Throw a Party to Learn History

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #73, Throw a Party to Learn History with Meredith CurtisIn “Throw a Party to Learn History,” episode #073, Meredith Curtis shares with teens and their parents a fun way to learn history while enjoying life and making friends. We look for any excuse to throw a party in our house. Studying history? Let’s celebrate with fun and festivities. Meredith explains how much learning goes on in the process of planning a party and how to keep things as simple as possible. Join us and learn to enjoy history the fun way!

 

 

 

 

 


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Show Notes

I love history!

I even pick up history textbooks and read them for fun. There! I admitted it!

How about you? Do you love history?

However, not every teen is born loving history. So, I have looked for ways to bring history alive. We read historical fiction, make timelines, look at maps, watch movies, make crafts, time travel in the kitchen,  create radio dramas, and write poetry.

We also throw parties to study history!

Yes, we do!

We have had medieval banquets, archaeology digs, luaus, 1950s sock hops, Victorian teas, and Ancient Greek Olympics.

Is that a lot of work you ask.

Well, yes and no. We love parties, so I am motivated if it means people I like, good food, and lots of wholesome fun! My kids love parties, too.

How We Learn History by Planning a Party

We have to research history to create an authentic experience. We dig deeper than normal to find out what they wore, what they ate, exactly what they did, where they did it, and why they did it.

When we planned our Ancient Greek Olympics, we learned that the games were a form of worship to their idol/gods. They opened each day by committing everything to one or more of the idol/gods or idol/goddesses. We decided to open our ceremonies in prayer and commit the whole event to Jesus. Then we learned about all the events and how they competed. In the process, we learned about Greek city-states and their relationships with one another. We discovered some funny stories along the way.

The same thing happed when we planned our medieval banquet. We learned all about nobility and the different titles to discover who would sit “above the salt.” We also learned about knights, jousting, and tournaments, even though we ended up using pool noodles for our own jousting tournament.

History Party Ideas 

Ancient Times: Archaeology Dig, Ancient Greek Olympics, Passover Feast,

Middle Ages: Medieval Banquet,  Morality Play & Pageant

Modern Times: Luau, Victorian Tea, Sock Hop (1850s), Square Dance (wild west), Come as Your Favorite Decade Party (20th Century), Miniature Golf Tournament (1920s), Disco Dance (1970s), English Country Dance (1700s)

How to Plan a History Party

  • Plan the time and day
  • Choose location (keep in mind how many people will be coming and the weather if it’s outside)
  • Plan Outfits (it’s always fun to dress up)
  • Plan Decorations
  • Plan Activities
  • Create a Flexible Timetable
  • Plan the Menu
  • Put one person in charge of the flow of the event

Making It Work

Delegate where you can

  • Put one person in charge of the flow of the event
  • Put one person in charge of set up/decorating
  • Put one person in charge of tear down/clean up
  • Put one person in charge of the menu/sign-up

Have everyone pitch in

  • Borrow decorations (we gather everyone’s wooden salad bowls for our medieval banquet)
  • Let everyone who come bring food
  • If everyone helps set up and clean up, it will go much quicker

Remember that we all have an imagination. I created a huge meatloaf because we couldn’t afford to roast a whole pig. Even though the meatloaf looked like Alf (an old TV character), I told everyone to imagine it was a roasted pig. We still laugh about the Alf meatloaf today.

Resources for History Parties Ideas & Recipes  

Quick & EZ Unit Study Fun by Meredith CurtisLet's Have Our Own Archaeological Dig by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions, Inc.Let's Have Our Own Medieval Banquet by Meredith CurtisLet's Have Our Own Olympic Games by Meredith Curtis

Travel God's World Cookbook by Meredith CurtisAncient History Cookbook by Meredith CurtisAmerican History Cookbook by Meredith Curtis


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Our British Heritage

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #072, Our British Heritage with Meredith CurtisIn “Our British Heritage,” episode #072, Meredith Curtis takes you back in time to lay a pre-American history foundation. Our heritage of liberty and protected God-given rights didn’t originate in the 13 colonies. Explore our British heritage and learn some life lessons along the way.

 

 

 

 

 


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Show Notes

The British Isle Before & After the Battle of Hastings

Anglo-Saxon Until William Or Normandy Invades

Tribal with One Leader for War

Witan, Council of Nobility & Pastors

Localized Decision Making

Changes with William of Normandy

Serfs/Lord of the Manor

 

Magna Charta

Robin Hood

Good King Richard the LionHeart

King John

Trial By Jury/ No Taxation without Representation/ Habeus Corpus/Own Private Property

 

British Common Law

Passed Down Generation to Generation

Based on Word of God

These Laws Protect Private Property, Marriage, People from Physical Harm, Face Accusers When Charged with a Crime.

No Murder, no stealing, no Breach of Contact

Henry II Established a Court System (1100s)

 

Fall of Constantinople

Two Roman Empires (West/Roman & East/Byzantine)

Turks Conquered Constantinople 1453

Monks, Scholars, Priests Fled to Florence

Birth of the Renaissance

Printing Press

 

100 Years War

Fought from  1337 to 1453

English War with France over Throne (Joan of Arc)

Before 100 Years War, England & France Intertwined

After 100 Years War, Disconnected

Gunpowder

War of the Roses

Two Years Later

Fought in 1400 /1455 to 1485

Renaissance 1300 to 1600

Bloody Civil War Over The Throne

Lancaster Rose Red, York Rose White

 

Tudors Won

Combined Roses

Henry VIII

Edward VI, British Josiah

Lady Jane Grey

Mary I (Bloody Mary)

Elizabeth I

 

The Reformation

Corruption of Roman Catholic Church

October 31, 1517, Martin Luther Posted 95 Thesis on Whittenburg Door

Reformation swept through Northern Europe

New Protestant Denominations/ Puritan Work Ethic/

French Huguenots, Dutch Protestants Escaping Inquisition, English Separatists, German Moravians

 

 

American History & Literature Resources

American History CookbookFamilies Learning Together: American History Art Appreciation by Meredith Curtis CoverAmerican Literature & ResearchNewspaper Reporting by Meredith Curtis


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When Worldviews Collide

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #071, When Worldviews CollideIn “When Worldviews Collide,” Episode #071, Meredith Curtis explains how worldviews collide in our culture, especially on the college campus. She shares how she equipped her children to recognize worldviews in their professors and fellow students so that they could defend the Christian faith and share the Gospel. This doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Prepare now to recognize different worldviews and understand your own worldview. There are positive ways to share your worldview with gentleness and respect. Know the Truth, recognize deceit, understand the most common arguments each worldview uses, and defend the Truth. You can do it!

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Introduction: A Conversation on a College Campus about inclusivity and diversity

Hollywood’s Worldview

Disney’s Worldview

The World of Academia’s Worldview

How these worldviews infiltrate our Christian Worldview.

 

I explained each of the main worldviews in Finish Well Podcast “What is Your Worldview?” Episode #070. Be sure to listen to this podcast.

Summary of Worldviews.

How to Recognize Worldviews

Know the Truth

Recognize Deceit

Recognize Arguments Used & Buzzwords

Defend the Truth

 

How Taught/Learned Worldview

Early Years Christian Textbooks & Curriculum

Always Discussed False Information & Worldviews as They Occurred (Movies, Disney, TV Show, Extended Family)

Introduced Evolution and Other False Information & Worldviews in Middle School

Apologetics

Creation Science

Worldview Teaching: Understand the Times, How Then Shall We Live, Demolishing Strongholds, other books & DVDs

First Just Read Book, Then Started Class where we Role-Played, Made Up Skits, Discussed

Examine Movies, Shows, Books, Conversations for Worldview.  

 

The Fruit In My Teens’ Lives

Questions/Conversations

Conversations with Peers

Conversations with Professors

Talking In Class

 

To Parents:

Love & Obey the Truth

Know the Truth—Examine Your Teachings & Beliefs

Teach the Truth

  • Examine your Textbooks, Curriculum, & Other Resources
  • Use Materials from a Biblical Perspective
  • Counter Unbiblical Teaching in Textbooks, Shows, Movies, Disney, Documentaries

Teach Your Kids to Teach the Truth

  • Teach How to Respond in False Worldview Settings

 

To Teens:

Love & Obey the Truth

Know the Truth

Teach the Truth

Teach Others to Teach the Truth

 

 

Resources

Worldview: Understand the Times Workbook by Meredith Curtis

 

Books

Understanding the Times by David Noebel

How Then Shall We Live by Frances Schaeffer

More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell

 

DVDs

“How Then Shall We Live?” (Frances Schaeffer & Frankie Schaeffer)

“Demolishing Strongholds”

 

Ministries

Summit Ministries https://www.summit.org/

 

Resources

Worldview: Understand the Times Workbook by Meredith Curtis

https://powerlineprod.weebly.com/worldview.html

 

Books

Understanding the Times by David Noebel

How Then Shall We Live by Frances Schaeffer

More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell

 

DVDs

“How Then Shall We Live?” (Frances Schaeffer & Frankie Schaeffer)

“Demolishing Strongholds” (Answers in Genesis)

 

Ministries

Summit Ministries https://www.summit.org/

 

Curriculum From a Christian Worldview

High School Curriculum by Powerline Productions20th Century History Book by Powerline Productions, Inc.Teach History the Fun Way with books by Powerline Productions, Inc., Finish Well Radio, Podcast #049

What is Your Worldview?

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #070, What is Your Worldview?In “What is Your Worldview,” Episode #070, Meredith Curtis explains what worldview is and the basic worldviews we encounter in the world around us: Christian, Muslim, Secular Humanist, Marxist Communism, Cosmic Humanist, and Post-Modern. Once we understand where people who hold different worldviews are coming from, we can compare those worldviews to the Bible because God’s Word speaks to every area of life.. In a mixed-up culture, Meredith challenges you to  think like a Christian and take a stand for the Truth.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Daddy’s Yellow Sunglasses

 

Biblical Worldview

Based on the Bible and Faith In Jesus Christs

 

Theology

God Is, Personal, Love, Holiness, Trinity, Faith, Supernatural,

Ethics

Moral Absolutes,  Lex Rex

History

Linear, Creation, Fall, Redemption, Return, New Heaven & New Earth

Center of History is Jesus. All History Points Forward to Him or Back to Him.

Science & Nature

Creation, Kinds, Creator has Ownership Rights over Creation

Philosophy

Faith & Reason

Psychology

Mind/Body, Image of God, Original Sin

Sociology

Authority Delegated to Family, Church, Government, Traditional Family

Economics

Stewardship, Private Property

Law

Divine Law & Natural Law, Lex Rex

Government

Justice, Freedom, Order

 

Secular Humanism

Man is the Measure of All Things

Naturalism, Material World is All There Is

One World Government Trumps National Sovereignty

Tower of Babel “Look What We Can Do!”

 

Theology

Atheist

Ethics

Moral Relativism

History

Historical Evolution

Science & Nature

Evolution, Naturalism, Material World is All There Is

Philosophy

Naturalism

Psychology

Self-Actualization

Sociology

Non-Traditional Family

State

Economics

Socialism, Redistribute the Wealth

Law

Law is Evolving

Government

Socialist One-World Government

 

Marxist Communism

Redistribute the Wealth

History is the Struggle Between the Haves and Have Nots

Proletariat must Rise Up Against the Bourgeoisie

Common Good More Important than Individual

 

Theology

Atheist

History

History is Struggle between Haves & Have Nots

Science & Nature

Punctuated Evolution

Philosophy

Dialectical Materialism

Psychology

Behaviorism

Sociology

Classless Society,  Remove Family & Church

Economics

Socialism, Redistribute the Wealth

Law

Law is Evolving

Government

State Runs Peoples’ Lives, Communist World Government

 

Cosmic Humanist

New World Order

Hollywood (Beverly Hills Show illustrated how Far Eastern Religions Moving In)

All Roads Lead to God

God is Impersonal, Spiritual Force

Meditation, Trances, Hypnosis, Eastern Religion

 

Theology

Pantheism

Ethics

Moral Relativism, Karma

History

Evolutionary, Moving Toward godhead

Science & Nature

Cosmic Evolution

Philosophy

Non-Naturalism

Psychology

Higher Consciousness

Sociology

Non-Traditional Family

State

Economics

Socialism, Distribute the Wealth

Law

Self-Law “If it feels good…”

Government

Self-Government, New World Order

 

Muslim

“Allah is god, Mohammed is his prophet”

God is Creator, Judge

Man not Fallen, no Original Sin

Works Oriented

Polygamy

Jihad

 

Theology

Theistic, No Trinity

Ethics

Moral Absolutes

History

Determinism (Fatalistic), Jihad

Science & Nature

Creationism

Philosophy

Faith & Reason

Psychology

Mind/Body, No Original SIn

Sociology

Mosque, Islamic State, Polygamy, Disrespect of Women

Economics

Stewardship of Property

Law

Shariah Law

Government

Islamic Theocracy (Global Islam)

 

Post-Modernism

Question Everything

No Ultimate Truth

Cultural Relativism

Follow Your Heart

What’s Good for You

What’s Right for You

Question Authority

 

Theology

Atheism

Ethics

Cultural Relativism

History

Multiple Perspectives on History, Not Interested in What Really Happened

Science & Nature

Punctuated Evolution

Philosophy

Anti-Realism

Psychology

Socially-Constructed Selves

Sociology

Sexual Egalitarianism

Economics

Interventionism

Law

Critical Legal Studies, Evolving

Government

Resist Realism Concepts of Power

 

Okay, so what is your worldview?

Does it line up with the Word of God?

Or have you been buying in to the devil’s lies?

 

Resources

Worldview: Understand the Times Workbook by Meredith Curtis

https://powerlineprod.weebly.com/worldview.html

 

Books

Understanding the Times by David Noebel

How Then Shall We Live by Frances Schaeffer

More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell

 

DVDs

“How Then Shall We Live?” (Frances Schaeffer & Frankie Schaeffer)

“Demolishing Strongholds” (Answers in Genesis)

 

Ministries

Summit Ministries https://www.summit.org/

 

Curriculum From a Christian Worldview

High School Curriculum by Powerline Productions20th Century History Books by Powerline Productions, Inc.Teach History the Fun Way with books by Powerline Productions, Inc., Finish Well Radio, Podcast #049

The Kitchen Explosion

Finish Well Radio Show, Podcast #069, The Kitchen ExplosionIn “The Kitchen Explosion,” Episode #069, you will get an inside look at a bustling high-energy homeschooling family. Sometimes in an attempt to make history come alive, I, Meredith Curtis have gone too far. How about you? Have you stepped out with enthusiasm only to have to call the fire department? Should we play it safe or step out with courage to live the adventure? I think learning should be fun and exciting! There is so much to learn everywhere, every day. Even if sometimes, there is an explosion in the kitchen.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Studying 100 Years War. Wanted to Make it Come Alive.  Gunpowder. Smoky fields.

Making Smoke Bombs. Didn’t realize how dangerous. Pretty pink flame and KABOOM!

Just to make it clear: I believe in safety.

 

The Quest for Adventure

Instilled in us by the Lord who is the God of the Adventure Story.

The Flood, The Tower, Elijah and the Prophets of Baal, Fiery Furnace, Daniel in the Lion’s Den, Lazarus, The Resurrection.

 

Try Something New

Fly an Airplane

Pick Up an Instrument

Write a song….or a poem….or a novel

Pets (Cat Show, Skipper)

 

Do It a Different Way

Painting a Map on the Bathroom Wall

Make a Website

Interview Someone Who Was There

Make a Radio Show

 

Get Your Hands Dirty

Dissections. Yuck!

My labs in college.

Panning for Gold.

Gardening

 

Travel

Learning Never Takes a Vacation.

Sand Crab Hunting

Sea World Passes

Teddy Roosevelt’s House Sagamore Hill, NY

Let’s Stop in Puerto Rice on the Way to Pittsburgh

 

Parties

Medieval Banquet

Luau

Victorian Teas

Olympic Games

Passover Feast

Sock Hop

Literary Party

ENOUGH! We Are Free!

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #068, Enough! We are Free!In “ENOUGH! We are Free!,” Episode #068, Meredith Curtis explains how one event led to another, resulting in our Founding Fathers declaring our Independence. If you are hazy on the details of events leading to the day we celebrate, July 4, 1776, where Ben Franklin declared, “Well, we either all hang together or we’ll all hang separately” and John Hancock signed his lavish signature big and bold, saying, “There now the king can read it without his spectacles!” join us. Meredith shows how the Great Awakening, the French and Indian War, the Proclamation Line of 1763, the Boston Massacre, the seizure of the Liberty, the Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere’s Ride, Patrick Henry’s Speech, the Battles of Lexington and Concord, and more led to our Founding Fathers deciding, “Enough! We are declaring ourselves to be a free and independent nation with God’s help.” Take a whirlwind tour of several decades culminating in the signing of our precious Declaration of Independence.

 

 


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Show Notes

Our history is British. The 13 American colonies who became the United States of America were all British colonies.

English Common Law

Rights that Englishmen enjoyed:

  • representative government
  • trial by a jury of peers
  • accused faces accusers
  • protection of private property
  • everyone from King to peasant accountable to God and the law of the land

Colonial Autonomy

Colonists from the beginning enjoyed a large amount of freedom and self-government.

  • The Pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact
  • the Massachusetts Bay Company stockholders who made decisions for the colony all lived in Boston
  • New England enjoyed town hall meetings
  • Virginians elected representatives who enjoyed autonomy

Great Awakening

Revival brought unity that crossed denominational lines that often separate people. Revival erased the division of colony boundaries.

French & Indian War

Trained the colonists for war, taught them to work together against a common enemy.

Big problem: The British soldiers would not go home.

Proclamation Line of 1763

To keep their word to the Native Americans who fought on the side of the British, Parliament passed a law protecting land west of the Proclamation Line of 1763 for the Native Americans.

Taxes

Parliament taxed the American colonists here, there, and everywhere. Most of it was to pay off the debt from the French and Indian War, but some was just because they could.

Representatives from several colonies also met together and sent a protest letter to the king. In 1766, Founding Father Ben Franklin traveled to London, appearing before Parliament, asking them to repeal the Stamp Act.

Repeal the Stamp Act they did. However, the passed the Declaratory Act right away saying, “we can pass any law we want to in the colonies!” It was like a slap in the face. British citizens were supposed to have representation. The cry began, “No taxation without representation!”

The New York Assembly voted to ignore the Quartering Act on December 15, 1766. They refused to fund the British soldiers. Outraged, King George III, disbanded the New York Assembly. Things were heating up!

Mercantilism

Mercantilism, or using protectionism to restrict trade in the colonies in order to fill the Mother country’s treasury, was practiced by Great Britain. They outlawed free trade, dictated who the colonists could buy from, levied high tariffs, and taxed whatever they could. The colonists believed in Free-Market economics and freedom of choice, so mercantilism frustrated them.

Boston Massacre 1770

Some British colonists forgot a very important truth: it’s not wise to through rocks at someone holding a gun who has the legal right to use it. This incident, however, inflamed anger throughout all 13 colonies.

Committees of Correspondence 1772

An unfortunate event led to colonists being taken back to England to stand trial. This violated their rights as Englishmen to a jury of their peers. Committees of Correspondence were started to protect towns from invasive government trampling on individual rights.

Sons of Liberty

The Sons of Liberty was founded in Boston in 1765 to fight the Stamp Act. It grew into all 13 colonies to fight for protection of the colonists rights as Englishmen. Sons of Liberty included Samuel Adams, Benedict Arnold, John Hancock, Patrick Henry, James Otis, Jr., Paul Revere, James Swan, Alexander McDougall, Benjamin Rush, Charles Thompson, Joseph Warren, Marinus Willet, Oliver Wolcott, Christopher Gadsden, Haym Salomon, Hercules Mulligan, Thomas Melville, and Isaac Sears.

Who was John Hancock?

John Hancock was a wealthy merchant in Boston. His ship Liberty was seized in 1768. He was a Son of Liberty. He served as President of the Second Continental Congress and first and third governor of Massachusetts.

Who was Samuel Adams?

Sam Adams was a politician in Boston who worked tirelessly for freedom as a Son of Liberty. He was a member of the Continental Congresses and served as fourth governor of Massachusetts.

Boston Tea Party 1773

John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and other Sons of Liberty dressed up as Native Americans, stormed a British ship and tossed all the cargo (tea) into the Boston Harbor, created one large pot of tea.

Closing Boston Port March 1774

As punishment for the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Harbor was closed to all but British military ships. As you can imagine, businesses were sunk! This affected almost every family in Boston in a negative way.

First Continental Congress September 1774

“We’ve had enough!” colonial leaders decided and met together to appeal to King George III and Parliament. They did three things:

  1. A Declaration of Rights (Freedom of trial by jury of peers, freedom of assembly, and freedom to representative if they were taxed)
  2. Organized a Boycott of British Goods
  3. Declared that if Patriots were attacked, they would defend themselves

Compromise Feb 1775

In January of 1775, Parliament considered the appeal from the First Continental Congress, eventually deciding to ease up on some of the taxes and give in on other issues by February.

Patrick Henry Speech March 1775

Meanwhile down in Virginia, the House of Burgesses had been disbanded by the Royal Governor, so they met in secret at a church. They were discussing the need to raise a volunteer calvary and infantry in every Virginia county when Patrick Henry gave his famous “Give Me Liberty or Give me Death” speech. The delegates sat in contemplative silence after the speech and the resolution passed.

Looking for Sam & John April 1775

General Gage was ordered to use whatever force is necessary to enforce the laws on April 14 and to confiscate militia weapons. He was to disarm the rebels and arrest key leaders like Sam Adams and John Hancock.

Paul Revere’s Ride

Sons of Liberty intercepted the British plans to capture Sam and John, as well as the colonists stockpile of weapons. Paul Revere and John Dawes were sent on different routes to warn, “The British are coming!” Sam and John escaped and the weapons were moved to a new location. However, …

Battle of Lexington

In Lexington, Captain John Parker gathered the Militia and Minutemen to prepare for battle. The British arrived at sunrise the next day. A few shots were exchanged between the Militia and the British troops, driving the Americans away. Eight Americans were dead and ten wounded. Only one British soldier was injured. On to Concord.

Battle of Concord

As the British entered Concord, the Americans fell back, taking up position on a hill across North Bridge. The British roamed through Concord looking for guns and military supplies. They destroyed three canons and some gunpowder.

In the meantime, reinforcements arrived, so the Americans advanced toward the British. American Colonel James Barrett led his men to engage the British and send them fleeing. They regrouped and headed back to Boston.

As the British headed back to Boston through Lexington, the Militia engaged them along the way. It was a bloody march back to Boston for the British.

Second Continental Congress

On May 10, 1775, representatives from all 13 colonies arrived in Philadelphia for the Second Continental Congress. They moved step-by-step toward independence, writing and signing the Declaration of Independence in 1776. They managed the military effort in the Revolutionary War and wrote the Articles of Confederation.

Declaration of Independence

On July 2, Richard Henry Lee, a representative from Virginia, urged the Continental Convention to declare themselves free from Great Britain. On July 4, 1776, the colonists signed the Declaration of Independence, doing just what Richard Henry Lee urged. This was a firm declaration that the colonies were now a free country.

Our own Declaration of Independence

Galatians 5:1

It is for freedom we have been set free. This fourth of July, it’s time to sign your own Declaration of Independence.

Resources

American History TimelineAmerican History CookbookFamilies Learning Together: American History Art AppreciationAmerican Literature & Research


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1,001 Homeschool Days at the Beach

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #067, 1,001 Homeschool Days at the BeachIn “Homeschool at the Beach,” Episode #067, Meredith Curtis & Laura Nolette take you back in time to 1,001 homeschooling days spent at the beach and share what they explored and discovered about sand, ocean, marine life, tide pools, crabs, shells, tides, sunburns, swimming, and water safety.  So, next time, you decide to homeschool at the beach, don’t feel guilty! There are so many ways to teach geography, marine biology, oceanography, architecture, health, safety, and earth science lessons at the beach. Best of all, you can rest, relax, and play.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Let’s go back in time to the year 2000. We were two thirty-something moms who loved the beach and had nine children between us. And so the adventure began. And continued. We have logged many hours at the beach.

“Finish Math and let’s go to the beach!”

 

Marine Biology Observation

Bird watching

Dolphin sighting

Manatee sighting

Shark sighting

Fish in the water

Exploring around on the shore

Crab Hunting at Night with Flashlights

 

Marine Biology

Sea Life: Seaweed, Crabs, Sea Stars, Jellyfish, Fish, Hermit crabs, Mole Crabs

Beach Grass

 

Oceanography

Low Tide/High Tide moving stuff for tides

Currents

Rip Tides

Ingredients of Sand

Shell Collecting (What animal lived in this shell)

 

Earth Science

Erosion of Sand on rocks and shells and driftwood

Beach Erosion after Storms

 

Architecture

Bridges

Draw Bridges

Sand Castles (dealing with water drainage, etc.)

Bridges (Over Intercoastal Waterway)

Lighthouses (Ponce Inlet)

Beach Houses (notice how they are designed to protect from flooding)

Fort at Saint Augustine

 

History

Treasure Coast Museum

Ponce de Leon Lighthouse Museum

Saint Augustine Fort

Saint Augustine

 

Geography

Mapping Route to Beach

Looking at Maps of Beach for Inlets, Harbors, Islands, etc.

Landforms: Ocean, Shore, Rivers

Sand Dunes

 

Human Anatomy/Health/Safety

Burying One Another in the Sand

Water Safety

Rip Tide Safety

First Aid (e.g. Jelly Fish Sting)

Tanning, Skin Care, Skin Protection, Sunburn First Aid

 

Food & Nutrition

Planning & Packing Lunches, Snacks, Drinks for Hydration

 

Art

Sand as a Medium/Building Sand Castles

Photography of Nature

Photography of People

Scrapbook the Memories

 

Collections

Shell Collecting

 

Character/Leadership

Packing for the Beach

Serving (carrying stuff, setting stuff up)

Leadership (getting things ready to go, packing up when they leave)

 

P.E.

Climb Lighthouse

Walk Along the Beach

Frisbee, Touch Football, Paddle Ball

Swim, Body Surfing, Surfing, Skim Boarding

 

Homeschool Resources

Quick & EZ Unit Study Fun by Meredith CurtisJoyful and Successful Homeschooling by Meredith CurtisSeven R's of Homeschooling by Meredith CurtisUnlocking the Mystery of Homeschooling High School by Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette

 

 

 

 

 

 


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What Dads Need Most in a Family

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #066, What Dads Need Most in a FamilyIn “What Dads Need Most in a Family,” Episode #066, Meredith Curtis gives sons, daughters, wives, and mothers insight into what Dads really need to be successful in serving Jesus, leading their home, and loving their families. Do you want to see your husband, father, sons, and other men in your life be successful in what God has called them to do? Meredith and Laura will give you principles that work and give you tips on how to apply these principles in real life. What a great way to show love to the men in your life!

 

 

 

 


Proverbs 1:5 by Laura Nolette and Powerline Productions, Inc.Proclaiming Jesus through Bible Studies, Classes, Websites, Blogs, and Podcasts!

 

 

 

 

 


Show Notes

What men need from their wives, children, and other important people in their lives is respect, listening, and freedom to lead.

 

Respect

Ephesians 5:33: “The wife must see to it that she respects her husband.”

Respect is more important to a man than love; in fact, respect communicates love to a man.

 

Listen

Proverbs 1:5: “A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel.”

Listening to a father’s counsel communicates respect to him and benefits to you.

 

Follow

Dad can’t lead if no one follows.

How do we interact with Dad?

Things NOT to do: Rate his leadership, talk about him negatively to Mom, siblings, and others, feel superior to him.

 

Special Word to Children & Teens

Something magnificent about Daddies 😊

Proverbs 17:6: “Grandchildren are the crown of old men, And the glory of sons is their fathers.”

Devil’s Plan: Brokeness.

God’s Plan: Hearts Unified.

Malachi 4:6: “He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.”

Autonomy/Freedom to submit.

Protection.

Hebrews 12:9: “Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?”

Respecting our fathers is a small picture of how we are to respond to the Lord.

 

Special Word to Wives

Ephesians 5:33: “The wife must see to it that she respects her husband.”

Husband’s Role to Lead and ours to follow.

Autonomy. Freedom to submit & follow.

Protection.

Your Husband is not a woman; don’t expect him to be your girlfriend.

 

Special Word to Moms

Ephesians 6:4: ”Do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”

Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Merey: Raising Confident Men

Laura: Affirming my Grown Son who’s a Dad

 

Special words to friends.

 

Home & Family Resources

Joyful and Successful Homeschooling by Meredith CurtisUnlocking the Mystery of Homeschooling High School by Meredith Curtis and Laura NoletteJesus Fill My Heart and Home by Meredith CurtisGod's Girls Brand New Life Bible Study

Real Men 101: Godly ManhoodGod's Girls 101: Grow in ChristReal Men 102: Freedom, Courtship, Marriage, & FamilyGod's Girls 103: Courship, Marriage, and the Christian Family High School Class

Real Men 103: LeadershipGod's Girls 105: Homemaking by Meredith CurtisReal Men Talk About Freedom, Girls, & MarriageGod's Girls Talk About Guys, Virtue, & Marriage

 

Fight Fair

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #065, Fight FairIn “Fight Fair,” Episode #065, Meredith Curtis reveals the truth: Conflict is inevitable, but yelling, screaming, and saying things you regret is not. Meredith will teach you to argue without raising your voices, disagree without becoming enemies, work through conflict to achieve win/win, and forgive one another after the dust has settled. This biblical method found in Matthew 18, Proverbs, and James works! It can work in your household, too.

 

 

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Conflict. Every marriage has it. Every set of siblings engages in it. Conflict is a fact of life.
You won’t be able to remove conflict from your home, but you can change how conflict is handled.

Why Do We Experience Conflict in Relationships?

Proverbs 18:1: “An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends and against all sound judgment starts quarrels.”

James 4:1-3: “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”

We experience conflict because we struggle to resist selfishness and greed in our own hearts. Our agenda becomes more important than others’. We experience conflict because we indulge our flesh, instead of looking to Jesus.

Our only hope to avoid conflict is to surrender to Jesus.

Know When to Drop It

The most important thing to learn is to learn when to drop something before a fight ensues. Pride and anger often cause things to escalate quickly.

Proverbs 15:18 “A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.”

Proverbs 17:14: “Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.”

Proverbs 20:3: “It is to one’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.”

Examine some old conflicts. How did they escalate? What could have been done to stop them from escalating into a quarrel?

Disagree with Kindness & Respect

A disagreement is when two people see things from a different perspective or have different goals.

Sometimes one person is all wrong and the other is all right, but often there is fault on both sides.

Humility keeps things from becoming ugly.

Proverbs 22:10: “Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.”

Matthew 18:15: “ If your brother or sister[ sins,[go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.”

Disagree without becoming enemies. Come with humility, asking questions.

Work Through Conflict Successfully

Keep it between the two of you.

Proverbs 26:17: “Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own.”

Don’t involve others through gossip. Only bring in a third person if you two can’t work it out.

If children can’t work it out, that third person should be a sibling.

Win/Win. Let your motive be for the other person’s best, as well as your own.

Philippians 2:1-4: “Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”

Forgive One Another

When conflict is over, forgive and move on. Jesus separates our sin as far as the east from the west.

Don’t get historical.

Matthew 18:21-35 Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

Cancel debts.

Resources to Grow in Christ for Everyone

23 Ways to Honor Mom for Sons & Daughters of All Ages

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #064, 23 Ways to Honor Mom for Sons & Daughters of All AgesIn “23 Ways to Honor Mom for Sons & Daughters of All Ages” Episode #064, Meredith Curtis explains clearly why it is in our best interest to honor our parents. Meredith addresses how to forgive Moms who have inflicted hurts and pain.  She also gives 21 ways to honor your mother on special occasions and ordinary days. This show is for teens and their parents—well, really for anyone who has a Mom!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Colossians 1:28 by Laura Nolette and Powerline Productions, Inc.Proclaiming Jesus through Bible Studies, Classes, Websites, Blogs, and Podcasts!

 

 

 

 


Show Notes

Mother’s Day. A time to honor Moms. What does that mean anyway? Does it matter?

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth” (Ephesians 6:1-3 NASB).

What does it mean to honor your mother after you are grown up and on your own?

What does it mean to honor your mother when you are still living in her home?

With Mother Day coming up, we think of doing special things to honor our Mommas. Here are some special things, but also things you can do any time or all the time.

Treat Her with Kindness

Gracious words, kind actions, smile

Resolve Past Hurts and Start Fresh

If nothing else, be grateful she chose Life

Forgive Her Compassionately

No one sets out to be a terrible mother.

Talk to Her Regularly

Tell her about your day and your life, For Older Moms, call once a week

Flowers

Bouquet, Plant a Garden, Potted Flowering Plant

Make a Ceramic or Plaster Imprint of Children or Grandchildren’s Hands

Beezie story

Make Her a Booklet Filled with Photos, Scriptures, & Notes

Scrapbook, Photobook, Cardstock

Cook Mom a Meal

Breakfast in Bed, Dinner by Candlelight, Lunch in the Garden, Picnic at the Park

Take Mom out for the Afternoon

Antiquing, shopping, to the movies, to a museum, to a botanical garden

Give Her a Tea Party

China teacups, lace doilies, tea sandwiches, sweet treats

Write a Poem

 

Write a Short Story with your Mom as the Main Character

 

Seek Her Wisdom

Respect Her Opinion & Ask For It

Listen to Her Stories about the Good Ole Days

Ask questions, laugh, delve deeper

Pray for Her Every Day in Your Personal Prayer Times

Ask her what she needs prayer for every so often so you can pray effectively

Tell Her One Thing She Did Right

She probably knows and cries over the things she did wrong

Take a Long Walk with Her

Around the block, at the beach

Buy Her a Bible Study

Topical, Book, Series

Buy Her a Book in Her Favorite Series or Genre

Inspirational, Biography, Mysteries, Historical Fiction, Histories

Serve Her

Rub her feet, rub her back, wash her dishes, mend some clothing, fold her laundry

Esteem Her Publicly & Privately

Speak well of her

Remember Her Gratefully

This is practice for when she is gone and you would do anything to have her back

Advance Her Legacy

If there is something wonderful to passed on to you, keep it going to the next generation

 

Great Gifts for Moms

Jesus Fill My Heart and Home by Meredith CurtisFriends to the EndLovely to BeholdA Wise Woman Builds Bible Study Workbook
Maggie King Mysteries: Drug Dealers' Deadly Disguise by Meredith CurtiMaggie King Mysteries: Legend of the Candy Cane Murder by Meredith CurtisMaggie King Mysteries: War of the Roses Mystery by Meredith CurtisMaggie King Mysteries: Murder in the Mountains by Meredith Curtis

Resources for Growing In Virtue for Sons & Daughters

Bible GatewayMaking of Real MenReal Men Talk About Freedom, Girls, & MarriageReal Men Build Bible Study Workbook

Real Men 101: Godly ManhoodReal Men 102: Freedom, Courtship, Marriage, & FamilyReal Men 103: LeadershipGreat Commission Course by Meredith Curtis

God's Girls Brand New Life Bible StudyGod's Girls Talk About Guys, Virtue, & MarriageGod's Girls Beauty SecretsGod's Girls: Friends to the End

God's Girls 101: Grow in ChristGod's Girls 103: Courship, Marriage, and the Christian Family High School ClassGod's Girls 105: Homemaking by Meredith CurtisA Wise Woman Builds Bible Study Workbook