Super-Hero Patrick! Life Lessons from Ancient History

Finish Well Radio Show, Podcast #109, Super Hero Patrick, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Super-Hero Patrick! Life Lessons from Ancient History

In “Super-Hero Patrick! Life Lessons from Ancient History” episode #109, Meredith Curtis introduces you to a Super-Hero of old: St. Patrick of Briton who served the Lord as a missionary in Ireland, converting most of the island to the Christian faith. Pirates, kidnapping, escape, and years of training prepared him for his Irish ministry where he faced down evil powers with confidence in the Lord! You will love his story of faith, courage, and victory!

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Today we say super-hero. In the olden times we called them saint.

St. Patrick is truly a super-hero!

Christian Home

Father Calpomius—civil magistrate, tax collector, church deacon

Wealth

Patrick not walking with God like his parents

Pirates & Kidnapping

Vacation villa by the sea

Age 16

Life as a Slave

Sold in Ireland to a Druid tribal chieftan

Shepherded flocks

Gave heart to Christ—“holy boy”

Escape

Dream

22 years—traveled 200 miles to coast

Ran out of food but Patrick prayed

Freedom & Surrender & Training

Home to Britain

Studied to be Priest then Bishop

Called to A Dark Place

Dream of Irish asking him to come

A Showdown Like Elijah

433 AD vernal equinox same day as Easter—started an illegal bonfire

Dragged before Druid council—power encounter!

The Fruit of His Ministry

Ireland strongly Christian nation

A story of the faithfulness and compassion of God

Life Lesson

God allows trials to remove the dross and prepare us for the call on our life

The Lord loves sinners and puts that love in our heart

God is more powerful than the devil! His Word is true!

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Example: Christ-Centered High School Curriculum

Learn about St. Patrick and other Christian super-heroes who changed the world in Celebrate Our Christian Heroes by Meredith Curtis. Or dig into God’s Word with Bible studies and one-credit high school courses.

 

Celebrate Our Christian Heroes by Meredith Curtis God's Girls Brand New Life Bible Study God's Girls Beauty Secrets Create a High School Class like Old Testament Survey Class by Meredith Curtis
Making of Real Men by Mike Curtis Worldview Understanding the Times by Meredith Curtis God's Girls 101: Grow in Christ Real Men 101: Godly Manhood
God's Girls 104: Motherhood by Meredith Curtis Real Men 102: Freedom, Courtship, Marriage, & Family God's Girls 105: Homemaking by Meredith Curtis Real Men 103: Leadership

More Life Lessons from Ancient History Podcasts You Might Find Helpful

Finish Well Podcast #038 Don't Be a Nimrod Finish Well Radio Show, Podcast #089, Caedmon, 7th Century Songwriter, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network

Super-Hero Patrick! Life Lessons from Ancient History

7 Ways to Make Jesus Lord of Your Homeschooling

Finish Well Homeschooling Podcast, Podcast #108, 7 Ways to Make Jesus Lord of Your Homeschooling with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

7 Ways to Make Jesus Lord of Your Homeschooling

In “7 Ways to Make Jesus the Lord of Your Homeschooling” episode #108, Meredith Curtis inspires you to make Jesus Christ the center of your homeschooling. Here are tried and true ways to homeschool to the glory of God and teach your children about Jesus in a way that is life-changing. Don’t just tell your children about the Plan of Salvation, introduce them to the One Who Saves! It’s easier than you think!

 

 

 


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Show Notes

We talk about homeschooling to pass the baton of faith to our children.

How do we do that?

It starts with dedicating our home school to the Lord.

#1: Dedicate Your Home School To The Lord

Let there be a moment in time when everyone is there to dedicate your family, home, and school to the Lord.

Each year and each day dedicate your homeschooling adventure to the Lord.

#2: Make It Clear That Jesus is In Charge of Your Home & School

Everyone should know that Jesus is in charge.

Seek His will, His plan.

Jesus is With us and Loves us.

#3: Let Scripture Fill Your Days & Teaching

Read the Bible to start each day.

Apply Scripture to situations and attitudes.

Memorize Scripture.

Talk about Scripture passages & Biblical principles.

Apologetics & Worldview Training.

#4: Start With Prayer & Keep It Going

Open each day with prayer.

Pray whenever you need help—a math problem is too hard, something is lost, someone is sad, the kids are arguing.

Ask God for His plans. What should you teach? How should you teach? What curriculum should you use?

#5: Teach From a Christian Worldview

Use books and textbooks that affirm the Word of God, not contradict it, especially in the early years.

When something does mention things that contradict the Word of God or leave things out, talk about it

  • Evolution vs Creation
  • Church as the center of life in Colonial times, Middle Ages, 1800s, etc.
  • Literary characters making poor choices or treating people badly, especially if they are portrayed as Christians
  • Timelines

#6: Look For God’s Perspective On Everything

Whether you are breaking up an argument or talking about Ancient Civilizations, wonder aloud how God sees things. What is His Perspective.

#7: Enjoy God’s Love

The Christian life is fun because we are lavished with love.

When you sin repent and receive forgiveness joyfully.

Imitate your Father in Heaven in loving your children. Be kind, forgiving, and tender-hearted.

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Example: Christ-Centered High School Curriculum

Create a High School Class like Economics, Finances, and Business by Meredith Curtis Create a High School Class like Who Dun It? Murder Mystery Literature and Writing High School Class by Meredith Curtis Create a High School Class like American Literature & Research by Meredith Curtis Create a High School Class like Old Testament Survey Class by Meredith Curtis
Communications 101:Essays and Speeches High School Class Worldview Understanding the Times by Meredith Curtis God's Girls 101: Grow in Christ Real Men 101: Godly Manhood
God's Girls 104: Motherhood by Meredith Curtis Real Men 102: Freedom, Courtship, Marriage, & Family God's Girls 105: Homemaking by Meredith Curtis Real Men 103: Leadership

More Podcasts You Might Find Helpful

Finish Well Podcast #015, An Introduction to Spiritual Warfare with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network Finish Well Radio Podcast #029, Stay Close to Jesus in High School with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network Finish Well Radio Podcast #030, Stay Close to Jesus in College with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network Finish Well Radio, Podcast #041, Get In Shape Spiritually for the New Year with Meredith Curtis on The Ultimate Homeschool Radio Show

7 Ways to Make Jesus Lord of Your Homeschooling

7 Steps to Create High School Classes with Living Books

Finish Well Radio Show, Podcast #107, 7 Steps to Create Your Own High School Classes with Living Books with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

7 Steps to Create Your Own High School Classes with Living Books

In “7 Steps to Create Your Own High School Classes with Living Books” episode #107, Meredith Curtis shares how she created all of her children’s high school classes. She began the process by listing all the books she wanted her daughter to read. From there, she went on to think about life skills, academic skills, and virtues she longed to see in her son and daughters. Finally, she packaged everything in an easy way where teens could keep their own records.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

It was time for high school and up to that point we had enjoyed a lot of freedom and creativity in our home school. Living books were at the center of our curriculum. When we used textbooks, we read them aloud together.

Could we carry on to high school?

Yes!

Here’s what I did starting when my oldest daughter was in 7th grade. I thought ahead.

Step #1: Creating High School Classes Begins with Prayer

Surrender my children and their high school education to the Lord.

Ask for wisdom and His plan in course creation.

Step #2: Creating High School Classes Requires Book Lists

I made a list of all the books I wanted my teens to write in high school

Classic Literature: Tale of Two Cities, Count of Monte Cristo 

Great Works: Mere Christianity, Wealth of the Nations

Inspirational: God’s Smuggler, Christian’s Secret to a Happy Life

Step#3: Crossing the Finish Line Lists

I also took time to prayerfully consider what virtues, values, habits, academic skills, workforce skills, and spiritual disciplines I wanted to see in their lives

Virtues/Habits/Values: hard work, kindness, servant’s heart,

Academic Skills: essays, research, reading at college level, analysis, advanced mathematics,

Practical/Work/Community/Church Skills: leadership, interview, resume, work with a team

Spiritual Disciplines: Quiet Times, serving at church, evangelize, defend the faith

Relational Wisdom: Purpose dating or courtship, honoring parents, building wholesome friendships.

Step #4: Dividing up Books

I divided my books into different categories which became classes.

Wealth of the Nations, Larry Burkett’s economic books, and Communist Manifesto went into the economics class.

Pride and Prejudice, Tale of Two Cities, and The Mysterious Affair at Styles went into British Literature.

Bondage Breaker, Christian’s Secret to a Happy Life, and From Prison to Praise became part of a Christianity Basics course (God’s Girls 101: Grow in Christ and Real Men 101: Godly Manhood).

The Hidden Art of Homemaking became the foundation of my homemaking course.

Understanding the Times was the main book in our worldview class.

Soon all my books were divided up.

Step #5: Creating High School Classes Requires Creating Assignments

Next, I created assignments that were practical and cultivating academic and life skills.

  • Essays
  • Life Prep e.g. Apartment Project, Mother’s Helper, Change the Oil
  • Interviews to Articles
  • Book Club
  • Speeches

Step #6: Laying It Out for Quick Read & Check Off

Then I laid out the course for over a year and produced handy-dandy check-off sheets.

Step #7: EZ Folder Method

Overview of class, hours chart, and check-off /syllabus went into color-coded folders. Kids now could keep their own records for me. All work went into pockets.

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Examples: Classes I’ve Created

Create a High School Class like Economics, Finances, and Business by Meredith Curtis Create a High School Class like Who Dun It? Murder Mystery Literature and Writing High School Class by Meredith Curtis Create a High School Class like American Literature & Research by Meredith Curtis Create a High School Class like Old Testament Survey Class by Meredith Curtis
Communications 101:Essays and Speeches High School Class Worldview Understanding the Times by Meredith Curtis God's Girls 101: Grow in Christ Real Men 101: Godly Manhood
God's Girls 104: Motherhood by Meredith Curtis Real Men 102: Freedom, Courtship, Marriage, & Family God's Girls 105: Homemaking by Meredith Curtis Real Men 103: Leadership

More Podcasts about Classes

Finish Well Radio Show, Podcast #106, 7 Reasons I Teach Newspaper Reporting In Middle School with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network Finish Well Radio Show, Podcast #096, How I Teach English in High School with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network Finish Well Radio Show, Podcast #090, Book Clubs Instead of Book Reports, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network Finish Well Radio Badge, Podcast #060, 7 Benefits of Reading Classics

7 Steps to Create Your Own High School Classes with Living Books

7 Reasons I Teach Newspaper Reporting In Middle School

Finish Well Radio Show, Podcast #106, 7 Reasons I Teach Newspaper Reporting In Middle School with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

7 Reasons I Teach Newspaper Reporting In Middle School

In “7 Reasons I Teach Newspaper Reporting in Middle School,” episode #106, Meredith Curtis shares how she hones in our children’s writing before they start high school by teaching them to write like reporters. Not only do they learn to write clearly and concisely, they have fun putting together a newspaper and write with a purpose—for others to read their writing. Not only that, newspapers played a huge part in the history of the United States, so studying newspaper writing, though the newspaper industry is fading away, helps children understand our past with clarity by putting on their reporter and editor hats. Getting children ready for essays, research papers, and literary analysis doesn’t have to be boring. Writing like a reporter is super-fun and so is creating your own newspaper. Be inspired to enjoy middle school English while investing in your children’s long term growth as writers.

 


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Show Notes

Common questions: “How do you teach English in middle school?” and “How do you get kids ready for high school.

One thing I do in middle school is teach my children to think like reporters.

Some time in middle school we do a newspaper writing course.

We learn to write headlines, bylines, news stories, and put together a newspaper to share with others.

How a newspaper works with editor, reporters, columnists, and business side

History of newspapers

This is really fun to do with another family or two or in a co-op setting if you don’t have a big family.

Here are the Skills I Teach: 

Reporters

Asking questions

Find way around newspaper

Lead

Who, what, where, and when in the first sentence. Why and/or how in second.

What is really happening?

What is important and what isn’t?

Headlines & Bylines

Bylines: who wrote it and where

Headlines: brief, eye-catching, make reader want to know more

Font

Editing

Editing matters because people will be reading your work

Grammar & spelling in a practical way

Editor marks

Supplemental grammar/spelling

Creating a Newspaper

So much involved from writing to editing to business side

Everyone gets a job

Everyone writes an article

Mom is publisher and possibly editor-in-chief too

Making and selling ads

Teamwork

History

Brief look at history of newspapers

American history—federalist and anti-federalist papers

Different Slant and honest about compared to today

Yellow Journalism

Fun!

Joy of creating something other people enjoy!

Joy of working together on a big project

Joy of growing as a writer

Joy of people reading your writing—writing has a purpose

English Courses

If you would like to use my English courses in your own homeschool, they are all available for sale in print at Amazon and as E-books from PowerineProd.com, PayHip, and TeachersPayTeachers.

You can learn about individual English courses:

Whatever path you choose for English in your own high school home school, I hope it will include lots of classic literature and writing. I think back to the basics is best!

Resources

American Literature & Research Newspaper Reporting by Meredith Curtis Communications 101:Essays and Speeches High School Class Foundations of Western Literature by Meredith Curtis
British Literature & Writing High School Class 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

9 Keys to Financial Success

Finish Well Radio Show, Podcast #105, 9 Keys to Financial Success, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

9 Keys to Financial Success

In “9 Keys to Financial Success” episode #105, Meredith Curtis shares 9 financial keys that unlock blessing in the financial realm. These principles will work! No matter how young or old you are, it’s time to stop falling into financial pitfalls and start living the way God wants you to live. Meredith offers an alternative to the ways of the world so that you can manage your money in a way that honors God and can be a channel of His blessing to others.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

God is our Provider and He meets all of our needs. So why do we struggle so much financially?

Often, as adults, we find ourselves in a money pit that we are trying to climb out of. Teens can be starting up habits that will eventually lead to living paycheck to paycheck, always struggling.

Is there Freedom?

Yes!

Here is God’s plan!

Key #1: God Owns It All; We are Stewards

The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it. (Psalm 24:1)

All of our needs, bills, possessions, and money belong to the Lord.

Key #2: The Tithe Belongs to the Lord

“Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, ‘How have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, the whole nation of you10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows. 11 Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of the ground; nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes,” says the Lord of hosts. (Malachi 3:8)

90% with God’s blessing is a whole lot more than 100% without it.

Key#3: Live Debt-Free and Love It!

The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender. (Proverbs 22:7)

The Borrower is Servant to the Lender. Debt brings stress.

Key #4: Live Below Your Means with Gratitude

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (I Thessalonians 5:18)

Key #5: Ask God First

We see, we want, we buy. But, is this wise? What if God wants to just give it to you or knows it isn’t your best right now. Let Him be the financial decision maker in your house.

You do not have because you do not ask God. (James 4:2)

Key #6: God Most Often Provides thru Hard Work

Though God does provide supernaturally, the most common way is through hard work!

The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work. (Proverbs 21:25)

Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense. (Proverbs 12:11)

All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. (Proverbs 14:23)

Key #7: Save for Future Needs

Where do you get capital to start a business? Money to send kids to college? Money for retirement? That’s right! Savings!

Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; 10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. (Proverbs 3:9-10)

Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before. 24 The threshing floors will be filled with grain; the vats will overflow with new wine and oil. (Joel 2:23-24)

Key #8: Be Generous—You Can’t Out-Give God!

God takes giving personally. He loves to bless those who are generous.

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38)

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done. (Proverbs 19:17)

Key #9: Be Choosy about How You Spend Your Money

Think and pray first before you start spending money. What do you need? Trendy vs. Quality.

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. (James 1:5)

How to Get Back on Track

If you have blown it in the financial realm, it is never too late! God is the God of Miracles, especially when we want to honor Him and do thinks His way!

Surrender your financial mess to the Lord

Start tithing.

Pay off all debt.

Giving time and possessions—you are using all your money to pay off debt.

Make a budget. Stick to it!

Give thanks in everything!

Work hard!

Just wait, you watch, you’ll see! J

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Resources

God's Girls Brand New Life Bible Study Making of Real Men Jesus Fill My Heart and Home by Meredith Curtis A Wise Woman Builds Bible Study Workbook
Finish Well Radio, Podcast #053, DG: The Secret to Success Finish Well Radio Show, Podcast 041, Get In Shape Spiritually for the New Year Finish Well Radio Show, Podcast #085, Don't Waste Your Life with Meredith Curtis, on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network Finish Well Radio, Podcast #080, 12 Happy Habits with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network

From Goal to Habit with God’s Grace

Finish Well Homeschooling Podcast, Podcast #104, From Goal to Habit with God’s Grace, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network
From Goal to Habit with God’s Grace

In “From Goal to Habit with God’s Grace” episode #104, Meredith Curtis talks about those New Year’s resolutions we make every year with a twist. She offers an alternative to making and breaking resolutions. Instead she talks about goals and how to turn those goals into habits that last for a lifetime. Of course, you can’t do it without the Lord!

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Happy New Year

New Year’s Resolutions

Is God In This?

My Dreams

God’s Dreams

A Biblical Foundation for my goals

Make Goals Measurable

Nebulous vs. measurable

The blessing of realistic goals

Build the Habit

Start small and build from there

Faithfulness better than a burst of zeal

When I Blow It

Moving on after a failure

Perseverance

Enjoying My New Way of Life

Habits eventually become patterns of living

Rejoicing in our patterns and habits

 

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Resources

God's Girls Brand New Life Bible Study Making of Real Men Jesus Fill My Heart and Home by Meredith Curtis A Wise Woman Builds Bible Study Workbook
Finish Well Radio, Podcast #053, DG: The Secret to Success Finish Well Radio Show, Podcast 041, Get In Shape Spiritually for the New Year Finish Well Radio Show, Podcast #085, Don't Waste Your Life with Meredith Curtis, on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network Finish Well Radio, Podcast #080, 12 Happy Habits with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network

From Goal to Habit with God’s Grace