10 Reasons Abortion is the Most Important Issue in the 2020 Election

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #121, 10 Reasons Abortion is the Most Important Issue in the 2020 Election, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

10 Reasons Abortion is the Most Important Issue in the 2020 Election

In “10 Reasons Abortion is the Most Important Issue in the 2020 Election,” Episode, #121, Meredith Curtis shares why the most important thing about a candidate is not just his or her stance on abortion, but what the candidate will do to put an end to the taking of innocent life in our nation. Meredith explains how abortion derives the unborn of their civil rights, takes innocent lives, damages relationships, avoids responsibility, harms the national conscious, and devalues human life for all citizens.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

There are so many issues in this election, but I am convinced abortion is the single most important issue.

A Candidates Stand on Abortion

I only vote pro-life and here’s why.

How a candidate deals with the abortion issue tells me about his moral integrity and depth of leadership.

Abortion Is

  • Morally wrong
  • The Taking of an Innocent Human Life
  • A Message to All People that they are not inherently valuable

A Nation That Kills the Innocent Will Suffer

A nation that kills the innocent will not go unpunished.

There is bad fruit that follows abortion: infanticide, euthanasia, cancel culture, rioting, looting, murder.

Turns morals upside-down

Who Gives our Civil Rights?

God, not government

Who Protects Rights?

Government is called to protect the rights God has given. Those rights don’t change because the government changes his mind.

  • Free speech
  • Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
  • Right to bear arms
  • Trial by jury

Rights of Unborn Human Beings

Children in the womb have rights before the Lord. How is abortion considered a right when it takes a life?

Abortion Harms Women

We talk so much about empowering women, women who have abortions suffer from incredible emotional pain.

Abortion Damages Relationships

“How could you kill my child?”

“How could you want to kill your child?”

Should we let our child live or die? If you would kills your baby, am I safe with you? If you want me to kill our baby, am I safe with you?

Abortion takes the security out of relationships.

Abortion Avoids Responsibility

One thing that we face in our nation is the socialist/communist agenda that wants to destroy the family. But does it really start with socialism and communism?

The family is God’s idea. From the time of creation, satan has tried to destroy the family.

When we move out of God’s created order (men becoming providers, marrying women, having a family, staying married for life), we create a bunch of people enjoying forbidden fruit without taking any responsibility. You can see the quality of adults our culture of promiscuity is producing.

Abortion Harms the National Conscious

Abortion skews our moral compass. We instinctively know abortion is wrong, but folks deceive themselves into acting like abortion is okay.

There is already talk of legalized pedophilia. When we degrade ourselves, the degradation moves forward like an avalanche.

Abortion Devalues Life for All Citizens

People are valuable because they are made in the image of God. When a person can be killed arbitrarily, it sends a message to all that they have no value.

Candidate’s Moral Integrity

Do you trust a politician that does not do anything in his or her power to protect the innocent?

Candidate’s Leadership

Is your candidate wanting to enjoy political power or lead with moral integrity (do the right thing!)

 

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Why I Wrote My Own Government Course

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #120, Why I Wrote My Own Government Course, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Why I Wrote My Own Government Course

In “Why I Wrote a Government Course,” Episode, #120, Meredith Curtis shares her homeschool journey in search a government course that would impart earnest wisdom into her children’s hearts and lives. She finally decided to design her own course, Government, God’s Blueprint/Man’s Agenda—a little bit textbook, a little bit unit study, and a little bit notebook. Her 1-credit high school government course has a fresh, innovative approach based on the truth revealed in God’s Word that all government derives from Him and that the Lord delegates authority and responsibility to the individual, family, church, and sovereign nations. We are in critical times, where preteens and teens need to learn about God’s heart and plan for ruling in all spheres of life!

Show Notes

Homeschooling since 1991, I have read many government textbooks! While many were excellent, they didn’t have everything I was looking for, so I wrote my own government textbook/unit study/notebook.

What I Want:

I want my children …

  • to understand how government, politics, and elections work in the United States and around the world. I want them to discover what the Bible has to say about authority/responsibility
  • to see how all authority belongs to God and He is the One who delegates it
  • to be interested in politics and current events; to pray powerful prayers that change history!
  • to discuss government and politics with others, at least in our family.
  • to read classics on law and government.
  • to have fun doing it! And remember what they learn.

I also want my teens to learn about state visits, jury trials, the military, and national revival. It would be nice to work on a campaign, to read classic law and government books, and to have some fun hands-on learning experiences.

The Problem:

I couldn’t find what I wanted. I found great government textbooks, but they didn’t talk about the family, the individual, and the church. I found many textbooks that were packed with great information, but were dry and frankly, a little boring.

The Solution:

I will write my own. It will be a little like a unit study, a little like a textbook, and a little like a notebook. So I wrote Government: God’s Blueprint/Man’s Agenda!

Government: God’s Blueprint/Man’s Agenda

How Government: God’s Blueprint/Man’s Agenda is Unique

  • Text is written in conversational style like we were drinking coffee and talking
  • Course is written with a Christian worldview from a Conservative perspective
  • Amazing list of classic/modern living books to choose from each month
  • Hands-on/Fun learning: plan & host a state dinner, role-play, help with a political campaign, visit a jury trial, act out a jury trial, plan a political campaign, design promotional media for a political campaign
  • Current events worksheets and time to pray together about what’s going on in the world
  • 2 leaders/month highlighted to inspire my children to greatness
  • Incredible list of optional videos, including a few cartoons

How Government: God’s Blueprint/Man’s Agenda is Set Up

Class/Family time 3 or 4 times a month to discuss, watch a video, and enjoy hands-on learning

Independent work weekly

  • Week 1: hero, current events, notebooking, start classic book
  • Week 2: Government reading, Self-government (manners) reading, notebooking,
  • Week 3: hero, current events, notebooking, finish classic book & fill in book report sheet
  • Week 4: Government reading, Self-government (manners) reading, notebooking

Family Field Trips: Help with political campaign, jury trial, courthouse, etc.

Who is This Book Written For?

Government: God’s Blueprint/Man’s Agenda is written for teens, preteens, families, homeschool co-ops. It’s set up so that younger siblings can join in for family time each week.

The living book suggestions contain books at different reading levels from middle school to high school. This is a 1-credit high school course, but it’s written clearly enough for a middle school student to enjoy the course and learn everything!

What are Some of the Topics Covered in Government: God’s Blueprint/Man’s Agenda?

  • The Source of Government
  • Self-Government/Manners
  • Jesus Christ
  • Kinds of Government
  • King Alfred
  • Slavery
  • Cicero
  • Law is King
  • State Visits & State Dinners
  • The Story of Liberty
  • Abolitionists
  • William Wilberforce
  • Story of Liberty in the USA
  • William Bradford
  • The USA Constitution
  • The Executive Branch
  • Legislative Branch
  • Justice
  • Judicial Branch
  • USA Constitution II
  • Diplomacy, Ambassadors, Spies
  • George Washington
  • State/Local/County Government
  • Calvin Coolidge
  • Immigration
  • Elections
  • Electoral College
  • Political Campaign
  • Ronald Reagan
  • Resolving Conflict
  • Military
  • Winston Churchill
  • How Do We Pay for Everything?
  • IRS
  • Federal Reserve Bank
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Wise Counsel
  • Robert Bork
  • The Media
  • Oliver Cromwell
  • John Bunyan
  • John Milton
  • Daniel Defoe
  • Leadership
  • Education
  • Noah Webster
  • Horace Mann
  • John Winthrop
  • Judgment and Revival
  • Billy Graham

How Government: God’s Blueprint/Man’s Agenda Solved My Problem

Now, preteens and teens are not just learning about government, politics, and elections; they are being immersed in it.

How Can You Create Your Own Government Course?

List everything you want to include:

  • Books
  • Videos
  • Topics
  • Hands-On Projects
  • News, Current Events
  • Field Trips

Then sort everything out over your semester or school year. Or use my course! 

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Add Humanities to Your Home School

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Add Humanities to Your Home School

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Show Notes

Humanities and education

What are Humanities?

Art, music, literature, economics, government, philosophy, religion, architecture, and theology

Add Art

Art Appreciation

Creating Art in imitation

Add Music

Music Appreciation: List to audio/ Attend Concert

Play music from time period or country on piano, guitar

Sing Songs

Try dancing (e.g. Old English Country Dancing, Twist, Salsa)

Add Art

Art Appreciation

Creating Art in imitation

Add Economics

Exchange Rate from country to country

Economic philosophy/international trade (compare Phoenicians to Sparta)

Natural Resources (Gold in South Africa & Venezuela)

Companies/Businesses (Nestle, Lego, Paddington Bear, KLM, Aldi)

Add Government

Kind of Government: Dictatorship, Communist, Republic, Pure Democracy, Anarchy)

Excellent Government Leaders (King Alfred, Wilberforce)

Add Philosophy

How philosophers impact later generations (Marx, Freud, Locke, Bacon)

Add Religion

Religions in a Country

Response to the Gospel

Famous church leaders, missionaries, Christian businessmen

Holidays

Add Architecture

Build things

Look at Photos of Famous Architecture

Look for similar styles in your home town

Add Theology

Are there promises fulfilled?

How did God deal with people?

How did God show mercy and grace?

Popular theology at different times: indulgences, purgatory

Theologians like Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Gregory the Great & what they Believed

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Can Christianity & Marxism Co-exist?

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #118, Can Christianity & Marxism Co-Exist?, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Can Christianity & Marxism Co-Exist?

In “Can Marxism & Christianity Co-Exist?” episode #118, Meredith Curtis takes a look at Marxism. She explains why it appeals to our sense of kindness and justice, as well as how it actually plays out at a national level.  She also reveals the dark side of socialism and how it is necessary to push God out of the picture. In the end, we must decide if we want to exchange faith & freedom for big government’s personalized care. Is it worth it?

 

 

 


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Show Notes

The 2020 election and the popularity of Marxism with young people.

What is Socialism

From each according to his ability to each according to his need.

The idea is that everyone owns a small part of the business so that they get their share of the profits. Does that happen? E.G. Venezuela where American oil companies were naturalized and Publix. Difference between 2.

A disadvantage to socialism is laziness and apathy.

“It is only when we have renounced our preoccupation with “I,” “me,” “mine,” that we can truly possess the world in which we live. Everything, provided that we regard nothing as property. And not only is everything ours; it is also everybody else’s” (ALDOUS HUXLEY, The Perennial Philosophy)

Group Think

For socialism to work, there has to be “group think” or complete agreement with one another.

Here are some things everyone in a socialist society need to agree on:

  • People are Basically Good Except the Rich
  • Theory of Victimization which Stirs Up Unrest (Everyone is either a victim or victiminzing)
  • The Group is More Important than the Individual
  • Wealth is Not Created, It Just Exists
  • Hard Work is not Connected to Wealth
  • Private Ownership should be replaced with Collective Ownership
  • Goal of Business to Provide Jobs Rather than Make a Profit
  • The Government Grants Rights rather than Protects God-Given Rights
  • Government is the Provider Not God, providing Cradle to Grave Care
  • God Does Not Exist or Intervene in the Affairs of Men
  • Evolution

Conflict with Christianity

People are Basically Good Except the Rich

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27).

“Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me” (Psalm 51:5).

These laws reveal our sin nature related to socialism

  • “You shall not steal” (Exodus 20:15; Deuteronomy 5:19).
  • “You shall not covet” (Exodus 20:17; Deuteronomy 5:21).

Theory of Victimization which Stirs Up Unrest

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27).

“He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both alike an abomination to the Lord” (Proverbs 17:15).

“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1)

“Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited” (Romans 12:16).

“Also in Judah the hand of God was on the people to give them unity of mind to carry out what the king and his officials had ordered, following the word of the LORD” II Chronicles 30:12

“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function” (Romans 12:4)

“I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them” (Romans 16:17).

The Group is More Important than the Individual

“But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor” (Galatians 6:4).

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).

Wealth is Not Created, It Just Exists

“But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day” (Deuteronomy 8:18).

Hard Work is not Connected to Wealth

“For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat” (II Thessalonians 3:11-12)

“Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need” (Ephesians 4:28).

“Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard without eating any of its fruit? Or who tends a flock without getting some of the milk?” (I Corinthians 9:7).

“Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread” (Proverbs 20:13).

Private Ownership should be replaced with Collective Ownership

“They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands” (Isaiah 65:21-22).

“Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard without eating any of its fruit? Or who tends a flock without getting some of the milk?” (I Corinthians 9:7).

Goal of Business to Provide Jobs Rather than Make a Profit

“Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who guards his master will be honored” (Proverbs 27:18).

“Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys” (Proverbs 18:9).

I said to them, “If it is good in your sight, give me my wages; but if not, never mind!” So they weighed out thirty shekels of silver as my wages. -Zechariah 11:12

Equal Pay

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. …” (Matthew 20:1-34

“To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away” (Matthew 25:15).

“The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing” Proverbs 20:4

The Government Grants Rights rather than Protects God-Given Rights

The Lord allows us to choose Him, to choose to do or not to do what is right. Only God judges our thoughts and choices. The government can judge and punish our behavior if it harms other people or their property.

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live” (Deut. 30:19)

Government is the Provider Not God, providing Cradle to Grave Care

“Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:2-4).

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. – 2 Corinthians 9:7 ESV

God Does Not Exist or Intervene in the Affairs of Men

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27).

The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all. -Psalm 103:19

“The wicked earns deceptive wages, but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward. Whoever is steadfast in righteousness will live, but he who pursues evil will die. Those of crooked heart are an abomination to the Lord, but those of blameless ways are his delight. Be assured, an evil person will not go unpunished, but the offspring of the righteous will be delivered” (Proverbs 11:18-21).

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. – Luke: 4:18-19

The Problem with Capitalism and Socialism

We live in a fallen world.

Capitalism needs a moral framework to keep greed under control

e.g. Colonial New England

Role of Government in Capitalism

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries. (WINSTON CHURCHILL, speech in the House of Commons, “Demobilisation”, October 22, 1945)

Socialism NEVER works long-term!

Government is made of flawed people who live in a flawed world.

Socialists cry “Power to the people”, and raise the clenched fist as they say it. We all know what they really mean–power over people, power to the State. (MARGARET THATCHER, speech to Conservative Central Council, March 15, 1986)

Socialism creates dependence rather than freedom.

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In “Economics Explained So You Can Understand It” episode #117, Meredith Curtis explains what economics is in very simple terms so even the most economic-phobic teen or adult can understand. GDP/GNP, Macroeconomics, and microeconomics will make sense to you now. Get rid of intimidation! You can understand economics! Meredith believes that understanding economics is a blessing, especially when we understand biblical principles and apply them to our lives.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

So many people I meet feel intimidated by economics. Why is that?

What Economics Is

Economics is the study of the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services according to Webster’s dictionary.

Goods.

Services.

The dollar bill in your purse.

Economics

  • What people make and do and how those things are sold
  • Studying how, why, and where money goes
  • Who ends up with what and how it gets there

Macroeconomics

The big picture

Economic Systems

  • Command (Government controlled like socialism, communism, fascism)
  • Free Market (People controlled, capitalism)
  • Mixed

What is happening in the world that makes people buy more stuff?

Flow & Distribution of Wealth

Supply & Demand (Big Picture)

Microeconomics

Consumer Behavior

Business Behavior

Production Cost/Customer Willing to Pay/Sweet Spot

GNP/GDP

Economics looks at how people get what they want, who gives it to them, how they get it, and how much they get.

GNP (Gross National Product) or the GDP (Gross Domestic Product)

Total amount of all the good and services that are sold.

Economic Cycle

The economy goes in cycles of growing and recessing. This cycle, if not tampered with, is natural and normal. People go through seasons of spending and saving. A healthy economy has seasons of expanding and decreasing flowing gently from one to another. We will talk more about this cycle next time.

Teaching Economics In High School

Say good-bye to dry boring textbooks!

  • Biblical economic principles for real life!
  • Read Living books and conversational textbook to learn economics
  • Apartment Project and other hands-on experiences
  • Purchase Stock
  • Budget
  • Plan for College
  • Choose a Career
  • Make a Business Plan
  • Start a Business

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Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #114, Easy DIY 5-Year Homeschool High School Flexible Plan, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Easy DIY 5-Year Homeschool High School Flexible Plan

In “Easy DIY 5-Year Homeschool High School Flexible Plan” episode #114, Meredith Curtis shares easy ways to plan ahead and take advantage of educational opportunities for your teens to get every high school credit possible and make sure the core classes are completed by graduation. Meredith explains that education is a gift and helps you define what gift you want to give your teen, when you should start planning, and how to make and keep the plan flexible. Breathe easier through the high school years with a plan that is purposeful, proactive, and easy to tweak.

 

 


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You can homeschool high school! Really! You can do it!

I decided to make a 5-year plan instead of a 4-year plan for high school from 8th-12th grade.

  • some courses you can use on their transcripts from 8th grade so I thought it would be good to include that in our plan
  • gives us more time and flexibility to get everything done we want to accomplish

What Do You Want to Give Your Children?

Education is a gift.

Gift of a Christ-centered, well-rounded education that will bear good fruit in their lives for years to come.

Think of things you want to teach your teen in high school that will bless them in years to come.

Make a list of your dreams for your son or daughter.

What gift of education do you want to give them?

My list for each child includes things that are the same and things that are unique for each child.

  • Read Communist Manifesto in high school so that they can understand the socialist agenda in American universities and colleges
  • Study worldviews so that they can recognize the different worldviews that are predominate in our culture
  • Memorize God’s Word, applying it to all of lifeRead classic books that have changed the world
  • Use Bible study tools
  • Make and live on a budget
  • Understand physics, chemistry, and oceanography
  • Grow in their gifting of:   (fill in the blank)

Don’t just shove a bunch of classes at them. Choose courses that will benefit them for life and lay a solid educational foundation if they will be going on to college.

What Does Your Teen Want to Learn?

Now it’s your teen’s turn.

What do they want to learn in high school?

Some of them may have a career goal in mind.

Others may have a dream of playing sports at a particular college.

When Should You Start Planning?

Summer before 7th or 8th grade

Build confidence by:

Reading a few books on homeschooling the high school student

Talk to other moms who have (or are!) successfully homeschooling teenagers. Other homeschooling moms can lead you by the hand and help you through the questions and decisions.

Make It Flexible

I sit down and make a five-year flexible plan for each child. This way you can take advantage of opportunities as they arise.

Realize that your plan will change over the years, but it is good to have a rough idea of what you want to accomplish.

What is Your Goal?

I keep a folder for each child’s homeschool plan on my computer with a high school plan file. Each year, I adapt the plan as opportunities arise for them to take various classes.

Pretend that the following is your high school plan for you high school child.  

Eighth Grade: Old Testament Survey/World History I/Algebra I/Western Literature (3.5)

Ninth Grade: Church History/World History II/Geometry/Biology/Oral & Written Communication/British Literature/Spanish I/P.E./Drama (0.25) + Piano (0.25) = 0.5 Fine Arts Credit/Growing in Christ (0.5) + Courtship & Dating (0.5) = 1.0 Character   (8.5 credits)

Tenth Grade: New Testament Survey/USA History/Algebra II/Chemistry/Essays & Research/American Literature/Spanish II/P.E./Sewing (0.5 Homemaking)/Godly Womanhood (0.5 Character)    (8 credits)

Eleventh Grade: Worldview & Apologetics/Government & Current Events & Politics/Pre-Calculus/Shakespeare/Fiction Writing/Drawing & Watercolor (0.5) + Drum Lessons (0.5) = 1.0 Fine Arts Credit/The Christian Family (0.5) + Starts own Business (you make it a course) (0.5) = 1.0 Life Skills    (6 credits)

Twelfth Grade: The Great Commission/Economics & Business & Personal Finances/Calculus/Great Books/College Prep Writing/Runs own business as course 1.0 Life Skills/Leading worship as a course 1.0 Fine Arts   (6 credits)

Total credits (32 credits)

Juggle Things Around Every Year

When Opportunities arise, I take advantage of them–make changes in my high school plan so I can make sure that my teen takes the important/required courses.

So, pretend there is an opportunity to take chemistry with a pharmacist, I will switch chemistry and physics around. Or maybe the pastor is teaching a worldview course in my teen’s freshman year. I sign her up, but change my plan, moving worldview to ninth grade and church history to eleventh grade.

Some classes, of course, need to be take consecutively (like Math!), but most classes do not!

It helps to have the basic plan, because I realize that all the classes have to fit in somewhere.

Another Idea:

  • Do an intensive class in a month during a break from normal school
  • Do semester classes like colleges do

With math and literature, I don’t recommend shortening the time frame because your child can only do so many hours of math a day before he is burned out! But, this can be a great way to get something “out of the way” quickly.

Your flexible 5-Year Plan is a servant, not a master. In my life it has been a great blessing and helped to guide us through the high school years. I hope it will be a blessing to you!

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Resources

 

American Literature & Research British Literature & Writing High School Class Communications 101:Essays and Speeches High School Class Foundations of Western Literature by Meredith Curtis
Real Men 103: Leadership Who Dun It? Murder Mystery Literature and Writing High School Class HIS Story of the 20th Century by Meredith Curtis HIS Story of the 20th Century: High School Workbook by Meredith Curtis
God's Girls 101: Grow in Christ God's Girls 103: Courship, Marriage, and the Christian Family High School Class God's Girls 104: Motherhood by Meredith Curtis God's Girls 105: Homemaking by Meredith Curtis

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Foundations of Learning

Learning We believe that wonder and wisdom are worthy pursuits in every family (and every classroom), that they provide an overarching framework for life-changing, life-giving, and life-preparing education. #learning #homeschoolblog #wisdomwonderproject #teachinglittleones #teachingkindergartenFoundations of Learning

“WISDOM BEGINS WITH WONDER”

–SOCRATES

We believe that wonder and wisdom are worthy pursuits in every family (and every classroom), that they provide an overarching framework for life-changing, life-giving, and life-preparing education.  When they are woven into our lives, they have the power to shape our story in breathtaking ways. The daily practice of them, however, requires us to slow down and hold various paradoxes in tension, as we grapple with and embrace all that life brings our way.

This first paradox is captured by Socrates’ quote above. The journey towards wisdom is wonder? True, good, and beautiful knowledge can only be attained through awe, play, and questioning? This often seems counterintuitive. But as we know, young children learn so much through play and exploration. Their natural propensity to tackle new subjects and spaces with curiosity grows with them as they begin asking questions. Encouraging learning in this way, through play and curiosity, sets a foundation for loving learning in children and directs their course toward a lifelong pursuit of learning.

It is for this reason that our curricula respects the age of the child and teaches to their stage of development. This not only optimizes learning, but maximizes enjoyment by engaging and meeting the needs of the whole child. We draw on the classical trivium––grammar (first-fourth grades), rhetoric (fifth-eighth grades), and logic (high school)––stages of learning as it models a developmentally appropriate education. Though classically-inspired, we add our own twist, so that our curricula can fit in and pair with any educational approach.

But we knew that foundational learning begins even younger, which is why we started with our Preschool through Kindergarten. We like to call this stage the pre-grammar stage. Children at this age see memorization as an enjoyable task, so we attend to setting a strong foundation for reading, writing, math, poetry, and literature––with ample time for play and exploration. For example, in our Block Play units, each month centers around a picture book (we love reading aloud!) from which the lessons and activities stem. Here’s a fun example from one of our Junior Kindergarten Block Play units, based on Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. If you’re not familiar with the story, here’s a little summary: Armed only with a purple crayon and his imagination, Harold went for a walk one evening. Along the way, he goes through woods, over seas, and past frightening dragons until he finds his way home and crawls into his cozy bed at last. This story offers twists and turns that keep your children wondering what is going to happen next.

BUILDING ACTIVITY: Build a City Using Loose Parts. The materials you need for this activity are Harold and the Purple Crayon, masking/painter’s tape, a Sharpie, white school glue, construction paper, and various building materials, such as milk cartons, cardboard boxes, shoe boxes, cereal boxes, etc. You might also want clear packing tape. Gather all the materials, invite your child to join you, and find a place at the table to work. Bring out the book and open it up to the pages where Harold built a city. Talk about the shape of the buildings, windows, and doors. 

Invite your child to choose one of the boxes you have collected. Using masking tape, help them tape the top closed. Work with your child to decide on how they want to add the windows and doors to the box. Do they want to cut them out of construction paper and glue them onto the box or wrap the box in construction paper and draw the windows directly on the box? Offer to help with drawing if your child needs it. This activity provides your child with a wonderful opportunity to strengthen and develop their muscles that help them with fine motor skills. Once they are done with that first building, have them choose another box to use for another building. When that one is done, help your child tape them together with tape balls/loops or clear packing tape so they can start to see their city take shape. Let them continue to make city buildings out of the boxes until they are happy with the scene they have taped together. When they are finished, save this for your child to play with again later. 

We at WWP hold to the truth that every child (and every adult) is a born learner and should have the world of wonder and wisdom opened up to them.  We believe that all should have access to quality, life-changing educational opportunities regardless of personal belief systems. We also believe that together, we truly are better, and that diversity within our worldwide online community can only serve to enrich, grow and develop us all.

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Happy Birthday Creator-King

Finish Well Homeschooling Podcast, Podcast #103, Happy Birthday Creator-King, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast NetworkHappy Birthday Creator-King

In “Happy Birthday Creator-King,” episode #103, Meredith Curtis talks about birthdays and what makes birthdays special for the birthday person, the family, and the guests. How does the birthday person want to celebrate? As we celebrate Jesus, our Creator-King’s birthday, we can plan our Christmas celebration as a birthday where Christ is the center of all our plans, rather than an afterthought. If you can grasp these principles as a family, it will change your Christmas celebrations forever to be more festive and joyous than you could ever imagine.

 

 


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Show Notes

Introduction: Our Favorite Birthday Tradition: The Encouragement Game.

For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created through Him and for Him” (Colossians 1:16 NASB).

What makes a birthday special for the birthday person?

What makes a birthday special for party guests and family?

Christmas is a birthday.

How God the Father prepared for Christmas. Lining up empires, lining up languages, prophetic words, mysteries, angels, a star, birthday party guests,

Genesis to Revelation role of Christ as Creator/Redeemer

God the Father commemorates special events e.g Passover. Commemorate stones crossing Jordan.

When we celebrate His birthday, do we get the Passover meal ready, visit the stones near the Jordan or do we go to the high places?

Is Jesus, the birthday person, the focus of all our preparations or is he on the periphery?

What Jesus likes….

  • Worship
  • Marriage
  • Family
  • The Poor, Needy, those in Jail
  • Celebrations (e.g. in Nehemiah)
  • Prayer
  • The Word
  • Us to Enjoy what He has given us
  • Generosity

 

Let’s throw a party!

Gifts for Baby Jesus

Time set aside for Worship

Romantic Lights

Family Devotions

Family Memories

Reading His Word

Inviting the Lost to the Birthday Party

 

Merry Christmas from our families to yours.

 

Christmas Resources

Christmas Devotions by Meredith Curtis Celebrate Christmas with a traveling dinner by Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette Celebrate Christmas with Cookies Unit Study by Meredith Curtis Celebrate Christmas in Colonial America by Meredith Curtis

Pearl Harbor 12.7.41

Finish Well Homeschooling Podcast, Podcast #102, Life Lessons from History: Pearl Harbor, 12.7.41, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast NetworkPearl Harbor 12.7.41

In “Life Lessons from History: Pearl Harbor 12.7.41” episode #102, Meredith Curtis takes you back in time to the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, that plunged America into World War II. What led up to that historical moment? Were we the only ones attacked?  Why was Pearl Harbor such a strategic target? How did the attack arouse a sleeping giant? Meredith answers all these questions and more, letting you in on the decades of preparation by the Japanese. She also shares lessons we can apply to our own personal lives.

 

 


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Show Notes

“Tora! Tora! Tora!” Lieutenant Commander Mitsuo Fuchida commanded the other pilots. It was time to lay waste to their enemy!

The Surprise Attack!

President Roosevelt’s response.

We’re at War!

There’s always a story. Let’s go back in Time to figure out what happened?

Turn of the Century Japan & relationship with Prussia, Korea, and China.

1910 Japan annexes Korea.

1925, US General Billy Mitchell’s Report

The Japanese Naval Academy final exam question

Japan’s Aggression in the 1930s: Manchuria, Korea, China, Vietnam (French Indochina)

The Pact of Steel

The Strategy behind the attack

After all the destruction, what was left?

What We can Learn

Not what folks say, but what they do!

When we are almost destroyed, we fight even harder

 

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HIS Story of the 20th Century by Meredith Curtis HIS Story of the 20th Century Middle School Workbook HIS Story of the 20th Century: High School Workbook by Meredith Curtis Teach 20th Century History the Fun Way
Travel God's World Cookbook by Meredith Curtis American History Cookbook Ancient History Cookbook


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100 Homeschool Hacks II

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In “100 Homeschool Hacks Volume II” episode #101, Meredith Curtis, Laura Nolette, and their friends share 100 ways to homeschool more effectively, efficiently, enthusiastically, and effortlessly. There were too many tips and advice for one show so we started earlier this month and are finishing up today. Sit back, relax and let seasoned homeschool moms and grads share their secrets of joy and success with you!

 

 


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Show Notes

We wanted to celebrate our 100th show in a special way!

Happy 100th Episode!!!

So Laura and I got together with some of our friends to come up with 100 homeschool hacks—tips, ideas, and methods that work to making homeschooling easier and more fun so that you can start strong and finish well.

Below are summaries of each section of the homeschool hacks. Enjoy!

Katie Beth Nolette: 10 Tips for Teaching Preschoolers & Toddlers that will give a strong educational foundation to your children, reaping benefits for years to come! Don’t worry these things are fun and relationship-building!

Meredith Curtis: 5 Ideas for Teaching History the Fun Way before God’s Story (HIS Story) should be exciting, joyful, and awe-inspiring. Shake off the dull routine of memorizing boring facts and dates. Instead, set sail on a grand adventure exploring the past as never before!

Laura Nolette: 5 Methods for Mastering Math that are simple to work into your yearly planning and weekly routines. They will make all the difference no matter when you start!

Meredith Curtis: 10 Tips for Teaching from a Christian Worldview so that our children can have confidence in Jesus and His Word, building their lives on a solid foundation of truth in all things.

Meredith Curtis: 5 Ways to Minister in Your Local Church Together as a Family so that everyone isn’t going off in a different direction.

Laura Nolette: 10 Field Trips that Don’t Cost Money, are closer than you think, and will make fun memories that last.

Meredith Curtis: 7 Tools to Give Lifelong Learners so that they can face every new learning opportunity with confidence and enthusiasm.

 

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Joyful and Successful Homeschooling by Meredith Curtis Quick & EZ Unit Study Fun by Meredith Curtis Unlocking the Mystery of Homeschooling High School by Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette Seven R's of Homeschooling by Meredith Curtis
HIS Story of the 20th Century by Meredith Curtis HIS Story of the 20th Century Middle School Workbook HIS Story of the 20th Century: High School Workbook by Meredith Curtis Teach 20th Century History the Fun Way
Travel God's World Cookbook by Meredith Curtis American History Cookbook Ancient History Cookbook

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