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Information, Inspiration, and Encouragement
a Distinctively Christian Perspective of Home Education
Cindy Short and Sue Welch,
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Table of Contents
• Prayer Requests
• Constitution Week
• Comments on the Constitution by George W. Bush
• Studying the Constitution
• Government Series
• Biblical Principles: Basis for America's Laws
Jean Welles Worship Guitar Class
AVKO Multi-Sensory Language Arts
Roots of Freedom: Constitution Day Package
Enlightened Democracy by Tara Ross
National Flag Foundation's Young Patriots
Sunnyside Up: Humorous Anecdote
For the first time this fall, all schools that
assistance will be required by law to offer a "Constitution Day"
program commemorating the signing of the U.S. Constitution
on September 17, 1787.
This Constitution and Citizenship Day provision
into the omnibus spending bill by Sen. Robert Byrd who said,
"One will not protect what one does not value. And one cannot
value what one does not understand."
Although home-school families are not required
to offer this
program, it is a good time to teach your children about our
nation's founding documents.
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National Day of Prayer and Remembrance
for the Victims of Hurricane Katrina, September 16
Hurricane Katrina was one of the worst natural
our Nation's history. Please pray for those in need and for
those seeking to help them.
Home School Foundation (a division of Home
Defense Association) has established a Hurricane Emergency
Response program to help home-school families who have suffered
great losses. Report needs or make a donation at
Home-School Family Loses Six of Their Nine Children
Six children of the Mark and Joyce Bryant
family of Eggleston,
Virginia, died as the result of an explosion at the home where they
were visiting over the Labor Day weekend.
The children ranged in age from 2-19 years
old. Two of their
other children were hospitalized in critical but stable condition.
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Citizenship Day, September 17
Constitution Week, September 17 - 23
In remembrance of the signing of the Constitution
recognition of the Americans who strive to uphold the duties and
responsibilities of citizenship, the Congress has designated
September 17 as "Citizenship Day," and requested that the
President proclaim the week beginning September 17 and ending
September 23 of each year as "Constitution Week."
Resource: Constitution Day Pack
Contains free DVD ("A More Perfect Union")
Constitution, posters and storyboards, Constitution booklets, and
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Comments on the Constitution
by George W. Bush
President of the United States of America
The following are excepts from the President's
Citizenship Day and Constitution Week Proclamation.
Today, we marvel at the wisdom of the Framers
through a long summer of learned and contentious debates.
Their work produced a document that upholds
while answering the most practical questions of governance. The
charter they crafted -- with its separate branches of Government,
enumerated powers, checks and balances, and later the specific
protections provided by our Bill of Rights -- guides our Nation
and inspires others around the world.
As the delegates to the 1787 Constitutional
Philadelphia began working on what would become the United States
Constitution, they grasped that a great democracy must be built
on the twin foundations of
• National consent to a Federal Government and
• Respect for individual rights.
Balance of Powers
In creating our Nation's Constitutional framework,
Convention's delegates recognized the dangers inherent in
concentrating too much power in one person, branch, or
They wisely crafted a Government that balanced
and authority of a Federal system among three separate but equal
• The Executive,
• The Legislative,
• The Judicial.
As a further check on central power, the Framers
citizens the right to vote, giving them the power to express
their political preferences peacefully and thereby to effect
change in the Government.
The Convention delegates ratified the Constitution
September 17, 1787, and submitted it to the States for approval.
Bill of Rights
After much deliberation and discussion at
the State level,
the following two concerns emerged from among those who feared
the Constitution's proposed centralization of Federal power:
• The threat of tyranny; and
• The loss of local control.
To address these fears, our Founders amended
Constitution by adding a Bill of Rights.
These ten amendments provided a series of
clear limits on
Federal power and a litany of protective rights to citizens.
Today, our Nation celebrates the longest-lived
Constitution in world history.
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Studying the Constitution
The Constitution of the United States is the
our American Government. As the supreme law of the land, no law
may be passed that contradicts its principles, and no person or
government in the nation is exempt from following it.
• Read, study and discuss the Constitution with your students.
• Read the Constitution along with explanations at
• See Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Students at
• Compare the Bill of Rights and the Magna Carta at
The First Amendment
The First Amendment to the Constitution does
not include the
phrase "separation of church and state." Nowhere does it suggest
that Christianity cannot be heard in the public square.
The first act of the United States Congress
was to authorize
the printing of 20,000 Bibles for the Indians. Read more at
Judicial Interpretation of the Constitution
The subject of constitutional interpretation
is a valid and
practical concern today that will reach into many areas of our
life for years to come. It is very much in the news with the
confirmation hearing for Supreme Court chief justice nominee John
Two competing viewpoints have emerged:
1. To follow the original intent of the Constitution
2. To allow judges to interpret the Constitution as they will.
• Read "A Tale of Two Constitutions" by David Barton at
• Read more about the problems today in our judicial system
• Pray for the Lord's will in the appointments to the Supreme
• Read daily updates on the confirmation process at
• Volunteer to help out in Washington, D.C., this week
Naturalization Self Test
Could your children (or you) pass the test
to become a
citizen? Included are such questions as:
• In what year was the Constitution written?
• What do we call a change to the Constitution?
• What is the Bill of Rights?
• Can the Constitution be changed?
Test your knowledge of United States History
structure of our government on this easy-to-use online question
and answer interactive site.
The Federalist Papers Online
Civics Education Courses from HSLDA
Including: Founding Fathers, Introduction
Law, The Federalist Papers, Declaration of Independence.
by Tara Ross
Understand the Constitution and the
basic tenets that undergird America's
republican democracy as you never have
before! Free Study Guide at:
The Teaching Home Newsletters #66-68 addressed
the topic of
teaching about governments in general and the United States
government in particular.
This series offers much practical information,
links for further study, and application for Christians. It
would make an excellent study for Constitution Week, Sept. 19-23.
Following is an outline of what each issue
Newsletter Issue #66: Introduction to Government
1. What and How To Teach
2. The Biblical Basis of Government
3. Forms of Government
Newsletter #67: United States Government
1. We are a Republic, not a Democracy
2. The Constitution
3. The Three Branches of Government; Checks and Balances
4. Distribution of Government Powers
5. How a Bill Becomes a Law
6. Our Heritage of Freedom; Our Christian Heritage
Newsletter #68: Our Responsibilities in Government
1. The Spiritual Aspect of Political Action
2. Political Action
3. Guidelines for Any Lobbying Effort
Fulfill Your Patriotic
National Flag Foundation's Young Patriots
program. Assignments, exploration, learning
games. Unrevised, inspiring American history.
Special homeschool pricing.
Biblical Principles: Basis for America's Laws
Excerpted and reprinted by permission from an article
by Charles and Cindy Meek, Faith Facts
Christians believe that the Bible offers ultimate,
and absolute truth. There was a general consensus on this point
in America from the earliest settlers until only very recently.
So it was natural for the early Americans to turn to the
for guidance as to how to make civil law. This was the standard
for law beginning with the Mayflower Compact all the way through
the constitutions of all 50 states.
For example, the first state constitution was the
Orders of Connecticut (1639). You may read this document at
The framers of this document desired that
every aspect of
it be based on the Bible. This document was a model for other
constitutions including the U.S. Constitution which followed it.
(See other Preambles to State Constitutions
Rule of Law
Another aspect of our system of government
is that it is
based on the Rule of Law. This concept is a direct descendant
of Hebrew law and the Ten Commandments.
Together with the concept of inalienable rights
these concepts helped ensure a way of life that respected the
dignity of every individual.
The True Nature of Man
Another important aspect of America's constitution
it has as its basis the distinctly Christian idea that man is
basically sinful. Every one of our founding fathers understood
this truth. The result was that the founders built into the
Constitution an elaborate system of checks and balances.
This is evident in the horizontal plane of
legislative, and judicial branches of government. It is also
evident in the vertical plane of federalism -- states' powers
versus federal powers.
Some other systems are based on the idea that
basically good, or at least perfectible by law and education.
But states based on these utopian ideas are
and particularly repressive to their citizens. These governments
end up as police states and take away the rights of their citizens.
See a chart of the influence of Biblical thought
legal system at http://faithfacts.gospelcom.net/cul_bible.html.
Resources from American Vision
• "Did George Bush Lie About America Being Founded on Christian
Principles?" by Gary DeMar
• American History and Government Articles Archive
• "America's Christian Heritage" by Gary DeMar
Resources from Wall Builders
• Online articles and excellent resources.
• Read the testimonies of Paine, Franklin, Washington,
Hamilton, Jefferson, and Madison online at
• Read "Republic v. Democracy" by David Barton at
DVDs or Videos on Our Christian Heritage
• "America's Godly Heritage"
• "A Nation Adrift"
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Sunnyside Up: Too Much of a Good Thing
In my first year of home schooling, I'm afraid
I was a bit
over zealous about "hands-on" and using manipulatives.
One morning our son, 5, was stuck on a subtraction
I already had the counting rods and a set of multicolored paper
clips out to help him "visualize" the answer. Sensing his
frustration, I dashed to the kitchen to grab the abacus.
From the room already cluttered with manipulatives
the floor, I heard, "Mom, can't I pleeeeease just use my brain
Submitted by Maureen S., Florida
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Him as our Savior and Lord, He will give us eternal life.
"For by grace you have been saved through
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