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This is the Teacher Guide that goes with America's Struggle to Become a Nation (Student). This guide is filled with everything you need. It includes perforated tear out pages that include worksheets, quizzes, and tests. The answers keys are also included. We have done all the work for you. All you have to do is look at the lesson schedule and give your student that assignments for that day. It's that easy.
“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||Timeline of the Revolution (Teacher Guide)|
|Subtitle||Understanding the Foundations of Freedom|
|Contributors||Marilyn Boyer, Rick Boyer|
|Binding||Perfect Bound with Perforated 3-Hole Punched Pages|
|Publisher||New Leaf Publishing Group, Inc.|
|Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price||$14.99|
|Dimensions (in inches)||8 1/2 x 11|
Perfect addition to student book Review by Samantha
What did you think of this book?
The Timeline of The Revolution has been a fantastic addition for us. I love that it comes with a flexible schedule. The teacher books features weekly schedules that has two easy-to manage lessons that combine reading, worksheets, and vocabulary-building opportunities. The worksheets aren't long or over-whelming for the students. Of course you can choose to do them orally, or print the pages. If you do decide the print the pages, it's super easy. The worksheets, quizzes and tests are perforated and three-hole punched which makes it easy. Also, I love the flexibility the schedule offers. We use this curriculum four days a week and haven't had trouble at all adjusting the lesson plans to fit our schedule.
Also in the back of this book, you'll find Patriotic Song Lyrics:
My Country 'Tis of Thee
The Star Spangled Banner
America, The Beautiful
God of Our Fathers
Following the Patriotic Song Lyrics is a War of Independence Timeline which is a very nice feature.
Students will read the pages in their book and then complete each section of the Teacher Guide. They should be encouraged to complete as many of the activities and projects as possible. Tests are given at regular intervals with space to record each grade. If used with younger students, they may be given the option of only choosing activities or projects of interest to them and taking open book tests.
All in all we have been very pleased with Timeline of The Revolution curriculum.
**I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion** (Posted on 4/2/2016)