ABC's of Homeschooling: A is for American History and B is for Believe

20 April 2011
ABCs of Homeschooling

I am just starting in on the FUN!! So I am playing Catch-up! So here is my A and B! Thank you for reading and sharing...

A is for American History

The other day on Facebook (of course) I 'ran' into a post about the President, I won't go into all that was said, but the conversation went from President to the United States of America--the idea that America was not founded on Christian beliefs really, really irritates me.

When did that happen?? If we really research the founding fathers of America and of the Signers of the Constitution --you can very well find that most if not all were had Christian upbringings, Christian theologists, Pastors, Ministers, Lawyers, Doctors who all knew of the Bible and it's contents. That is what made America like no other country!!

I am excited for next year, for we will start our American History learning/projects.
I will be using:

1. Joy Hakim's Story of US (11-volume set)

2. Homeschool in the Woods Time Line Figures: America's History

3. [Plan] to use Homeschool in the Woods Time Travelers Unit Studies (Colonial Life, American Revolution, and Civil War Activity Packs)

4. Reading excerpts from Benjamin F. Morris: The Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States

5. History of each State (Notebooking)

6. Sticker Book with Presidents (Hands-On)

7. Vast amount of Reading living books

8. Penmanship of quotes from past Presidents

9. Study the hymns, like the "Star-Spangled Banner"

10. Artwork from Early American Paintings (Native American to Early 1800s)

The list could go on...but I will spare you the details. LOL!! ;)

Needless-to-say, I am proud of our Nation's History--the good and the bad, because it is what made us a great nation. Although, I am very sad to say that America is NOT what it used to be. I want my children to know our REAL American History. I do feel it will make them better citizens in understanding our current situations and for their futures to defend. America is in a state of despair because we've become Godless people. It's a sad situation, but there is always Hope (no, I am not speaking about the President). There is someone GREATER than he.

B is to Believe

Taken from the online site of the 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language

BELIE'VE, v.t. To credit upon the authority or testimony of another; to be persuaded of the truth of something upon the declaration of another, or upon evidence furnished by reasons, arguments, and deductions of the mind, or by other circumstances, than personal knowledge. When we believe upon the authority of another, we always put confidence in his veracity.

When we believe upon the authority of reasoning, arguments, or a concurrence of facts and circumstances, we rest our conclusions upon their strength or probability, their agreement with our own experience, &c.

2. To expect or hope with confidence; to trust.

I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Ps.27.

The absolute reason for our decision to homeschool our children is that we believe the word of God. We prayed about homeschooling and my husband came to the decision as our oldest was entering the 6th grade and felt the burden of being Godly parents, we could not longer submit them to a Godless education.

To believe in Christ is the eternal goal we have as a family. We are enjoying the freedom and the peace we have in homeschooling our children. We feel so blessed to have this privilege, even as we live in a country where homeschooling is illegal. We know all the greater what it means to be a free nation.

Thank you for stopping by!! Hope you join in on the fun with;

ABCs of Homeschooling

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Dawn said...

Wow Jessica! It looks like you've got a really great start on next year's plans already! I usually do that, but right now I haven't decided yet. For literature, the Sonlight and Beautiful Feet catalogs have FANTASTIC lists for US History, in case you haven't seen those before. ;)
Thanks for linking up today!

Jessica S. said...

Thank you Ms Dawn! Yes, I have heard of both and do plan to use Beautiful Feet book list. Thank you so much for visiting. :)

Kimberly said...

wow. "American History" would never have been a thought of choice for my "A".....
"Alchemy"- yes. even "Aardvarks."

(I bet you can guess one of my least favorite classes in school, LOL)

:sigh: I guess I should motivate the boys to learn more/better History...

Jessica S. said...

@Kimberly ~ LOL!! Guess you can say I love History?? Yes, we do. :) Bible, Science, and our 3 R's LOL!! Well...we do math daily also. Thank you for stopping by!!

joelle said...

Thanks for stopping by. I really like believe for B.

Jessica S. said...

Thank you Joelle!! Looking forward to seeing all of the different ABCs we have in store to share!! Thank you also for stopping by...

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