Field Trips Galore!

     The September 9-15, 2012, issue of American Profile magazine, a weekly supplement that comes with our local newspaper, the Salem Times-Commoner, has a cover article by Lisa Zhito entitled “History Comes Alive” about five attractions which preserve our nation’s cultural heritage.

     1. The first is Jamestown Settlement near Williamsburg, VA, where America’s first permanent English settlement, founded in 1607, is recreated in a comprehensive living history museum located adjascent to the Historic Jamestown archaeological site.  We have been there and seen it, and I loved it–along with the Yorktown Victory Memorial and, of course, Colonial Williamsburg, which was my all time favorite vacation.

     2.  The second is Vermilionville Living History Museum and Folklife Park at Lafayette, LA, a heritage park located on the banks of the Bayou Vermilion where southern Louisiana’s Cajun, Creole, and American Indian roots are recreated.

     3. The third is Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, a 200-acre park where the focus is on immersing visitors in mid-19th-century Indiana.  We have also visited here and think that Conner Prairie is fantastic!

     4. The fourth is Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill near Harrodsburg, KY, once home to 500 Shakers, America’s longest-lasting communal religious society which flourished in the mid-19th century from Maine to Kentucky.  We have visited Ft. Harrod in Harrodsburg but not Shaker Village, which is America’s largest restored Shaker community, although it has long been on our list of sites we would like to see.

     5. The fifth is  Pioneer Living History Village at Phoenix, AZ, a 92-acre outdoor educational museum that preserves pre-statehood Arizona by focusing on the state’s territorial period of 1863-1912.

     Of course, these kinds of living history museums could be multiplied by the hundreds, but these five would make good starting places to gain a better understanding of our nation’s history.

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school has started

     Well, we did it yesterday.  We traditionally wait until the day after Labor Day to start school, and although last year Jeremy, who is a junior in high school this year, wanted to begin a little early early, this year we were somewhat busier so we had our first official day of school on Sept. 4.  This year Jeremy is studying the following:

     1. Bible–we’re going to read and study our way through the four gospels.

     2. Literature–the books that Jeremy will read are all from American literature and include all five Leatherstocking Tales ( The Deerslayer, The Last of the Mohicans, The Pathfinder, The Pioneers, and The Prairie) by James F. Cooper, Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stow, The Red Badge of Courage by Henry Fielding, Penrod by Booth Tarkington, The Yearling by Marjorie Rawlings, and perhaps some other shorter works.

     3. For language arts, he’s doing the One Year Adventure Novel by Daniel Schwabauer published by Clear Water Press, along with the McGuffey (revised) Fifth Reader for vocabulary.

     4. Right now, we’re doing PSAT Prep, but for math he’ll do practical math/personal finance using Larry Burkett’s Money Matters for Teens this semester, and then hopefully do Algebra next semester through dual enrollment at our local community college.

     5. Chemistry is Exploring Creation with Chemistry by Jay Wile from Apologia Educational Ministries.

      6. History is A Patriot’s History of the United States: From Columbus’s Great Discovery to the War on Terror by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen.

     7. Jeremy will be studying keyboarding using Typing Instructor Delux.

     8. He will be learning Japanese using Rosetta Stone.

     9. Once a week, he will be studying music appreciation using my own Homeschooler’s Guide to the Great Orchestral Music of the Western World.

     We hope that your school year will be pleasant and profitable.

check out Home School Book Review

http://homeschoolblogger.com/homeschoolbookreview/

     This is a book review weblog, devoted mainly to children’s and youth literature, from a Biblical perspective by a homeschooling father.  New books are added almost every day.  You can search by title and/or author’s name, or check out the different categories.

     Some of the books reviewed during August, 2012, were as follows:

Aug 31st, 2012: Vin and the Dorky Duet
Aug 30th, 2012: Discoveries in the Shriver Family Attic: How a Woman and Her Children Dealt with the Battle of Gettysburg
Aug 28th, 2012: Surviving Your Adolescents: How to Manage and Let Go of Your 13-18 Year Olds, 3rd Edition
Aug 27th, 2012: Miracle on 34th Street
Aug 26th, 2012: Spring Rose
Aug 25th, 2012: Chocolate by Hershey: A Story About Milton S. Hershey
Aug 22nd, 2012: If I Had as Many Grandchildren as You
Aug 21st, 2012: Banished: The Riddled Stone, Book One

Aug 19th, 2012: The Labyrinth
Aug 18th, 2012: Good People Everywhere
Aug 17th, 2012: The Princess and the Goblin
Aug 16th, 2012: The White Isle
Aug 15th, 2012: Ka-Boom!
Aug 14th, 2012: The High-Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate
Aug 13th, 2012″ Liberty’s Children: Stories of Eleven Revolutionary War Children
Aug 12th, 2012: Seven Men Who Rule the World from the Grave
Aug 10th, 2012: Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers
Aug 9th, 2012: Blood on the River: James Town 1607
Aug 8th, 2012: Planet Tad
Aug 7th, 2012: The Journeys of John and Julia in Chapter One: Genesis
Aug 5th, 2012: The Scarecrow: A Story That Teaches in This World You Don’t Have to Be Alone

     Each month we give one book a “Book of the Month” award.  For August, 2012, it is….

The Princess and the Goblin (Puffin Classics)

The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald.

     The runners up are

Spring Rose by Casey Head;

Banished: The Riddled Stone, Book One by Teresa Gaskins;

The White Isle by Caroline Dale Snedeker;

and The Scarecrow by Max Elliot Anderson

(a lot of GOOD books this past month!)

contents from 9/2012 Biblical Homeschooling Newsletter

     BIBLICAL HOMESCHOOLING has been around for some fifteen years.  It began as a homeschool support group newsletter  known as HEADSUP (Homeschool Educators Active in Dayton Sending Upward Praises) when we lived in Dayton, OH, and when we moved from there it grew, became a monthly newsletter of general interest, encouragement, and information for homeschooling Christians, and eventually changed names.  It is published by  Wayne S. Walker, a minister and homeschooling father living in Salem, IL  (E-mail: wswalker310 [at] juno.com).

     The newsletter is free to anyone who wants to receive it by e-mail.  Each monthly issue is divided into four parts and one part is e-mailed every week during the month.  Those who are interested may subscribe by sending a blank e-mail to biblicalhomeschooling-subscribe@yahoogroups.com and then following the instructions that will be sent, or by signing up on the web at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/biblicalhomeschooling/ ).  The table of contents for the September, 2012, issue (Volume 15, Number 2) is as follows:

1. THE YOUNG PERSON’S GUIDE TO THE HYMNBOOK (Addendum):

By Wayne S. Walker

2. TARGET DATE SET FOR CRC RATIFICATION

By Michael Farris, President of ParentalRights.org (Thu., Jan. 26, 2012)

3. DISGUSTED PARENTS ‘OCCUPY’ THE CLASSROOM By Marybeth Hicks (Jan. 25, 2012)

4. URGENT CALLS NEEDED TO STOP OBAMA’S ATTACK ON EDUCATIONAL FREEDOM:

By Michael P. Farris, JD, LLM; Chairman, HSLDA (Wed., Jan. 25, 2012)

5. THE NEA’S PLAN: KEEP YOUR ‘KIDS’ CAPTIVE LONGER By Charlotte Hays (Jan. 31, 2012

6. ‘TEBOW LAW’ FOR HOMESCHOOL SPORTS FINDS SUPPORT IN VA

By Bob Lewis, The Associated Press (January 22, 2012)

7. DO WE NEED THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION? By Charles Murray, American Enterprise Institute

8. THE DEER IN THE HEADLIGHTS By Kara Murphy

9. SCHOOL TO TEACHER: ‘GOD IS NOT ALLOWED’

By Michael Carl, WND

10. SUPERINTENDENT BULLIES CHRISTIAN STUDENT, CALLS HIM ‘IGNORANT’

By Tim Wildmon, President of American Family Association (January 25, 2012)

11. WHEN SCHOOLS BULLY STUDENTS

by Dave Tombers, WND

12. DROP THAT EGG—WAIT, DON’T DROP THAT EGG

By Paul Bass, Homeschool Channel Director (January 20, 2012)

13. PUBLIC SCHOOL PRIVILEGE By Paul Jacob

14. TYPES OF HOMESCHOOL CRITICS from the MTheads blog

15. SHOCKING VIDEO: PLANNED PARENTHOOD TARGETS KIDS WITH SEX

by Steven Ertelt, Washington, DC, LifeNews.com (2/14/12)

16. GOING, GOING…GONE:

WHY ARE YOUNG PEOPLE WALKING AWAY FROM OUR CHURCHES?

by Ken Ham (September 2, 2009)

17. DAN SAVAGE AND CARRIE PREJEAN

By Maggie Gallagher, Townhall Columnist (May 3, 2012)

18. “LET THERE BE DARKNESS” by Wayne S. Walker

19. PETER AND JOHN BEFORE THE COUNCIL (Acts chapter 4) By Wayne S. Walker

Monthly Meditation from 8/2012 Biblical Homeschooling Newsletter

     You are invited to receive BIBLICAL HOMESCHOOLING , a free, monthly e-mail newsletter of general interest, encouragement, and information for homeschooling Christians published by Wayne S. Walker, a minister and homeschooling father who lives in Salem, IL  (E-mail: wswalker310 (at) juno.com).  Anyone interested may subscribe by sending a blank e-mail to biblicalhomeschooling-subscribe@yahoogroups.com and then following the instructions that will be sent, or by signing up on the web at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/biblicalhomeschooling/

     Each month features a Monthly Meditation, and here is the one for the August, 2012, issue (Volume 15, Number 1):

Monthly Meditation

11. GOD HAS REMOVED OUR TRANSGRESSIONS

by Wayne S. Walker

     “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12). English writer Rudyard Kipling, who grew up in India, is credited with the saying, “East is east, and west is west, and never the twain shall meet.” In his day, Europe was considered “the West” while places like India and China were considered “the East,” and there was a great, almost unbridgeable gap, not only in distance but also in culture, between them. Even in our nation, the East Coast and the West Coast are not only over a thousand miles apart but very different in many other ways as well.

     David is saying that just as there is a great distance and separation between east and west, so God has made possible a great distance and separation between us and our sins. Some Bible critics have affected to see a vast distinction between what they call the God of the Old Testament, whom they view as a God of harshness and severity who just could not wait to catch people in sin so He could punish them, and the God of the New Testament, whom they view as a God of love, grace, and mercy who will just accept all people as they are. However, here in Psalm 103, David, in the Old Testament no less, says of God, “As a father pities his children, so the LORD pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust” (vs. 13-14).

     Of course, the New Testament explains in more detail how God has removed our transgressions from us. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Yet, God’s love does not mean unconditional acceptance. Even the New Testament tells us, “Therefore, consider the goodness and the severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off” (Romans 11:22). Yet, because of God’s love demonstrated in Christ, we can have the benefits of God’s promise, initially made in the Old Testament, that “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more” (Hebrews 10:17). What a wonderful blessing that God has removed the sins of those who obey Him as far as east is from west.   Homeschooling parents have the wonderful privilege of making part of their educational curriculum learning about God and His forgiveness.

Cave Springs School, Sarcoxie, MO

     The Cave Springs School is located between LaRussell and Sarcoxie, Missouri.  The 20-foot-by-40-foot one-room school, located on County Road 40 northeast of Sarcoxie, has a history going back to 1836-1838 when settlers were just moving into the area that would become Jasper County.  During the Civil War, the nearby property on the corner of Peace Church Road and Fountain Road is where the Rader Farm Massacre happened.  More than 30 Union soldiers were killed and mutilated on May 18, 1863, by Confederate guerrillas in an action that changed the tone of the Civil War in Jasper County.  After the massacre, both sides burned most of the communities in Jasper County, including Carthage, and started an escalating series of attacks on individual farms that forced most residents to flee the county for their lives.  The only safe place in the county was the far southeast corner, around a tiny schoolhouse built in 1836 that became the headquarters for a unit of Missouri Militia fighting for the Union.  That school was the Cave Springs School.   It was also the county courthouse for two years after Carthage was burned.  In the 1980s Selma Fieker, the last teacher at the school and the sparkplug behind preserving the building after it closed in 1966, died.  The school she so lovingly worked to save fell into disrepair after she died until 2004 when former Cave Springs students stepped in to save the building.   Helen Hunter, a former student, and Marjorie Bull, also a one-time student until 1942 and a former Jasper County Clerk, are leaders in the Eastern Jasper County Historic Sites Association, the group that owns the building.  The reconstruction of the school was completed in 2007.  The group approached the Jasper County Commissioners in March to see if they might be interested in taking ownership of the building and property around it.  The County took care of the land that historians say was the site of the massacre.   Long-term plans for the Rader Farm site call for the creation of a county park on that site.  Hunter and Bull asked that the county consider the same status for the Cave Springs School.  In 2009, the group added a stone memorial to the people from Cave Springs and nearby Bowers Mill who died defending their homes in the Civil War. http://www.carthagepress.com/news/county/x1042539703/Group-seeks-long-term-protection-for-Cave-Springs-School

http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM37PV_CAVE_SPRINGS_Historical_Site