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One Book, Two Courses, Three Credits.
Omnibus is a Great Books curriculum for grades 7-12 that teaches students lessons from the past in order to live in the present.
Omnibus I Primary focuses on great works of the ancient world from the Beginning and culminating in the first century. Students read and learn to appreciate the Great Books in light of the truth of Scripture. The Omnibus courses are the best way we know to engage with the great works of Western Civilization and learn to think biblically about everything. Learning can happen in all three formats: You Teach, Self-Paced, and Live Online.
Students will study:
Codes of Hammurabi and Moses
The Early History of Rome
1 & 2 Kings
The Landmark Herodotus
The Last Days of Socrates
Luke & Acts
The Odyssey of Homer
The Oresteia Trilogy
Plutarch's Lives Volume 1
1 & 2 Samuel
The Theban Trilogy
The Twelve Caesars
Omnibus-The Veritas Approach to the Great Books
OMNIBUS IS A GREAT BOOKS CURRICULUM THAT TEACHES STUDENTS THE LESSONS FROM THE PAST IN ORDER TO LIVE IN THE PRESENT.
Teaching children to think biblically about everything is one of the hardest jobs parents and teachers have. Learning from the past to live in the present might be second hardest. By tapping some of the greatest thinkers alive, Veritas produced the Omnibus, a Great Books curriculum for grades 7-12 that grounds students in their faith. Omnibus is a Latin term meaning "all-encompassing." Each year of the Omnibus curriculum combines history, theology, and literature to help students grow in their appreciation of the unity of all knowledge.
The Omnibus includes six years with two simultaneous courses per year. The Primary books course focuses closely on primary-source historical works and events from the time period covered. The Secondary course offers balance and a lighter workload, with a greater focus on literature and theology. Taken together, students will earn three credits: one each in history, theology, and literature. For example: As part of Omnibus I Primary, students delve into the works of Plato, dealing with the Socratic Method. In Omnibus I Secondary, some reading includes modern works by Peter Kreeft, presenting fictional conversations between Socrates, abortionists, and university professors. This integrated, classical approach equips students with both an in-depth knowledge of history and the Great Books, while training them in the skills needed to process and articulate the meaning of this knowledge through the prism of a Christian worldview. Students completing all six years of Omnibus Primary and Secondary courses will have the added benefit of the in-depth study of all 66 books of the Bible.
When first learning about the Omnibus some are concerned with difficulty and enjoyability. We take particular care to fit the stage of the learner. The readings for the Omnibus can seem overwhelming. Students should be encouraged to learn to skim some sections—Herodotus’s Histories is an example—and to enjoy the richness of others—Homer’s Odyssey, for example. Class types and exercises are varied enough to capture all imaginations.
Omnibus covers three historical time periods, cycling through them twice, as follows:
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Many ask, "Can we do only a year or a few years, or only primary, or only secondary courses?" Our answer is the same: Any study of the Great Books to learn to think biblically about everything will be of great value.
Whether you plan to do all twelve classes over six years or only one, students will benefit for the rest of their lives by joining the "Great Conversation." Learning can happen in all three formats: You Teach, Self-Paced, and Live Online.
Live Online Course
Omnibus I Primary focuses on great works of the ancient world culminating in the first century. Students learn to read and appreciate the great books in light of the truth of Scripture. The Omnibus courses are the best way we know to engage with the great works of Western Civilization and learn to think biblically about everything. Diploma students completing the course will be given a credit in English: World Ancient Literature I. Diploma students completing the Omnibus I Primary and the Omnibus I Secondary courses during the same year will be given three credits for the two courses, one each in History: World Ancient History I, English: World Ancient Literature I, and Religion: Doctrine and Theology I. Homework will average 6 - 7 hours per week, depending on reading speed.
With the Omnibus I Primary, Self-Paced Course students study early biblical works, as well as, Gilgamesh, Hammurabi, Histories by Herodotus and many more in 175 engaging lessons. Students will work at their own pace, interacting with the material, learning from Bruce, one of the Omnibus writers and extraordinary instructor, who teaches from many of the sites throughout Europe where events from the books occurred. Students will hear what the world thinks through street interviews, then be drawn back to Scripture and what God says. Not only will students be prepared to address the challenges of an unbelieving world in college and beyond, they will be prepared to engage it winsomely and convincingly. This is exactly what our Christian children need now. It's what your children need. Learning from the Great Books, a historically effective way to educate and create thinkers, has never been easier. The Self-paced Omnibus courses are geared for 7th or 12th graders. Omnibus is a Latin term meaning €œall-encompassing.€ Combining history, theology, and literature, these courses help students grow in their appreciation of the unity of all knowledge. Each year offers two courses; the primary books course and the secondary books course. They can be taken separately, but taken together, students earn three credits—history, theology, and literature.
Parents that Choose Self-Paced Omnibus Courses:
- Have one less subject to teach
- Don't have to grade any assignments
- Can see their students progress at all times
- Have kids that are excited to learn
- Free up more time in their day
Students that take Self-Paced Omnibus Courses:
- Have so much fun they don't know they're doing "school"
- Can work wherever there is internet access
- Progress at their own pace
- Enjoy learning that is as fun as a video game
- Will master what they are learning
With this purchase, you are receiving 1 year of access to the course from the start date that you will choose after purchase.
What You Will Need
For this option, you will need to purchase the Self-Paced Course, the Self-Paced Course Kit.
You Teach is our term for those who take our curriculum and teach it themselves, whether at home or at school.
The Omnibus I Primary - Live Course & You Teach kit contains the materials you will need to teach the course to one student at home or what a student taking the class live will need. The course focuses on great works of the ancient world culminating in the first century.
What You Will Need
Our You Teach Kit contains everything you need to teach this subject yourself.