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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Edwards Academy Happenings, Part 2

We finished week one of a two week look at the Civil War. Is it really possible to learn about the Civil War in a two week period? I suppose if you are 7 and half and 5 and a half years old two weeks seems like an eternity!

Like most every American, I've occasionally been on a Civil War kick, reading all the related literature I could, riveted and amazed. Every time I read anew about Lincoln's assassination, I grieve. Last summer when I read the popular-with-homeschoolers novel Across Five Aprils I literally wept at the end when Lincoln died.

Of course, the best look at Lincoln's life, and by extension the Civil War, is Abraham Lincoln: The War Years by poet Carl Sandburg. This thorough history fills four volumes in it's original publication (a condensed-by-the-author version is available, Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and the War Years), but is well worth the time invested. Perhaps it is time for me to revisit these books, which I borrowed from the library when my seven-year-olds were babies.

Our writing assignments generally connect in some way with our history topic and we began a six-week newspaper project this week. This idea was received with cheers on Monday morning, but the reality of writing article outlines dampened the enthusiasm later in the week. Nevertheless, their hard work reaped deep satisfaction when each girl produced a lovely three-paragraph article about their subject. Hope filed a report about Frederick Douglass and Sydney about Harriet Beecher Stowe. Lane shed some tears that he wasn't given a writing assignment (he's still just spelling short-vowel words!) so I think next week I'll let him dictate his "story."

Coming up next week in the Academy...
More Civil War history, our GRACE homeschool group resumes after semester break, and Tobias turns TWO!
Also, I'm hoping to take the kids to Lewis & Clark and the Indian Country, a traveling exhibition that is currently at Wichita State University (until February 22) . This look at the explorers trip from the point-of-view of the American Indian should be a nice outing after spending a week with the Expedition in the Edwards Academy last fall. I'll let you know.

In Other News...
Our economy seems poised to reap a very bitter harvest after several years of sowing folly into the real estate markets. The dollar is (way) down, oil is (way) up, the stimulus package suggestions are mere band-aids offered by vote-hungry politicians, and the long term path to a healthy American economy is not palatable to most Americans. In short, there is plenty to worry about. But our God is not worried. He is not surprised. He takes a very, very long view, as should we.

From Psalm 9:
9 The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.

10 Those who know your name will trust in you,
for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. (NIV)

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