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Hear from teens, homeschooling parents, homeschool grads, and singles who are just like you. They love the Lord, resist temptation, sometimes blow it, struggle with relationships, and are pressing on to see Jesus face to face! Great discussions that will stretch you to live Christian lives.

    Family Road Trips Exploring Early US History

    Family Road Trips Exploring Early US History

    Family Road Trips Exploring Early US History

    In “Family Road Trips Exploring Early US History,” Episode, #210, Meredith Curtis talks to teens and parents about the benefits of travel to explore Early American History. Meredith takes you to early settlements, colonial towns, the Museum of the Bible, American Revolution sites, Presidential Homes, living museums, and federal buildings.





     



     



     











     



     

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    We have a beautiful heritage of freedom in the USA. It’s fun to jump in the family van and explore our early history on site! Taking our children to visit amazing places across this beautiful nation of ours can help inspire a love of freedom. 



    Spanish Settlements



    * St. Augustine (Florida)

    * The California Mission Trail



    English Settlements



    * Jamestown, Virginia

    * Plymouth, Massachusetts



    Colonial Towns



    * Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

    * New Castle, Delaware

    * Charleston, South Carolina



    American Revolution



    * Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    * Mount Vernon, Virginia - the home of George Washington

    * Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia - the home of Thomas Jefferson

    * Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation Red Hill, Virginia

    * Old North Church Historic Site, Boston, Massachusetts



    Early America



    * Lewis & Clark Boat House & Museum, St. Charles, Missouri

    * Fort Boonesborough State Park Living History (NPS), Richmond, Kentucky

    * Daniel Boone Homestead, Birdsboro, Pennsylvania

    * Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware



    US Federal Buildings



    * US Supreme Court, Washington DC

    * US Capitol, Washington DC

    * US White House, Washington DC



    Museum of the Bible



    * Washington DC

    * The Museum of the Bible is an amazing museum dedicated to God’s Word. Exhibits focus on the stories of the Bible, archaeology, Bible history, art treasures, the Bible’s impact on the world and, drum roll, the Bible’s impact on America! This is the perfect section to learn about Jonathan Edwards, Charles Finney, Religious Freedom in America, and the Abolition Movement. This museum is amazing! The Museum of the Bible is located at 400 South Street, SW, Washington, D.C.  20024. Visit online: a rel="NOFOLLOW" href="https://www.museumofthebible.

    Celebrate 5 Moms Who Changed the World

    Celebrate 5 Moms Who Changed the World

    Celebrate 5 Moms Who Changed the World

    In “Celebrate 5 Moms Who Changed the World,” Episode, #209, Meredith Curtis invites you to meet 5 amazing women who changed the world! A Jewish momma, a pastor’s wife, a Victorian mother, the mother of a President, and a modern woman have or are all changing the world. Each faced or face challenges, yet each woman perseveres. Be inspired and encouraged by the lives of these women!





     



     



     







     







     

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    The hand that rock the cradle rules the world. Meet five women who changed the world!



    Jochebed

    A young Jewish wife and mother who had only a few years to impart her faith in her son who would grow up to be the deliverer Moses.



    Susannah Wesley

    After giving birth to 19 children, 10 made it infancy. Two of her sons led a revival in England, one writing over 1,000 hymns. Susannah was purposeful in raising her children for the glory of God.



    Mary Eliot Edison

    When Thomas exasperated his teachers, they labeled him “dumb” and “lazy” so Mary kept him home and taught him herself.



    Nelle Reagan

    Nelle’s alcoholic husband made life difficult for Nelle and her two sons. But her faith in God and heart to serve others gave a future President a good foundation.



    You!

    In choosing to homeschool, you are changing the world – here’s why!



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    Teen Life Skill: Plan a Road Trip!

    Teen Life Skill: Plan a Road Trip!

    Teen Life Skill: Plan a Road Trip!

    In “Teen Life Skill: Plan a Road Trip!,” Episode, #208, Meredith Curtis talks to teens and parents about the benefits of teens planning the next family road trip! She gives the practicals of what to plan and how to budget for a trip. Teens can pack their suitcase, pack the car, and map out the trip. Oh, and don’t forget the itinerary!





     



     



     







     







     

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    Most homeschool families hit the road in the spring or summer for that wonderful family vacation! Hey Teens, why not plan the next family road trip (with some input and help financially, of course). It’s super-fun and you should get homeschool credit for it!



    Benefits of Planning a Road Trip



    * Finance & Budgeting Skills

    * Booking Hotels, Campsites, etc.

    * Mapping Skills

    * Food Planning & Prep Skills

    * Decision-Making & Planning Skills

    * Decision-Making on Behalf of Others for their Benefit



    What to Plan



    * Itinerary

    * Overnight Stops – Hotel, Campsite, Airbnb

    * Best Route with Stops (Scenic vs. Speed)

    * What to Bring & How to Pack

    * Saving/Spending Money

    * Recording the Memories – Photos, Videos

    * Tune-Up, Tires, etc Before Trip



    Road Trip Finances



    * Hotel, Food, Gas

    * Theme Park & Museum Expenses

    * Clothing & Essentials for Trip



    Packing Practicals



    * Clothing, Shoes, Equipment (tennis rackets), Hats, Sunglasses,

    * Coolers for Snacks & Drinks

    * Blankets, Pillows



    Snacks for the Cars & Other Important Vehicle Info



    * Snacks & Drinks for Car

    * Tune-Up Before Trip: Tire, Brakes, Fluids

    * Mileage

    * Flat Tire, Gas Tank, Stops



    Map Out the Trip!



    * Use Atlas or Online

    * Are there any stops (e.g We’re driving pretty close to the Grand Canyon or Smokey Mountains)



    Itinerary



    * Go, go, go family or rest, rest, rest?



    What does your family love? Sports, beach, mountains, museums, theme parks, boating, hiking?

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    Hosanna Hallelujah Easter Fun

    Hosanna Hallelujah Easter Fun

    Hosanna Hallelujah Easter Fun

    In “Hosanna Hallelujah Easter Fun,” Episode, #206, join Meredith Curtis and learn to celebrate Holy Week and Easter in a meaningful way. Pass on biblical truth and values to your children through family traditions, devotions, crafts, food, and fun. Experience the depth of the Holy Week & Resurrection celebrations with role playing and object lessons. Don’t worry – Meredith likes to celebrate the easy way!





     



     



     







     







     

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    Show Notes

    Every Gospel Writer shares the details of Jesus’ final week from Palm Sunday to the Resurrection.



    Biblical Truth

    The Final Week – Biblical Events (Resurrrection Eggs, Laminated 8”x11” posters)

    Resurrection Power



    Biblical Values

    Celebrating, Thanking, Worship, Sharing the Good News



    Family Traditions

    Church, Devotions, Extended Family Meals, Palm Sunday Parade, Egg Hunts, Hats, New Easter Dresses, Crafts, Scripture Placecards



    Devotions

    Family Devotions Start Palm Saturday to Sunday after Easter

    Jesus Anointed, Palm Sunday, Jesus Clears Temple, Passover, Garden, Arrest, Trial, Cross, Burial, Resurrection, Appears to Disciples, Walk to Emmanus, Jesus Reinstates Peter, Ascension



    Crafts

    Easter Wheel, Resurrection Eggs,



    Food

    Passover Seder: Roasted Chicken, Lamb, Apple & Walnut Charoset, Carrot Salad, Potato Latke, Cheese Blintzes, Apple Tartlets

    Good Friday Ideas: Lamb or Roast or Fish, Parslied Potatoes, Asparagus, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Red Grape Juice

    Easter Breakfast Ideas: Broccoli Quiche, Cinnamon Rolls, Raspberry Cheese Danish, Orange Juice, Coffee

    Easter Dinner Ideas: Ham or Roast, Potato Salad, Jello Salad, Deviled Eggs, Minted Peas & Carrots, Carrot Cake, Coconut Cake, Key Lime Pie



    Role Playing

    Dress Up & Act It Out

    Podcast, Radio Drama, Video



    Object Lessons

    Resurrrection Eggs

    Lamb Blood & Snake Venom

    When snake venom is injected into a lamb or sheep, the animal will create antibodies to fight the poison.

    When the sheep is bitten by a poisonous snake, it will have difficulty swallowing, the tongue will protrude from the mouth, and the animal will dribble saliva. Often the animals will be unable to stand after he expels his stomach contents through his nose. After remaining motionless for a period of time, the sheep will regain consciousness.

    The sheep’s stomach contains a special enzyme found in the stomach that breaks down the venom.

    2 weeks of Family Devotions & Crafts



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    • 28 min
    Of the People, By the People, For the People

    Of the People, By the People, For the People

    Of the People, By the People, For the People

    In “Of the People, By the People, For the People,” Episode, #205, join Meredith Curtis and her friend Linda Salmon as they describe what the Founders had in mind when they created a brand-new government based on God-given freedom that gave the power to the people. Linda and Meredith discuss the environment that fosters freedom and what factors destroy liberty. Homeschoolers are in an unique position to foster a love of freedom and skills to maintain freedom in their children. Merey and Linda share practical ways to do just that!





     



     



     







     







     

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    Historically, leaders create empires, nations, and cities to enrich themselves. The USA was a grand experiment in self-government and freedom. After all, our rights come from God. Government’s job is to protect those rights and leave people free to live their lives responsibly.



    Of the People

    Representative government. Republic not democracy.



    For the People

    Purpose is to protect freedom not to enrich leaders.



    By the People

    In American, every citizen has a voice and a vote.



    Best Environment for This Government

    Love of Freedom. Freedom of Speech. Respect for Other People. Educated. Well-Read. Marketplace of Ideas. Rights not encroached.



    What Can Destory This Government

    Corrupt Leaders. Looking to Government to Care for the People rather than Protect Freedom. Victim Mentality. Heavy Taxation/Inflation. Government Usurping Power and Trying to Take Away Rights.



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    Uncover God’s Purpose & Agenda in this fresh innovative look at government. Since God is the source of authority, He delegates that authority to the individuals, families, churches, and sovereign nations with clearly defined responsibilities and limits. Let’s dive into the the Lord’s way to govern your life, family, church, and nation at the state, local, and national level.

    Explore American exceptionalism, forms of government, the roots of freedom, our Constitution, elections, politics, military, manners (self-government), citizenship, and personal freedom. Discover what God values in leaders and how He works in us to grow as leaders. People often have very different ideas about how to run societies and countries, yet we need to compare these ideas to the Word of God, our standard of truth. Discover what happens when man’s agenda conflicts with God’s purpose and plan.

     

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    Travel to the Netherlands with Me III

    Travel to the Netherlands with Me III

    Travel to the Netherlands with Me III

    In “Travel to the Netherlands III,” Episode, #204, join Meredith Curtis on a trip back in time to the Netherlands during and after World War II. Discover the impact World War II had on families and children who became heroes who hid the Jewish people and made life hard for the occupying Nazis. Learn about the Evian Conference and Anne Frank. Meet Dutch heroes like Corrie ten Boom and Brother Andrew. Discover how World War II changed the Netherlands.





     



     



     







     







     

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    Show Notes

    The Netherlands is a plucky little nation in Northern Europe with a fascinating history. World War II brought horror to the nation, but the Dutch people fought back by hiding Jews and making life difficult for the occupying Nazis.



    Evian Conference

    In July 1938, a conference was held in Evian-les-Bains, France. Would anyone take the Jews? Denmark and the Netherlands. Hitler used the response of the world’s nations to justify his “Final Solution.” Some Jews did indeed flee to the Netherlands and Denmark.



    World War II

    The Netherlands remained neutral in World War I but was invaded by Hitler’s Nazi army in 1940 and was occupied by German troops until 1945 when they were liberated by the Allies.

    Jews were rounded up to die in concentration camps. Many brave Dutchmen and Dutchwomen, like Corrie ten Boom and her family, risked their lives to hide Jews in secret rooms built in their homes. Others like Brother Andrew sabotaged the Nazi invaders.



    Anne Frank

    Friends of the family hid the Franks in a secret attic room. Otto, Edith, and their two daughters Margot and Anne hid in the secret room for a little over two years before the Nazis found them. During that time Anne kept a diary. Otto was the only one to survive the camps and he was given the diary that the family who hid the Franks kept for him. The house is now a museum.



    Corrie ten Boom

    In 1844, Corrie's grandfather, Willem was approached by a Messianic Jewish pastor who asked Willem to start a weekly prayer meeting for the Jewish people.

    "When Casper was warned of the danger of hiding Jewish people, imprisonment and death, Casper declared that he felt it a great privilege to give his life to save God's Chosen People." Corrie and Betsy shared his heart.

    Final Raid – ten Booms arrested. Jews stayed hidden and escaped. Corrie’s ministry.

    Visiting the Hiding Place.



    Brother Andrew

    Andrew van der Bijl’s life was abruptly changed when the German Nazis invaded in 1940. Andrew and others like him determined to do everything they could to thwart the Nazis: Hide and care for the Jews, help Allies, blow up bridges and destroy railroads to keep the Germans from moving men and supplies.

    Andrew’s education stopped when the Nazis invaded. All food Dutch farmers grew was sent to German soldiers. Dutch men were kidnapped and forced to serve in German factories. Andrew’s teen years were filled with horror and hunger. Yet, God protected him and after serving in the military, he gave his life to Christ.

    He and his wife Corrie started a ministry called Open Doors to minister to persecuted Christians behind the Iron Curtain (those Christians in Communist Europe) and later the Bamboo Curtain (those Christians in Communist Asia). Near the end of his life, he ministered to persecuted believers in the Middle East.



    Post-World War II

    After the war was over,

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