Over the past few weeks, we’ve discovered VeritasBible.com by Veritas Press, an online program that makes the Bible come alive for kids. With VeritasBible.com, studying the Bible is exciting, interactive, and FUN. As soon as my kids started this new Bible program, they were in love and completely hooked. And, to my surprise, a lot of learning happened along the way!
VeritasBible.com is an online Bible program designed to teach the Bible to children in a way that appeals to them. With high quality colorful graphics, fun games, songs, videos, and activities, kids don’t realize they are learning the Bible. They just know they’re having tons of fun!
I received a family subscription to VeritasBible.com for one year. I set up two accounts, one for my daughter and one for my son. Our subscription included three different courses:
- Genesis to Joshua
- Judges to Kings
- The Gospels
Recommended for grades 2-6, each course covers 32 main events. The courses are all similar in that they are taught by very likeable characters/individuals dressed in period clothing. Each course is separated into many lessons. These lessons contain memory songs, interactive games and activities, stories that teach, and so much more. The videos are sprinkled with tasteful humor that always gets my kids laughing.
VeritasBible.com has two more courses coming soon: Chronicles to Malachi and Job and Acts to Revelation.
After choosing which course to begin with, your child is put on a cute roadmap that goes through the Bible. Your child’s journey throughout the course is marked by the flags and the background changes as you enter different times and events in the Bible.
In order to progress in the course, you have to pass a mini test and get a certain percentage of the answers correct. Stars are awarded for how well a topic was understood, but you only need one star to move on.
Once your child has completed a lesson, you can skip around within that lesson and review any part. However, until that lesson is completed, the next slides are locked, keeping children from skipping ahead without learning or mastering material.
Thoughts and Usage
I had intended to use this program with both my son and daughter, but I discovered that my daughter, who is 5, was too young for the program. Instead of completeing her own course, she enjoyed watching her brother, who is 11, go through the program.
We chose the Genesis to Joshua course to begin our studies, but we tried some of all the courses. My son completed at least a lesson a day, usually much more because he begged to do more. In fact, he usually groaned if he had to stop. The program was so fun and engaging for him, he really was hooked!
Although I sometimes watched him as he moved through his lessons, he certainly did not need my help to use the program. All of the activities are done online and automatically graded. No preparation is needed and it is very user friendly.
I really liked that the program included lots of review. I can not believe how much my son has learned about the Bible. VeritasBible.com has been a wonderful way for my son to learn Bible story facts, dates, places, people, principles, and much more. I’m absolutely thrilled at all that he’s learned!
In the beginning, we encountered a few glitches. The program would often get stuck on a slide and we could not move to the next slide. I contacted the company and they were very good about passing us on through to the next slide. After this continued to happen, the company suggested we switch browsers. Instead of Internet Explorer, we began using Firefox and *poof* all glitches were history. We use Firefox every time we open VeritasBible.com now and we haven’t experienced any trouble.
As much as I love VeritasBible.com, a few things have caused me concern. I realize the Bible is not the most child friendly book. I usually try to skip over those stories that are inappropriate for little ears because they’re rather difficult for even me to stomach. In the Judges to Kings course, one of the stories my son was introduced to was the story of Ehud and Eglon. If you’re familiar with the story, Ehud stabs Eglon in his very fat stomach and “the dagger disappeared into his belly.” My son was horrified. I was, too. I would’ve preferred that story be left out, or at least the graphic details not be included.
Another story that we didn’t really care for was also in Judges. In Judges 3, a woman named Jael takes a tent peg and kills a man named Sisera, by driving the tent peg through his temple. Again, I wish that story had not been included due to its graphic nature.
In one of his lessons, my son came across a slide that featured two idols, an Asherah and a Baal. He was asked to identify the false Baal god. A couple things… I don’t think it’s very important for my son to be able to distinguish between false gods. I also really didn’t appreciate that my son was having to look at a statue of a naked woman.
After seeing some of this inappropriate material, I really wanted to skip around to stories like David and Bathsheba and preview them before my son did. However, that option is not yet available. Currently, you have to go through the course in order, you can’t skip around. I would love for VeritasBible.com to change that and allow for that option. Not only so that I can preview certain stories first, but because sometimes we are studying a particular story in the Bible and we’d like to visit that story in VeritasBible.com.
We have absolutely loved using VeritasBible.com. It has been so much fun and my son has learned so much. At this point, however, I’m hesitant to continue the program because of the graphic nature of certain parts in the courses. I’m a little afraid of what my son might encounter as he continues on through the program. It is a solid Bible program, though, and super fun. If you and your child are not at all worried about the graphic elements, you will absolutely LOVE VeritasBible.com and I highly recommend it!