“Victus” means “way of life” in Latin. Kinda stole my heart right there. It’s been a theme lately to make sure everything aligns with our goals and fits our worldview. I like themes.
The V3S teaches 4 concepts:
- Zeal with knowledge bears fruit.
- Results come from the process.
- Any system must have a purpose.
- An effective system of study has the greatest likelihood of aiding in success.
The Course Aim:
- Foundational Cornerstone One: Where am I now?
- Foundational Cornerstone Two: Where do I want to be?
- Foundational Cornerstone Three: How do I get there?
Ten lessons (#10 is review) and appendices with flashcards, charts, and extra planning pages teach these core concepts in a way students understand. The website claims five hours for completion. I didn’t log our time, but it didn’t take us long to discuss and complete the exercises. They recommend one or two weeks to complete the lessons. This is not specifically designed for just homeschoolers and some of the script needed to be adapted for our use since we are homeschoolers.
While my daughter scoffed at most of the lessons and made fun of a lot of it, the teachings are sound and align with how we run our family and homeschool. It helped open up conversation about goal-setting and planning by working backwards to know what you must do to read a goal. Listening and reading skills are always great to review.
The lessons themselves were mostly too basic for my daughter, but they were a good review and reinforced what she’s learned from other similar lessons and what they teach in leadership course with Civil Air Patrol. I love that my daughter is surrounded by similar concepts from multiple sources. It helps to hear it and see it, repeatedly, from many different people!
The program is similar information we’ve heard before, but it’s packaged well and in an easy to understand manner. It’s always good to review study skills and note-taking concepts. It helped Liz be metacognitive about learning and paying attention to her Civil Air Patrol commanders and teachers. It sparked some good conversation with me about notes, testing, studying, and leadership.
We can always tweak scheduling and the program offers samples and pages to design a schedule. This helps Liz to possess her own schedule instead of relying on me. If she has a hand in time management and scheduling her lessons and activities, she will be more successful than if I did it for her. She’s getting older now and needs to be more responsible.
I like any program that reinforces what she’s learning in other areas of her education.
The books are most appropriate for 5th to 12th graders.
Additional products to accompany the Victus Study Skills System:
- The Student DIY Edition Workbook $25.00
- Teacher Edition PowerPoint Presentation $25.00
- Classroom Video (DVD) $30.00
- Creating & Implementing a Personal Strategic Plan $5.00
My daughter is 13 and was able to complete most of it, but needed help with some of the life skills and experiences she wasn’t familiar with.