Archive for History
For many, October 31st is known as “Reformation Day,” and Martin Luther, with his shaking of the church of his time, as the “Father of the Reformation.” The date acknowledges Luther’s nailing his ninety-five theses to a church door on October 31, 1517 in Wittenburg, Germany; and becoming a major catalyst in what we now historically call the Protestant Reformation.
We would do well to recall The Five Solas (Latin phrases) that emerged during the Reformation. These should essentially underlay Christianity:
- Sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”): The Bible alone is our highest authority.
- Sola Fide (“faith alone”): We are saved through faith alone in Jesus Christ.
- Sola Gratia (“grace alone”): We are saved by the grace of God alone.
- Solus Christus (“Christ alone”): Jesus Christ alone is our Lord, Savior, and King.
- Soli Deo Gloria (“to the glory of God alone”): We live for the glory of God alone.
Giving our children a firm foundation in their faith is vitally important. Danika Cooley has been lauded as “an engaging writer of children’s literature, she is a careful and winsome theologian.” I am excited to be reading her latest book, When Lightning Struck!: The Story of Martin Luther, and it will soon be available to you. (You can actually pre-order it now from Amazon at a sweet discount.) To celebrate Reformation Day and the release of When Lightning Struck!: The Story of Martin Luther, I’ve joined together with a team of blogger friends to host a fantastic giveaway, valued at over $500!
One person will win ALL of the following:
$100 Amazon Gift Card
Fire 7-inch Tablet, WiFi 8GB ($49.99)
When Lightning Struck!: The Story of Martin Luther (hardcover $16.99)
From WiseDecor.com, a $50 Gift Certificate
From Nuremberg Tourist Board, a Playmobil Martin Luther figure ($9.99)
From Thinking Kids Press, a curriculum bundle from When Lightning Struck! author, Danika Cooley:
- Cobblestone Path Church History Research Journal: The Reformation Age (digital $20)
- Bible Road Trip Year Three Curriculum and all 3 Notebooking Journals (digital $80)
From Fortress Press, a book bundle by author, Tim Dowley:
- Christian Music: A Global History ($35)
- Introduction to the History of Christianity: Second Edition ($55)
- The Student Bible Atlas: Revised Edition ($12.99)
- Atlas of the European Reformations ($24)
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At just 5″ X 8″ and 113 pages, Papa’s Pearls is an exceptional, little paperback book; written by Diane Flynn Keith, about her father, Carol Joseph Flynn. Mr. Flynn is Papa. His pearls are words of wisdom he lived by and readily shared with his family and friends. They are a legacy of love to his children, his grandchildren; and now to us.
After I spent some time browsing Diane’s blog, learning more about her and her book, I couldn’t wait to read it! The blog, by the same name, Papa’s Pearls, is a wonderful compliment to the book. Appreciating family photographs, as I do, I love that Diane has set up a photo album of Papa. It is a sweet connection to the man I’ve met while reading Papa’s Pearls: A Father’s Gift of Love and Wisdom to His Children.
I read the story of Carol Joseph Flynn’s life aloud to my children, in the evenings before bed. They always wanted more! Each of the 17 chapters is like a snapshot of time, detailing actual tidbits of fact and history; woven with personal accounts, Papa’s wit and feelings, and the lessons he learned. He was born in 1922, in San Francisco. He rose above a life of hard knocks, becoming a good man, a respected leader; and a well-loved father and grandfather. Because he lived through war time and The Great Depression, just as my children’s grandparents did, there was much material for discussion. We could contrast and compare what Diane wrote of his life with what we know of their lives. I read aloud the Introduction, at the beginning of the book, so my kids would know that Papa had already died and his daughter was writing about the impact he had on his family’s life. My husband’s parents, my mother; and my grandmother have all died in the past 15 years. Nearly every time I read a chapter from Papa’s Pearls, our memories were sparked to reminisce and talk about our own family heritage. How Grandpa did “this”, always said “that”, or looked at Grandma “just so.” What Gramma “believed” and how she shared her faith. Papa’s Pearls is indeed full of love and wisdom from a life well lived, but it is so much more to us. It is a tool that stirs our own memories, and unlocks our personal heritage. No doubt, we will read it time and again!
An autographed copy of Papa’s Pearls is available for $21.97, on the Papa’s Pearls website. Diane Flynn Keith is also a homeschool coach and mentor, and you can find her at Homefires.com, and Carschooling.com.
What a delight that Diane Keith could spend time with her dad, recounting memories of his nearly 90 years, before his death in December 2011. She has written a fine tribute to him, his resilience and his positive out look on life; sharing with the world that we are loved more than we know. Papa says:
“What’s the Worst Thing that Could Happen?”
“You gotta Use Your Street Smarts.”
“Tell Yourself You Like It.”
“It’s All about Family.”
“Be Grateful Everyday.”
“Tell Yourself You Like It,” is a prime example of Papa’s out look on life. Being a plumber in San Francisco, Papa often had to work in the sewers. When his young children asked him how he could stand the smell, he replied, “You just tell yourself you like it. Then, it’s not so bad.” Many years ago, my suburban raised husband got a job on a hog farm. He was going to college and there was a house for our family, on the property, provided with the job. The smell of the area was just animal-waste-ripe, and it seemed to permeate everything. Every time we would leave the house, on our return up the driveway my husband would say, “Mmmm, smells like money!” and he’d smile. We were just so thankful for a place to live and a dependable job! We got through that time with genuinely grateful hearts and good attitudes. We learned so many life lessons during that time, and some of them we didn’t even realize until we read Papa’s story. Diane writes that her “Papa knew what research studies show. People who have positive attitudes are winners in good times, and survivors in hard times. You are what you think. Tell yourself you like it.”
My crew mates have also written reviews of Papa’s Pearls: A Father’s Gift of Love and Wisdom to His Children and Grandchildren, and you can find them when you click the banner and follow the link below.
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Every Thanksgiving I am abundantly blessed to gather with my immediate family, extended family and friends in celebration of all God has done for us and our country. This year my children and I will have a deeper more thorough understanding of one of the most important times in America’s history, thanks to Dayspring Christian Academy and The Pilgrim Story.
If you’ve already watched the short clip above or clicked on the links I included then you have an idea of what The Pilgrim Story is about and you know that the cost of the course is $99. What you don’t know is that, if it is possible to fit this into your budget, it is well worth it!
This is a self-guided, self-paced, interactive online course. This means that after you enroll you will have access within 48 hours, and then for the following 6 months you can view it whenever it’s convenient for you. It doesn’t meet at a specified time. This has been a huge bonus for my family! Technically it is designed for grades 3 – 6, but the writer, Mary Stauffer, has led over 20 guided tours of Plymouth, Massachusetts using “the words of our country’s forefathers to teach the Pilgrim’s Story” and I personally believe students of all ages can gain insight from this study. I’ve been able to use this course myself, ahead of my younger children, because I wanted to and not because it is a necessity. I’ve only had to assign it to my older ones and nothing else is required from me. They don’t even have to view it at the same time or at a designated time each day. They have the freedom and flexibility to fit it in and around their individual schedule.
The heart of Dayspring Christian Academy is Psalm 78:1-8. “It is important for children to learn about their history, so they do not forget the great things God has done.”
The Pilgrim Story teaches and preserves the truth of our nation’s past. It highlights the Pilgrim’s dedication as Christians, well-grounded in The Word of God. It clearly displays God’s hand of providence in their lives and the life of our country. It reinforces the fact that “this nation has enjoyed freedom because it was founded on principles found in The Bible.“
Because Dayspring Christian Academy teaches using The Principle Approach of Learning, there are Principles of Christian Character and Biblical Principles of self governance, hard work, perseverance and Christian Liberty throughout the presentation. The course is organized in 5 Units of 3 or 4 Lessons each, with a Virtual Field Trip to Plymouth, MA at the end. Each Lesson is 30 – 45 minutes long, plus an optional 60 – 90 minute Enrichment Activity.
A Lesson consists of:
- items needed for activities
- documents to download
- description of contents
- review of previous lessons
- vocabulary words
- a student worksheet for notes
- enrichment activities
- lesson review and
- suggestions for further reading
A Student Notebook is a key component of The Principle Approach and is a valuable record of their learning. You’ll need a 1-inch binder and 5-tab dividers, one for each Unit.
Unit 1 – Introduction
Unit 2 – Preparation
Unit 3 – The Journey
Unit 4 – The First Winter
Unit 5 – 1621 – 1623
I copied the list of Recommended Books, chose which ones I wanted by grade level and then requested them from my library ahead of time. Open Source Books, with free online access, are also listed. Reasoning Questions for Writing Practice or Oral Presentation are included, along with Answer Keys, Grading Rubrics, and Activity Guides. Review Questions provide a great Recall Assessment and there is a Unit Test at the end of each unit. Dayspring Christian Academy will actually grade, record and maintain the Unit Test grade for one student, when the multiple-choice test is taken.
I do wish the video clips were closed-captioned, so my students would have the added benefit of reading along with the narrator, otherwise I am absolutely thrilled with The Pilgrim Story and the knowledge we’ve gained!
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I hope your Thanksgiving is especially blessed this year.
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Ahhh…reading! Just the thought of a good book makes me smile. It has been some time since I’ve been able to stow away and read a book just for the pleasure of reading a book. My favorite type of story is one that carries me away to another place and time, a period piece, with golden threads of history woven through it. These are not easy books to write. An author will often spend a lot of time reading and researching their subject before they can even begin to put pen to paper, because most readers expect the historical account to be accurate; especially if it is a time or place that is familiar to them.
I recently found Hope. She is a promising young author, published by Great Waters Press.
The chief publishers of Great Waters Press are Hal & Melanie Young, the authors of a 2011 Book of the Year – Raising Real Men. Hope’s first book, Book One of The Promised Land, is titled A Cry From Egypt. It is written for ages 8 and up, and it is a superlative first effort!
Hope has researched Ancient Egypt for several years. Her interest was kindled when she was 13 years old and her family was studying it. Have you ever wondered how it would have been to live in Egypt during the time of the devastating plagues and the Hebrew slaves being set free? What it would have been like to experience The Promised Land, first-hand? Author Hope Auer has brought a cast of characters to life from this time, using her knowledge of Ancient Egypt, the few facts that are recorded about this period; and the Biblical account. She takes no liberties with Scripture and maintains historical accuracy, while telling a fascinating story as it is lived by a 12 year old slave girl, Jarah, her family and friends.
A Cry From Egypt is set around the time of events beginning in the seventh chapter of the book of Exodus, through the 10 plagues on Egypt; and culminating with chapter 12 –
“…I will strike the water of the Nile, and it will be changed into blood.”
“…I will plague your whole country with frogs.”
“…and throughout the land of Egypt the dust will become gnats.”
“…I will send swarms of flies on you…”
“…the Lord will bring a terrible plague on your livestock in the field…”
“…festering boils will break out on men and animals throughout the land.”
“…I will send the worst hail storm that has ever fallen on Egypt…”
“…I will bring locusts into your country tomorrow. They will cover the face of the ground so that it cannot be seen.”
“…and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days.”
“Every firstborn son in Egypt will die…”
These verses are foundational to the story, yet they are never directly referenced. Hope has interlaced a believable story of possibilities with the Truth. We see compassion, hatred, fear, forgiveness, unbelief, faith; and more, but it is clearly a story, not a sermon. Through the characters, we have the freedom to question and explore, Who is Yahweh? Can we know Him? Does He hear our pleas for deliverance, help or salvation? We’re reminded of God’s perfect timing and His great love for us. We connected with Jarah and could openly discuss what it means to trust Yahweh. Will she be willing to trust Him to lead her to the promised land? Would we?
I chose to read this aloud to my older teens and down. I read a few chapters at a time and then we would discuss it, not because we were having “school” but because it genuinely prompted stimulating conversation. One evening we spent a chunk of time on, “How do you determine whether or not someone is being punished justly or abused before you step-in? Is it ever okay to step-in? What is the Biblical basis for your answer? Where do we stand as a family?”
I finished the book first by myself, because I couldn’t put it down. I wanted to know how Hope was going to write this, whether she’d mention that; and what happened to them? I wasn’t disappointed. The only issue I had was in finishing the chapter tease for Book Two, found at the end of A Cry From Egypt, and realizing it’s not yet written and I can’t purchase it! Oh my, can I wait patiently or not? That is the question.
You can purchase an advanced copy of A Cry From Egypt, for $12.50. Scroll to the bottom of the Raising Real Men Web Page, right-hand side; and see Contact Us to email Hal and Melanie Young or find them on facebook – Raising Real Men: Surviving, Teaching and Appreciating Boys and Great Waters Press.
My Crew mates had the opportunity to read A Cry From Egypt or another new book published by Great Works Press – Children in Church: Nurturing Hearts of Worship. You can read their reviews when you click the banner below.
Hope is a homeschool graduate, and so is her illustrator, Mike Slaton. This knowledge was an encouragement to me as I teach my own artists, musicians and writers. It also spoke volumes to my children because it is a positive, hopeful, published writing by one-like-them. On a more basic level, my 8 year old daughter liked the action of the story and enjoyed the fact that Jarah has an 8 year old little sister and older brothers just like she has. It is simply a good book and that makes me smile.
Thomas Jefferson is quoted as saying, “A morsel of genuine history is a thing so rare as to be always valuable.” To understand where we are today, I believe we must know something of our yesterdays. I think Family History, US History, and World History are vital to our survival and growth as individuals and as a nation. We read and write about history, build time-lines; and visit battle fields, cemeteries, national monuments and re-enactments. All of this enhances the learning of our history, and so does Marshall Publishing.
Marshall Publishing and Promotions, Inc. is a multifaceted media publishing organization whose management team has 30 years of experience, successfully producing and representing television and home video programs written for all ages.
You may already be familiar with their trademarked, AS SEEN ON TV “Lots and Lots of” brand DVD’s and books. In 2011, I reviewed their George Washington Carver DVD and was pleased with their reliability; so I was quite interested in adding the content of the America in the 1880’s – A Decade of Progress DVD to our on-going study of US History this year.
Look at the cover of the DVD, how many people do you recognize? Many are well-known today and several are actually famous over 100 years later. This film is compiled of photographs, historical footage, and re-enactments; for 4th grade through adult. We watched it as a family. We easily recognized Buffalo Bill Cody on the front, but wasn’t sure if that was Geronimo beside him or not. Susan B. Anthony and the Brooklyn Bridge was easy, too. My older son recognized the outlaws because he previously studied their lives independently, and I tagged Sarah Bernhardt and Mark Twain.
After we watched the video we were surprised that there wasn’t a train on the front cover. The 1880’s saw the height of railroad travel. You could get from coast to coast in 7 days! There are fascinating snippets packed into this DVD, and this caused two things to occur for us. First, because the details are few we found ourselves wanting to research our own special interests; secondly, we seem to recall the people, places and events more readily than when we’re bogged down with extra information. The 1880’s was a marvelous, often overlooked decade; with a vast array of remarkable people and major events. The circus, theater troupes, and big music alongside life-changing inventions, gun-slinging outlaws, and outrageous clothing designs! Four states joined the union and while that might have been significant in itself, the fact that the population increased to 63 million by 1890, largely because of the warm welcome given to European immigrants, from its humble 13 million souls in 1880, is astounding!
Using the Study Guide that’s included, our discussion led us to note that although there’s been major changes in technology in the same number of years, and advances in other areas during other time periods, the accomplishments of so many in different areas, all in the same time frame is unrivaled. America in the 1880’s covers History, Geography and Culture through a decade of wonder.
From the website: “What was life like in America in the 1880s? Just like a time machine, this DVD will transport you back to discover the people and events that shaped this exciting decade: the Brooklyn Bridge …Washington Monument …Statue of Liberty …Gunfight at the O.K. Corral …Oklahoma Land Rush …Johnstown Flood …Thomas Edison …Mark Twain …Baby Doe …Sitting Bull …Sarah Bernhardt …John Philip Sousa …Buffalo Bill …Gilbert and Sullivan …Wyatt Earp…Jesse James and Billy the Kid ….Alexander Graham Bell ….John D. Rockefeller ….Andrew Carnegie ….Samuel Gompers ….Susan B. Anthony ….Lillian Russell ….and many others! You will learn about fashion, politics, sports heroes, famous inventors, Wall Street financiers, railroad expansion, buffalo extinction, Indian resettlement, Civil Rights, union organization, urbanization, the music of the times, and much more!”
There is also an archival documentary short film about the life of Alexander Graham Bell, his work with the deaf and the invention of the telephone, as a bonus feature of this DVD. Approx. 60 total min. This DVD, and the correlated Study Guide, is on sale now for $19.95, plus FREE shipping when you use coupon code TOS27 at checkout.
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Marshall Publishing – the place to find “Lots & Lots of…” fun, entertainment, education, and amusement for the whole family! Besides, America in the 1880’s – A Decade of Progress, my Crew mates reviewed the 2 DVD Set – Lots & Lots of Playful Penguins and their Toe-Tappin’ Happy Feet, and Lots & Lots of Penguins in the Wild!, The Historic Expedition of Lewis & Clark – We Proceed On!; and The History of The Oregon Trail & The Pony Express. You can read each of their reviews when you click the banner below and follow the link to the Schoolhouse Review Crew Blog.
Can Vocabulary delight you? Can one be captivated by Linguistics? Have you ever found yourself enthralled by our English Language or beckoned by History?
King Alfred’s English ~ A History of the Language We Speak and Why We Should Be Glad We Do is a delightfully woven tapestry of History, English, vocabulary, grammar and linguistics. The author, Laurie J. White, is knowledgeable about the History of English, and passionate about sharing it with others. “King Alfred’s English provides a guided tour of forces and events, conquerors and writers that have shaped, simplified, matured and expanded English into what it is today – the first truly global language in history.”
Travel through time…
Beginning around 55 BC, in Pre-English Britain, learn of the Celts, and Christian Romans in London, through Old English, Middle English, and A Time of Transition. 1526-1611 AD finds you in The Reformation, moved by the contributions and sacrifices of Wycliffe and Tyndale, during The Making of the English Bible. “The publishing of the English Bible had an unprecedented affect on the development of English.” Meet Shakespeare and Modern English, traveling from 1500 to today.
Laurie is articulate and witty, and this book is a pleasure to read! King Alfred’s English is clearly written from a Christian perspective, highlighting the influence of Christianity across countries and continents, through language. It is educational, conversational, and enlightening. Presently, I am reading it as literature, out loud, to my children. In just the first chapter, they were fascinated to learn that the Biblical book of Galatians, which they remembered as a letter written by Paul to the Galatians, was actually written to a group of Celts. The Celts had settled in what is now called Turkey. They were related though, to the Celts in Gaul, and were hence called Gaul-atians. Tidbits, like this, scattered throughout this book, give it irresistible appeal. We are captivated!
The Shorter Word.com, Laurie’s website, includes lists of free resources that correspond to each chapter in the book. Worksheets and Tests, along with suggested books and movies, to enhance a setting or time frame, or more clearly define a person of interest, plus website links with additional information, make King Alfred’s English a full semester course. Written for ages 12 – Adult; designed for grades 7 – 12, it’s on our schedule for Fall classes!
Laurie would love to hear from you, and you can send her an email with your comments and questions – firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit her facebook page.
I hope you’ll also take a few minutes to read what my Crew mates think of King Alfred’s English. Just click the banner below and follow the attached link.
I love the English language, even when I have found it frustrating, as I was teaching a child to read or spell. It always seemed to break the very rules I was trying to teach! I have already gained more understanding and a new respect for our language, in light of the multitudinous changes, through invasions, illuminations and edicts, that English has gone through since its inception. It is easier to teach when I know why a word is pronounced one way, instead of another, or where the 100 most common words used in our language originate from. English has such a rich heritage, “linguists estimate that as much as seventy to seventy-five percent of our English vocabulary is foreign,” and King Alfred’s English encourages me to be thankful for every word of it.
If you are interested in purchasing this book, I have a code for a 50% discount, good through September 2012, that I will give the first 5 of you that comment on this post.
Disclaimer* An e-book edition of this product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange for my honest review, as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog. The opinions expressed are my own.
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“It only makes sense to study geography alongside history. In history, we learn about time, places, and people. Geography covers the places part.” I’d like to tell you that we’ve been studying this way throughout our homeschool journey, but I can not. It’s more likely that we are just above the “less than one-third of elementary and high school students showed proficiency in geography,” as reported by the U.S. Education Department.
Children in America do not spend the time learning the lay of the land. They do not recognize where a country is on a map, and certainly can’t identify the black outline of most countries. Many do not know where the States of The Union are in relationship to one another. If this isn’t sad enough, as cell phones and GPS systems become more available, students are not even developing map reading skills.
We like to travel by car. We enjoy hiking and exploring nature, and kayaking on the lake; so, we’ve taught our children how to read a map. They know how to follow directions, understand North, South, East and West; can calculate distance and recognize terrain, etc. In our house, learning the names of our States, their black outlines, where they’re located, and the name of their capital city, is a common occurrence, along with the memorization of the names of the Presidents of the United States, and the recitation of the 66 Books of The Bible, among other things, but not in connection to our history. This would be the reason we might fall outside the statistical average.
Map Trek maps are in chronological sequence; so, they can be used in conjunction with any chronological history program. There is also specific curricula that is complimented by the use of Map Trek – TruthQuest History, Tapestry of Grace, Sonlight Curriculum, Mystery of History, Living Books, and Ambleside Online, to name a few. Free Curriculum Integration Guides are available.
Current volumes of Map Trrek include:
Map Trek – Ancient World
Map Trek – Medievel World
Map Trek – New World
Map Trek – Modern World
Map Trek – U.S. Edition
There are full-color teacher maps, black outline maps, and reproducible student maps, available. It is recommended that map study be added to a curriculum, once or twice a week. Since we are just building our map-study-habit, we chose to use the maps just once a week. The maps and activities are broken down into three categories; covering grades K – 12. I chose the U.S. Edition; printing maps from our birth states and becoming familiar with their facts, even though our long term goal is to improve our World geography knowledge. The best map work is fun and interactive, and that makes Map Trek one of the best!
Individual Map Trek Editions for The World are $14.95, with the U.S. Editions being $19.95 in e-book format. The complete set of 6 e-books is $47.00, and the beautifully bound, over-sized, hard cover book, with a CD-Rom of reproducible student maps is $55.00.
I hope you will utilize the links I’ve provided to visit Knowledge Quest’s website for more information. You can also read the opinions shared by my Crew mates, when you click on the banner below.
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Of course, I took history classes in school. I even knew how to memorize names and dates, pass tests, and make good grades. A love of history was not instilled in me, it was just something I had to learn, to get the credit, to move on.
Of course, I’ve taught history. Well sort of. I admit, it hasn’t always seemed important and I haven’t always made time for it. I had reasoned that it’s not even one of the subjects tested for college entrance, how important could it be. I’ve had hints of it’s value, hearing lingering quotes like Edmund Burke’s,
“Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.”
My older children and I have had more of an interest in the history of America, over the last few years, as they’ve reached voting age. We’ve dug into books about our founders and Constitutional law, or watched documentaries based on specific periods of time, looking for truth or the answer to a question. We’ve enjoyed sharing what we’ve learned, insights, and conversations.
Until recently, it didn’t occur to me that this is actually how some people teach and learn history. What a wonder! My younger children’s historical education will be vastly different than their older siblings, because Truth Quest History found its way to our home.
But that’s not even the most significant wonder about the TruthQuest History guides. The author, Michelle Miller, completely changed my outlook of history. Yes, as a Christian believer, maybe I should have seen it all along, but she made it clear to me, and now I can make it clear to my children. Learning our history, as mankind, should not just be man’s interaction with man, but man interacting with God. It is HIStory, because He is involved, and without Him there would be no history, because there would be nothing.
There are Christian based, chronological, World History guides available, written for grades 5 – 12, from Creation and The Ancients to the Present (2000.) American History only, is available for the 1st through 5th grades. I started with Age of Revolution: America/Europe, 1600-1800 and what I thought would be more than 300 daunting pages of history.
The author speaks to you, she doesn’t lecture on the topic she’s presenting. She’s conversational and witty. She comments on the story, and sets the stage for the time, people, events, and culture. Always connecting, and reconnecting the historical responses or reactions, the consequences or blessings, in light of one’s belief about God – whether true or untrue. TruthQuest History was written to teach “spiritual cause-and-effect lessons of history which teach Godly wisdom.”
Within the first chapter, I was struck by the truth of this paragraph:
“Don’t ever think spiritual matters are insignificant and only personal or you’ll miss the very hand of God in history! You’ll be blind to the deep beliefs which drive human action and you’ll think history is merely a boring record of famous people, deeds, and dates… History is really about what God is doing in the earth and that’s the most compelling story of all! History is about His truth, which is so powerful that it changes government, law, science, art, economics, literature, and the quality of life for people and their descendants…”
History is important! Throughout time we have all generally asked two questions – Who is God? and Who, then, is mankind? Michelle Miller points to these two questions, that she calls the Big 2 Beliefs, throughout history. Our answers to these questions influence our thoughts and actions, yesterday, today, and I expect, forever.
TruthQuest History is so much more than a curriculum with lists of living books. It does give us structure, but it also bends to that sweet flexibility that I crave. I’m reminded that the abundant resources listed are options for my discretion, not obligations. There is no set schedule of completion. We have the freedom to follow an interest, a particular person or event, much like we’ve done with unit studies, in the past.
A printed guide is $29.95 and each guide is now available in PDF format, for $24.95.
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Covering Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Physiology and Earth Science, has left little time to really get into Astronomy – the scientific study of the individual celestial bodies and of the universe as a whole. I know there’s a Biblical purpose for which the Sun, Moon and Stars were created, “…to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years.” Genesis 1:14
In Junior High School I did an illustrated report on constellations. I took over the huge bulletin board in the back of the classroom, used thumb tacks and white string, on a black background, and mapped the stars in our night sky. My report briefly touched on names, history and origin. I’ve enjoyed the Moon and Stars countless times since then, but I have not counted their worth.
Psalm 19:1-2 says, “The Heavens declare the glory of God; the sky displays His handiwork. Day after day it speaks out; night after night it reveals His greatness.” Based on this verse alone, there is so much more than warmth from the Sun, and pretty lights in the sky at night. I want my children to be able to recognize God’s handiwork, and intelligently acknowledge His greatness. We need to learn how to observe the sky.
“It is said that every home in early America owned a (Holy) Bible, a copy of [John Bunyan’s] Pilgrim’s Progress, and the current annual astronomical almanack,” writes Jay Ryan, author of The Classical Astronomy.
In his Celestial Almanack, February, 2012, Vol. 1, Number 2 you’ll find:
an Astronomical Calendar
Signs of the Seasons
* The Sun’s Declination
Seasonal Skies – Evening
*The Great Constellation Orion
*The N, E, and W Horizons
Dance of the Planets
*Jupiter and Venus Approach
*The Motion of Jupiter and Venus
*Superior Planets – Mars, Saturn
We love Jay’s style of teaching!
This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog. The opinions expressed are my own.