This homeschool curriculum review is the first of four reviews regarding Christian Non-traditional Homeschool package curriculum suppliers that use more than just their own books and materials. The four homeschool reviews will be Veritas Press, Memoria Press, My Father’s World, and Sonlight. Veritas Press certainly is attractive to the parents of an advanced student, due to complexity and comprehension available at younger ages. It has many options for the family that would want a varied curriculum for different ages and abilities.
Veritas Press offers an advanced Christian classical curriculum guide and books using a variety of vendors including Saxon for math, Memoria Press for Latin, and Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) for Writing, and Shurley English for Language Arts.
Veritas Press has three options for their curriculum:
- Self-paced online
- Live online
- Parent taught.
This review is based on the parent taught option. Veritas Press presents a five-year rotation through history based on their History Timeline curriculum. This curriculum is separated into historical time:
- Old Testament and Ancient Egypt
- New Testament, Greece, and Rome;
- Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation;
- Explorers to 1815;
- 1815 to the Present.
In Veritas Press curriculum, the literature books focus on these history categories. For example, the Second Grade curriculum includes a choice of the Old Testament, Ancient Egypt. Within that category, the homeschool parent may choose a variety of books. Some of the second grade books included is Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, The Cat of Bubastis, The 5,000 Year Old Puzzle, God King, The Golden Goblet, Mara, Daughter of the Nile.
Veritas Press is challenging to price due to the customization available to parents. A basic second grade curriculum without music and Bible costs around $300 + $99 for the Scholars Lesson Plans(first student, then $49). One could increase the price rapidly with interesting additions found on the Veritas Press website.
We have used the history timeline cards for years and loved them. The cards have a historical event on the front with a detailed explanation of the event on the back. Along with a song, my daughter was able to memorize and recite all the history cards timeline events in one year. This serves as a great foundation to not only history, but a deeper understanding of current events, as well.
Veritas Press is known to be at an advance level. Some of the literature books, I would feel uncomfortable reading to my child at second grade level such as Mara, Daughter of the Nile, due to character qualities. These same books are found in Sonlight’s Core G for 11, 12, and 13 year olds. Veritas Press does provide many choices for literature. As with all literature, I do recommend reading your children’s books. If I do not have time to read the book, I usually check homeschooling discussion groups for any concerns regarding a book before investing in a library of books.
The Bottom Line:
I like Veritas Press for their advanced approach. They fill a niche for the advance student with challenging books, materials, and curriculum lesson plans. I highly recommend their history timeline cards. Consider either laminating the cards or placing them in a binder to reduce wear and tear.
- Laminate the cards to improve their durability if you have multiple children or you plan to use them for years.
- Buy the 5×8 3-ring binder in different colors with the sheet protector inserts. Place one card in each insert. Each color binder contained a different timeline sequence. This made it easier for us to retrieve the correct binder quickly.
There are many choices in Christian Non-Traditional Curriculum. Veritas Press is a good option available to families.
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