Throughout our homeschooling years we have focused on Providence in American history. When we have looked back at Jamestown, Plymouth, the bullet proof George Washington, WWI and WWII and many more events in history we are constantly reminded of God's provisions and blessings on this country. Even by studying western civilization and the history that led up to the founding of America it just simply amazes me. I am able to see the thread that came from the Garden of Eden up to the present time. History is the most important subject that out children can learn. I say this because it is His Story and there is nothing more important than that.
Currently Matthew is studying Medieval times. There were so many interesting things that occurred during this period. Some very interesting, some very sad, some very strange, at least to us in the twenty-first century. I can tell when Matt thinks that it is sometimes also boring, but I remind him that each part of history is part of His Story and we need to place it into context of "Where have we been and how did we get where we are now?" It is basically a world view training. When history is ignored or revised the people become ignorant. I can see this from my own experience. I really didn't know history well at all before a began teaching it to my own children. Now I feel so much more informed about life. When people try to misdirect others all they have to do is remove history, or teach lies about it. This is what has happened in the public schools. Children are not taught the heritage of our country. I don't simply mean George Washington or Paul Revere, but even the amazing history that led up to the reason why America was settled in the first place. If they are taught anything at all it is how the white people came to oppress the Native Americans. Or how people over the years have ruined the environment.
I hope that a strong back ground in history will create a love of it and will open many opportunities for my children throughout their life time. Imagine the possibilities when a child gets excited about the invention of the printing press and how for the first time people could read the Bible in large, bold, beautifully decorated print for the first time in history. Or how the Wright brothers built an airplane and flew it. Or how Thomas Edison lit up America. There is so much to spur on the excitement in a youngster when they are introduced to the wonderful world of history, or His Story because His love and providential hand prints are all over the past and the present and the future. Teach history. Love history. For it's His Story.