Pilgrim Institute Training Opportunities
Developing an American Christian Curriculum
Winter Garden, Florida
$325 — Registered by June 5, 2017
$350 — Registered after June 5, 2017
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“Many Americans have little understanding of the price that was paid for us to have the Bible in our hands. It is important for the students to treasure the Bible as the Word of God and to recognize the price that men paid to give us the Bible in English.”1
The history of the Bible in English begins with the earliest light of John Wycliffe’s translation from the Latin. The Roman church of that day did not approve the people having the Scriptures in their hand, but Wycliffe labored for the people of England to have the Word of God in their language. Though his life was threatened, God preserved Wycliffe and his assistants to produce the written word. But first the people had to learn to read. Even without the printing press, the knowledge of the Word spread throughout England. “Historians tell us that if you met two people on the road in England, at least one would have followed the teachings of Wycliffe.”2
“William Tyndale had studied the Word of God. He knew it was very important for each person to read the Bible for himself. He did not think the church leaders should be the only ones who could have a Bible. He declared, ‘If God preserves my life, I will cause a boy that driveth a plow to know more of the Scriptures than the pope.”3 Tyndale dedicated his life to translating the Scriptures, not from the Latin, but from the original languages. For this labor, he paid the ultimate sacrifice, as he was imprisoned and martyred. God, in His wisdom, opened the door for Tyndale’s translation in England. “Within one year, Tyndale’s translation of the Bible was brought to the King. The King said the Bible could be sold in England.”4
Persecution of Bible scholars and teachers under the bloody rule of Queen Mary brought together the men who would produce the Geneva Bible – the Bible of the Pilgrims. Though Queen Mary’s purpose was evil, God meant it for good.
The story goes on with the great price that was paid for the Bible to be in English for all the people. Do we as individuals and families know this story and do we treasure it?
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If you’re homeschooling through high school, it may be beneficial to find ways for your student to learn from an outside teacher with all the convenience of staying at home. With your guidance and oversight, well-chosen online learning can greatly enrich your student’s homeschool education.
Naturally, you’ll be looking for online learning in subjects you feel under-prepared to teach. That might be mathematics, perhaps foreign language, upper level science, or quite often a course fulfilling your requirement to teach high school government.
In some cases, your student may have a particular interest they are passionate about pursuing. Online learning could be a great option for expanding their learning in a specific field.
It’s also possible for a high school student to earn dual credit for both high school and college via online classes.
But how will you choose? Budget limits and time commitments will no doubt be a factor. Make a point of seeking your spouse’s insights concerning the choices you are considering. Let your student suggest options. Check the requirements for graduation and think about which credits would best be earned at home, in a coop, in a homeschool class, or via online learning.
Be prayerful throughout this process. Wait for God’s leading and only move ahead when the direction is clear.
As you explore options, look carefully at student expectations. Will your student be required to attend an online class at a specified time? What are the deadlines? How will student work be evaluated? What are
the course objectives? What views are promoted in the teaching? What materials will your student study? Does the thinking align with your family’s values?
If you’re looking for a Biblically-based resource that highlights the influence of God’s Word upon our nation, you’ve come to the right place. Link?? Restoring America’s Biblical Foundations is a power-packed series for families, coops, homeschool groups, concerned citizens, future leaders, or individual study.
Build your view of the individual and the nation by beginning with your view of God; how man was created for self government and liberty; a view of history that recognizes God’s hand at work; the principles that produced our federal, constitutional republic; and the one and only source of hope for our nation.
Here are some comments from high schoolers who have completed the study:
“To have a strong and good government we need to follow God and the laws He has made for us.”
“God’s Word enables us to govern ourselves. It changes us from within.”
“We need to be knowledgeable about our government.”
“I’ve learned a lot about the Christian side of government! And how God wants us to view government. I loved that this class helped me express what I think about the Biblical view of Government.”
As you build your thinking, you’ll want to consider the full-fledged, yearlong, online study Pilgrim Institute offers for high school history and government. It might be just what your student needs to be equipped for the future. The lessons deepen understanding and thinking skills, cultivate reasoning and writing skills, and enable young people to act from conviction as they step forward as citizens in our republic.
Thankfully, families within the homeschool community recognize that cultivating the character of their children is a top priority in their homeschooling efforts.
The challenge, though, is achieving this goal in daily teaching amidst the challenges of school work, laundry, dishes, care for family members, and more.
I recall a conversation in which a well-organized mom voiced her dilemma: “I know I want to build character in my children, but we also have to learn the lessons in our curriculum. I have a hard time knowing how to accomplish both of those goals.”
Good news, parents! If you consider specific foundations in your thinking, you don’t have to sacrifice character-building for the sake of accomplishing the academics your students need to master.
It helps to realize that education is much more than knowledge or learning. Noah Webster’s definition is helpful in informing our thinking. “Education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and form the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations.” American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828.
Webster’s 1828 dictionary definition of character helps our thinking as well. “The peculiar qualities, impressed by nature or habit on a person, which distinguish him from others.” By extension, we could say that Christian character is the mark of Christ made upon the heart of the individual, revealed in his actions.
Employing the habits necessary to impressing these desired qualities requires intentional, consistent effort on the part of the parent. We are helped in this effort by focusing on why and how we teach rather than placing all the emphasis on what we teach.
Lessons that require the student to exercise thinking rather than rote learning will be immensely helpful. Your child was asking the question why from the high chair, before he had words to express his thinking. He pushed food onto the floor simply to find out if it would fall.
If you cultivate the reasoning capacity of your children all along the way, they will treasure learning and take it to heart. The process of thinking will shape and mold their character as they consider cause and effect relationships, as they compare and contrast, and as they draw conclusions.
As you discuss ideas, rather than simply memorize facts and information, you are shaping their capacity to evaluate and consider. The natural extension of this learning is to record important ideas and express thinking in sentences, paragraphs and more.
The process of thinking requires a discipline of the mind. The process of writing cultivates qualities of attention to detail, diligence, discipline and control.
As you pursue an intentional view and method of character-focused education, you may spend more time engaging with your students and accomplishing your lessons. There may be less busywork, and you may have to find a way to fold laundry while asking your student to think and reason, but your investment will be well worth your time.
As you consistently spend time thinking together and writing, you’ll be building your own personalized education. The lessons will be not only be recorded on paper, they’ll be taken to heart. What better way to shape and mold attitudes, build a character for independent thinking and lifelong love for learning, and make a difference in your child’s future?
* Emphasize ideas over information
* Analyze or simply memorize
* Present ideas
* Explain subject matter based on underlying principles
* Encourage mastery
* Express the subject matter as a reflection of the Character of God
Pilgrim Institute has been helping parents along this pathway for three decades. We would love to walk alongside you in your homeschooling journey. www.PilgrimInstitute.org
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