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Many committed their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to build the foundations of freedom we have inherited. It is essential for students to understand this crucial period in our nation’s history so they can fulfill their duty today, understand how our government is structured, and help preserve our freedom for future generations. In this full-color book filled with illustrations and images, students will:
- Learn about the War of Independence through the Constitution in this chronological, 34-week daily study
- Explore the lives of those who dared to oppose the most powerful military on earth with the most powerful words and principles put to paper
- Discover in-depth character comments, explanations of providential occurrences, founder’s quotes, poetry from the time period, and more!
Now more than ever, it is essential for young Americans to grow up with an understanding of what freedom means, what it cost our forefathers to win their liberty, and the power and rights preserved for every American citizen. American history is so much more than lists of names, dates, and events. It is a colorful panorama of nonstop adventure, set against a backdrop woven out of real events that happened to real people. It is the story of those people with all their hopes, fears, joys, convictions, struggles, and triumphs that makes the history of our country such a delight and inspiration for children to learn.
“God told His people to tell their children stories of their heritage. (Psalm 143:5, Deut. 32:7, Hebrews 10:32, Romans 15:4 ) That is what we have attempted to do in Fight for Freedom & America's Struggle to Become a Nation history curriculum
We have so many heroes in our heritage, and it excites us that we can introduce them to your family!
These stories will ignite the imagination and take your kids on an incredible journey back to the time our country was founded. Our goal is to make your kids love history, while reinforcing the values that once made our country strong. “ ~ Marilyn Boyer, Author
Why did we write the books?
Our goal in writing The Fight for Freedom and America's Struggle to Become a Nation was two-fold. First to teach kids history through engaging them in the lives of real people so they would be inspired and also retain what they learned and secondly to show them God's Hand of Providence in the establishment of our nation.
Why is this important?
Research shows that kids learn better when history is taught in biographical format, unveiling what happened through the stories of real people rather than learning ( and then forgetting) a string of dates and places. That is why we spend much time telling the stories of the men and women who sacrificed and struggled to birth this nation. Everyone loves a story and you'll find your children will have a greater retention level because of the story format.
Why do you tell history through stories?
It is the Biblical pattern. This is how God teaches us from the Bible- we learn about the Philistines for example by studying the lives of David and Samuel. We learn about the Babylonian Empire by studying the lives of Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther.
Previous generations of Americans understood this concept and embraced a Biblical approach to education. The American Revolution was studied by studying the lives of George Washington, James Caldwell, Nancy Hart, Abigail Adams, and James Armistead.
Why is a Providential view of history necessary?
History must be taught from a Providential view or it becomes sterile and irrelevant to application to the present. Today history is taught void of any purpose and has become dry and boring. Daniel Webster affirmed, "History is God's Providence in human affairs, and it is a part of it to triumph over error, and to assign to the actors in great events, their proper places." In an effort to erase acknowledgement of God from history, secular history it is taught void of purpose. Ben Franklin so wisely stated, " The longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth; that God governs in the affairs of men." George Bancroft, who is known as the Father of American History said, " The fortunes of a nation are not under the control of blind destiny, but follow the steps by which a favoring Providence, calling our institutions into being, has conducted the country to it's present happiness and glory."
David Barton confirms this, "When American history was taught with a purpose- when it embraced a Providential view of the events and persons of history- it was not the boring, compartmentalized, secular subject that it has become today. Return to a use of biographical history (study the primary individuals involved) and apply a Providential viewpoint always remembering that "History is God's providence in human affairs.'"
Why did we focus on the founding era of our country?
We are fast losing our freedom in this country and we as a people don't even recognize this. If we don't understand the cornerstones of freedom that the founders risked everything to establish, we won't see be vigilant about protecting our freedom. Kids need a thorough understanding of this crucial time in the history of our country. Attention is given in America's Struggle to Become a Nation to the reasons the Constitution was written and understanding what that means for us today. We've allotted two chapters to helping kids to grasp these truths so they will be equipped and prepared to defend those freedoms. There was much involved in establishing our nation and one or two chapters in a history book dealing with the War of Independence and the establishment of a new nation can not adequately cover this crucial time period. Too much is at stake in our country to not understand our foundations. Psalm 11:3 says, "3 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?" The next generation must be prepared to guard the foundations and it is our job to help prepare them. This history curriculum is a tool to help you do just that. Many families are enjoying learning together about this exciting time in our nation's history.
What ages are the books written for?
The curriculum is appropriate for grades 4-6, but many families are reading them together as a family. Chief Justice Roy Moore says, "Every American would benefit by reading these marvelous works designed to preserve our heritage as a nation." So don't feel bound by the grade level. They can be used for older students and also read to younger students as well.
Why are there audios included in The Fight for Freedom?
Audios help to cement things the kids are learning and also to whet their appetite to learn more of this fascinating time period of American history. They also make your job as a parent/teacher much easier. The student can listen while you are busy doing other things or teaching other children. Kids will probably want to listen to the audios again and again which further adds to their retention of information and helps to make the learning of important information FUN.
How do I use the curriculum?
There are detailed instructions in the teacher's guides but feel free to alter the schedules provided to best fit your needs. You can use the books for multiple ages together if you wish to. There are review questions provided and projects as well.
|Title||America's Struggle to Become a Nation (Student)|
|Subtitle||Understanding the Foundations of Freedom|
|Contributors||Marilyn Boyer, Rick Boyer|
|Publisher||New Leaf Publishing Group, Inc.|
|Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price||$34.99|
|Dimensions (in inches)||8 1/2 x 11|
- We loved it! Review by Stephanie
What did you think of this book?
What we love about America's Struggle to Become a Nation:
-First of all the pictures are ah-mazing! The full color illustrations throughout the book are beautiful!
-The Teachers Guide makes is super easy to figure out what each daily assignment is. Box-checkers that we are, we love a guide that lets us check something off. The teachers guide also allows for inputing and tracking grades if your homeschool requires that.
-Lengthy quotes dotted throughout the book serve as source documents, which is something that is challenging to find in a homeschool curriculum for children this age.
-Lessons are bite-sized allowing for great flexibility and holding your child's attention.
-Quarterly and bonus quizzes are located in the back of the teacher guide for your convenience. This is a handy tool that can even be used orally to check for understanding.
-One of our favorite parts - each chapter includes a couple of projects to complete. For example: memory work selections (like the pledge of allegiance), journal entries, designing posters, writing newspaper articles, building a fort, and research opportunities.
We really enjoyed this product! We received it free of charge in exchange for an honest review. (Posted on 10/28/2016)
- We really enjoyed this Review by Samantha
What did you think of this book?
In the back of the book you will also find Appendix 1-4 that are:
Appendix 1: The Declaration of Independence
Appendix 2: The Bill of Rights
Appendix 3: Washington's Inaugural Address of 1789
Appendix 4: George Washington's Farewell Address of 1796
I thought having those was a nice touch, since often times we have had to search online in able to find everything. Pictures of the original documents are included as well.
**I was sent a copy of this curriculum in exchange for my honest opinions** (Posted on 4/2/2016)