Omnibus I Student Text (Fourth Edition)

Omnibus I Student Text (Fourth Edition)

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Item #: 011827
ISBN: 9781936648719
Grades: 7

Publisher Description:

Omnibus is the classical Christian educational answer to history, theology, and literature.

Omnibus is a Latin term meaning "all-encompassing." Completing Omnibus I will provide the student a full credit in Ancient World History I, Doctrine and Theology I, and Ancient Literature I. Combining these disciplines will have students grow in their appreciation of the unity of all knowledge, and all the material is taught through a biblical worldview.

The student text leads the student through the study of the great works, from the dawn of time to the fall of Rome, teaching with the emphasis on ideas, not simply information.

The text includes two separate but compatible courses, the Primary books course and the Secondary books course. Primary books tend to be closely tied to the time period and include more primary source materials. Secondary books are, at times, lighter reading. Primary is scheduled for five days per week. Secondary for three days per week.

This book includes a daily schedule and will make teaching and interacting with the greatest works of Western Civilization both enjoyable and profitable. Students will also apply and further develop their skills in composition, logic, and aesthetics. Students completing all six years of Omnibus will have carefully studied every book of the Bible, too.

The student text assigns the readings for the primary and secondary books each day. We have gathered these books into discounted kits. The Primary reading covers books that the student will interact with most. Papers, tests, field trips, etc. will generally be more geared to the primary books. Secondary reading is not necessarily less important, but it is given less emphasis.

First Semester Primary Books: Genesis, Exodus, Epic of Gilgamesh, Code of Hammurabi, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, Odyssey, Histories, Oresteia, Plutarch's Lives.

First Semester Secondary Books: Chosen by God, Till We Have Faces, The Magician's Nephew, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Horse & His Boy, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Minor Prophets.

Second Semester Primary Books: Theban Trilogy, The Last Days of Socrates, The Early History of Rome, Luke & Acts, Aeneid, The Twelve Caesars, Julius Caesar, Revelation.

Second Semester Secondary Books: The Silver Chair, The Last Battle, The Best Things in Life, The Unaborted Socrates, Galatians, Romans, James, The Eagle of the Ninth, The Screwtape Letters, The Holiness of God.

Category Description for Veritas Press Omnibus Programs:

From the captivating introductory question “Why study this stuff?” to the glorious full-color artwork representations to the sheer comprehensiveness of the coverage, these books are enthralling. Omnibus is Latin for “all encompassing; everything.” The publishers couldn’t have picked a better title for this project that has as its goal a six-year theology, history, and literature curriculum that will literally “talk about everything” - all the important ideas from all the ages will be put on the table to explore.

The Omnibus curriculum desires to enable the student to unlock the treasure chest of ideas contained in the Great Books – those which have guided and informed thinking people of western civilization. While you might associate the term with the list compiled and edited by Mortimer Adler, the publishers and editors of the Omnibus have established their own list that overlaps with Adler’s.

Omnibus is both classical and Christian. It was written from a distinctly Protestant viewpoint that is best summarized by the Westminster Confession of Faith. Omnibus I (Biblical and Classical Civilizations) and Omnibus II (Church Fathers Through the Reformation) are 7th and 8th grade texts with emphasis on the logic stage. Omnibus IV - V covers similar time periods but with emphasis on the rhetoric stage. Omnibus III & VI covers modern (1563 to present) times with logic and rhetoric emphasis respectively. In other words, grades 7-12 grades are covered in two, three-year rotations.

Each Omnibus is divided into two semesters with primary (traditional Great Books) and secondary (other) book selections for each. These selections and the course built around them are rigorous; very rigorous. Some parents might be concerned about portions of the content. The editors are clear about several things. First, they assume that evil is to be conquered rather than evaded. Secondly, they assume that godly oversight and protection will accompany the student through this coursework. Thirdly, they see the Christian home as a boot camp where students are taught to handle their weapons - under godly, patient supervision. Lastly, since the Bible includes the same topics as these books there is no subject that this curriculum will raise in the minds of junior or senior high students that would not also be raised as he reads the Bible.

If you’re beginning to feel overwhelmed, relax. These texts will instill confidence even as they make the job easier for you. In essence, they’re comprised of stand-alone guides for reading, studying and understanding these Great Books and the Great Conversation of ideas they represent. Beginning with an introductory worldview essay, a session is outlined for each day a book is to be studied. The number of weeks in a study varies with the selection. Discussion is a major part of every book study. Some days the discussion is general with an eye on comprehension but more often the focus is textual, cultural, and biblical analysis. There are daily reading assignments and almost daily writing assignments plus a large selection of optional activities. The really comforting thought is that the Teacher CD contains complete and thorough answers and talking points for every discussion or question raised.

In addition to the wonderful artwork, other excellent resources are evident. Appendix I outlines a two semester reading schedule. Appendix II is a parallel timeline of events in history, literature, and theology, with miniature art representations or a book cover. The Teacher CD-ROM includes the entire text on PDF files with answers and talking points inserted into the discussion session notes. Additionally, lesson plans, teaching tips, and midterm and semester exams with answers are included. It also includes a grading calculator - an Excel file where you insert a student’s grades. The text does not include the reading selections; you will need to obtain them separately. The editors also mention two beneficial references - Western Civilization by Spielvogel and the History of Art for Young People (we have it listed as Short History of Art) by Janson & Janson. As you look over the reading selections, don’t be surprised to note, “I read this book in college.” These are academically (and spiritually) challenging courses. ~ Janice

Category Description for Veritas History Programs:

Instead of isolating Bible and Christian history from what was happening in the rest of the world, the folks at Veritas aim to incorporate it. They offer four different history time periods (each aimed at a different grade level and designed to take one school year) which take students from creation to the present. The program originally had three parts: teacher's manual, history cards (an absolutely essential element of the curriculum) and a memory song on audio CD. The song is sung by a woman with a pleasant voice at varying tempos and is designed as a type of auditory time line.

The history cards are fantastic! They have many interesting facets (the more you study them, the more you learn). The cards from the various time periods are color coded and numbered - there are 32 cards in each pack. If the cards also relate to Bible history they have another color and another number. Each card has a picture (usually in full color) representing what it is about. For example, the card for Creation has a reproduction of the Creation of the sun and moon from the Sistine Chapel Ceiling by Michelangelo. Many of the other pictures on the other cards are famous paintings as well. Each card has a title and a Scripture reference (if appropriate). They also contain a summary of the event they represent and a list of resources. This information can only be found on the cards and is not duplicated in the Teacher Manual. On the Creation card, examples of the resources are: Child’s Story Bible, pages 3, 4 and Streams of Civ, Vol 1, pages 11-14. Reading whatever is set out on the cards provides the ‘text’.

The Teacher Manual is split into 32 weekly lessons. Each lesson has a worksheet, a project or two, and a test. An example of what you might find in the appendix is a literature unit, an Egyptian decor bulletin board pattern, an Egyptian Feast project, reproducible sheets, great games, and lyrics for the memory song. An enhanced CD-ROM is also available, which includes the memory song for that level, an electronic version of the Teacher Manual, and an instructional video. The enhanced CD will work on either Windows or Macintosh. Because the enhanced CD contains the complete Teacher’s Manual, we sell two kits; one which includes the Teacher Manual book, the card set, and the audio CD (Homeschool Kit), and one which includes only the enhanced CD and the cards (Homeschool Kit w/ CD). ~ Genevieve

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I cannot recommend this product enough! My daughter has not stopped talking about it since we started She absolutely loved it!This is an intensive class that covers many subjects such as Theology Debate Literature and History My very first excitement came when my daughter came to me after reading one of the books required and said "Mom I don't agree with what this book says" Then she went on to give her reasons as to why she didn't agree and she even gave Scriptures from the Bible to back up her thoughts She's only in 7th grade! This is what this does for your child this Curriculum teaches them to think things out for themselves and come up with a logical conclusion with a Christian perspective This has been the most schoolwork she has ever done and she has devoured it In fact we didn't get it done by June and she asked if she may please continue the work through summer because she doesn't want to miss anything I am not joking she REALLY asked that! It takes a few hours a day but then again it is 4 classes in one As far as the teaching aspect I have a full time in home daycare for single moms so I am extremely busy The Teacher CD had everything I needed to help grade her work and I quite enjoyed watching her writing and thought process change throughout the year She sees the Bible in a new light as well I also enjoyed sitting and reading the textbook lesson with her before she started her reading of the assigned book for the week The lesson gives a good overview for those of us who haven't read the books on the list and do not have time to do so I did not need to prepare for the lessons before hand we just opened up the book and started It is worth far more than the asking price I definitely recommend the Teacher CD no matter what The only problem I had was at the beginning I wasn't sure how to begin but after we read the first lesson and walked through it together she went off flying!! Basically what you do is read the lesson/overview of the assigned book for the week Then at the end of the lesson there are questions for your child to answer covering all the subjects I listed above The books are classical books and I found most of them at my local Library (mainly in Seattle's Library system) Then at one point in the question section the text says read from this page to this page today in your assigned book Then the next day your child has more questions under the title heading "Day two" at the end of the lesson to ask about the reading assignment they just had This continues all week long By the end of the week they have read the entire book! Some books did take 2 weeks but it is all figured out for your child so they know exactly how much to read Make sure and give your child time to read as well because it is again intensive but oh so worth it There are mid-terms semester finals and finals that are all accumulative I think this is a must for every homeschooling family
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