I have recommended this to more families than I can count, and I have never heard anything but praise from my friends.

First and foremost, let’s cover the basics:

  • It requires ZERO parental involvement. Everything is done online, including grading and record keeping. AMEN to that!

-If Internet protection is a concern, we highly recommend a program called Covenant Eyes.

  • Veritas uses highly engaging visual and audio resources to deliver the content of each lesson.  This dramatically increases comprehension and makes learning fun. It is so much fun, you will be telling your child that they cannot do any more history until they complete all of their other subjects!

-Do you remember all of those dates that you were required to memorize in school? Well, I sure don’t. My kids do though! This curriculum teaches the timeline in a sequential way through a song. My kids can still sing their songs from previous years. According to Medical Daily, scientists have proven that music is stored in a different part of the brain. Researchers have even seen patients who lose all of their memory except the songs they had memorized.

-They have interactive games and worksheets that build the student’s mastery and keep the student engaged.

-The ‘teacher’ may be the talking Great Sphinx or an actual person dressed up as a Grecian. It is completely over the top!

  • It covers all of history from a Christian worldview and in chronological order.
  • There are five different courses that will cover from the Old Testament to present.

The breakdown is as follows:

-Old Testament and Ancient Egypt

-New Testament, Greece and Rome

-Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation

-Explorers to 1815

-1815 to Present

  • They recommend you start this course in the 2nd grade and then finish it by the 6th grade. We were older when we first learned about this program, so we allowed our boys to do this course through the 8th grade. You could still complete the entire course if you started in the 4th grade and finished by 8th grade. If you start later than the fourth grade, then you can just pick and choose which time period you want to cover. I would not recommend it for high school, as it will not meet your state’s high school requirements. Although, my oldest son almost passed a practice Western Civilization CLEP exam after just taking one year of it in the 8th grade. LOL.

The best way, for you to experience this curriculum, is to click on this link below and watch a sample lesson. Make sure your kids join you as you watch it!

I do not know of any better tool out there to tie history to the Word of God in a method that is unmatched.

http://www.veritaspress.com/selfpaced/history.html

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About Mindi

Mindi was raised in Westlake, Louisiana and moved to the Houston area after receiving her bachelor's degree in Mass Communications in 1993. Mindi has been instrumental in all facets of growing their ad agency since its inception in 1999. She has worked closely with national level clients in developing and executing results-driven marketing initiatives. She is also co-owner of the renowned Medical Journal - Houston, a healthcare business newspaper, where she works as Publisher and Editor. In 2011, her family started a new church plant in The Woodlands, Texas. She counts it an honor to serve as pastor’s wife of The Pentecostals of The Woodlands where she shares her husband’s burden for souls and to reach The Woodlands community. She and her husband have three sons that are all actively serving the church. Mindi homeschools the boys and has an insatiable desire to see them saved and to be everything that God wants them to be. Due to her extensive research, the oldest son recently graduated high school with his bachelor's degree and the younger two are on track to do the same. To say that she is passionate about the family is an understatement. She has purposed to study family dynamics and is ever learning. She is a family junkie so to speak and is addicted to learning new ways to help her family and other families thrive. She enjoys researching and sharing her findings with everyone through her blog called The Fervent Family.

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