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Today is the 70th Anniversary…

Today is the 70th Anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps in Germany.

What will you tell your children about it?

Writing curriculum, especially history, is both a joy and a sorrow. As I have written over the past twenty years, I have learned so much about the people who have shared this Earth experience with me, albeit at different times. I have often found myself cheering at my keyboard as I read and wrote about people who conquered injustice and their own fears.

Conversely, I remember well the months spent writing about the Holocaust. It left me grief stricken, depressed, disillusioned, angry… How could people think of such horrible things to do to other human beings – let alone carry them out!

The dilemma was how to share enough of this story with my young readers to teach them about it, without traumatizing them. I hope I did this horrific tragedy justice.

It took months for the anxiety to diminish so that I could function normally – but you cannot unring a bell and the stories of these people have changed me.

The tragedy was not just in Germany, but wherever the reach of Nazism could stretch. A dear friend of mine, Gustavo Valentini, was a young boy in Southern Italy when the war devastated his family, his community, and his country. Most Italians were not in favor of the regime and fought against Mussolini and Hitler as part of the resistance. He has written his diary of experiences that tell a story of both devastation and triumph. I only wish I had the resources to translate it into English so that my English speaking friends could read this important work.

Today marks the anniversary of the liberation of the camps. I hope I can help my teen daughter understand a little better today what happened at that time. Maybe she will learn enough to join in with others to help prevent something similar from happening in the future.

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Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Released into the public domain by its author, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Belarussian State Archive of Documentary Film and Photograph.

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“If a glass of water could talk…”

glass of water isolated on white“If a glass of water could talk…”
This was a statement made by a ten year-old boy this morning, whom I teach on a weekly basis. In addition to educating my own child, I assist in the education of several others through the David O. McKay Academy. During our Skype time this morning we were talking about the fact that all of the water that exists on the earth is the same water that has always existed here – that it has all been recycled all over the world, over thousands of years. That’s when the young boy made the statement “If a glass of water could talk…” Fortunately his mom was there, too, and experienced this ah-ha moment of her inspired son who is thriving in homeschool, along with her other three children. The conversation then turned to history and that among the greatest things to have witnessed by a glass of water may have been Christ walking on the water. We then returned to our science discussion, but the conversation could easily have included that glass of water participating in the Great Flood, the parting of the Red Sea, etc. These are the moments that make home education worth it.

If you are struggling with your decision to educate at home, or are already involved and passing through a discouraging time… hang in there! There will be moments YOU JUST DON’T WANT TO MISS!!!!!

 

 

 

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Announcing Our Timeline!

Timelines are the perfect way to illustrate the history of our world. Timelines give children a visual of Heavenly Father’s dealings with His children here on the earth and show children that their place is important.

This year we have added a timeline that you can use in your home classroom. The timeline is adaptable to any room size and can be used throughout the entire four volume program without being taken down.

The downloadable version of the timeline comes automatically with the purchase of the Parent Manual. Other versions will be available in our bookstore July 15.

Get yours! 


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New Parent Manual!

We are excited to share that our Parent Manual has undergone some major renovations, which include a built-in parent planners every five lessons, updated hyperlinks, and a whole new design you’ll love – patterned after Preach My Gospel! All hyperlinks are now RED and easy to find and use.

Volumes 2 and 3 are available and ready to use, as well. They will be updated to the new format as quickly as possible.
We have also integrated the “Search, Ponder, and Play” Pre-school Kindergarten program right into the manual so that you can include ALL of your children.

Take a look at our sample!

LIFE School Parent Manual, Volume 1

New for 2014!

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