Welcome to the Pilgrim Institute Blog
Welcome to the Pilgrim Institute Blog
The Pilgrim Institute was established in 1979 to re-educate the American Christian in his responsibility to be governed by the principles of the Scriptures in all areas of his life, including the civil sphere, and to restore an understanding of local self-government.
Pilgrim Institute serves families, Christian leaders, concerned citizens, businessmen, and educators, equipping them to act in their own sphere of influence and their local communities, to restore the ideas and principles which promote individual, religious, economic, and civil liberty.
This blog is presented as a means of sharing principles and ideas of America’s Christian history and government and the Principle Approach to American Christian education. Our hope is that you will find the materials beneficial for yourself and your family. Please submit questions which you desire to have addressed and we invite you to subscribe to the feed to be aware of new postings. New postings can be found under our blog categories at the top of the page, American Christian Education and America’s Christian History.
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Online Course (High School)
The Mighty Works of God, A Providential History Program for Children
Christian Educator Reviews:
“The Mighty Works of God is one of the best children’s history textbook series that is available. These textbooks provide a reliable view of history as the author relied on primary sources, not just secondary sources. It is thoroughly Biblically based and teaches the hand of God moving in the lives of individuals and nations. Each book is beautifully produced with color pictures and illustrations. There is a very robust and thorough Teacher’s Guide for each book that equips the homeschool parent or Christian teacher to teach history using the historic Christian method of researching, reasoning, relating and recording. When parents and teachers ask me what resource to use for elementary history, I will respond, Ruth Smith’s The Mighty Works of God series.”
Max Lyons, Ph.D., Director of Teaching Services for The Foundation for American Christian Education
The Mighty Works of God series has been such a beneficial gift to our school because of the way it supports our school’s philosophy of teaching History from a Providential view in which God, as Creator and sustainer of His Story, has been and continues to be actively working His plan of salvation for mankind. This underlying theme is seen clearly through each lesson of Mrs. Smith’s work.
Our teachers have also found this series to strongly support our methodology of educating students. At Christian Heritage Academy, we train students in the Principle Approach methodology, also recognized as “Biblical reasoning”. Our students learn to reason through the events of History from a Biblical worldview. One way the series assists with this is by the solid historical content, clearly identifying God’s providential hand in His Story. With so many History products available, it can be difficult discerning between truth and revisionism. Lesson notes, activities and assignments give students practical experience in developing thinking skills as well as opportunities to reason through a Biblical worldview lens. Another way The Mighty Works of God supports our methodology is that Biblical principles and leading ideas are clearly laid out in a very usable format. This is great in that it assists all of our teachers, those who are new to the Principle Approach as well as the veteran teachers, in guiding them directly into truth and equips them with the ability to teach more practically.
I have found the materials in this series to be extremely helpful in my own lesson planning because I can trust them and by doing so helps cut down the time involved in researching and finding innovative ways of teaching students to reason Biblically. This might seem to undermine my growth as a teacher because everything has been done for me; however, I have found that while these materials are very thorough, they are written in a way that actually causes me to desire to know more. I have found them to be a springboard for my own personal growth and study. It is my prayer that as I extend this experience to my students, they too will be changed and desire to learn more about the Great Author of History. I highly recommend The Mighty Works of God to anyone, be he or she a student of History or one who teaches others.
Mrs. Tami Low
Christian Heritage Academy, Del City, OK
Training American Christian Leaders for every sphere of society
I have been learning from Ruth Smith since I was 16 years old; I am now 40! My mom used to take me with her to attend Pilgrim Institute Conferences. I have also attended the Rudiments of America’s Christian History and Government Course and the Developing an American Christian Curriculum. Both helped me tremendously in running the school we now have which is located in Reedley, California.
Additionally, the curriculum which Pilgrim Institute provides is high quality. The Mighty Works of God series are durable, beautiful, scholarly researched and written with the specific intent to help children reason Biblically from cause to effect and internally to externally.
I highly recommend all their training, curriculum and teachings!
Joshua Vaughn, KLIP International
“The Mighty Works of God” history series has been a great blessing in the Christian school where I have had an opportunity to teach them for a number of years. From the introductory lessons which present a distinct philosophy of history all the way through the content which touches upon the nine links of history with different content in each volume, there is a continuity of a philosophy of history and government worded for children to understand. Students, along with the teacher, are challenged to love God and country more. The Teacher’s Guides save time for busy teachers by providing: 1) original source background material; 2) lesson plans organized around one leading idea at a time; 3) reasoning questions that put the lessons beyond just facts and dates of history and 4) activity sheets that identify the principles of the subject. With each year and volume I teach, I am constantly learning, growing and being inspired by God’s Mighty Works. Teachers can find the inspiration they are needing through these history volumes.
Peggy White, www.LibertyLantern.com; Elementary Teacher, Hampden DuBose Academy, Zellwood, Florida
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- Review from a Homeschool Mom of The Mighty Works of God
- Home Educating Family Association Review
- Hearts at Home Review
Comments from families and homeschool families using The Mighty Works of God with their children: