As African-American homeschooling parents, one of our primary goals is to provide our children with a Biblical understanding and awareness of who they are and whose they are. Our vision is to instill in them academic excellence and pride in all that God has created them to be.

With those goals in mind, we as parents recognize that the version of American history that is found in traditional historical texts and taught in most academic environments is, in reality, the history of those of western European descent. Although the stories are beautiful and moving in and of themselves, there are gaps in the account of people of color--any color. Minus a few brief sketches of the most prominent faces of the era (i.e., Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass), the student of these texts is often left without a complete telling of his own history.

Our purpose is also larger than African-American history education; we want to shed God's light upon our stories, both past and present. Without a Christian world view, the history of the African- American would seem almost tragic; with that same world view, our history portrays the greatness of God and His ability to transcend the evils that would have devastated our people.

It is our prayer that each one who uses our products will be enlightened and inspired by the stories told. Most of all, regardless of the struggles that our people and all people encountered in building this great nation, we should be clear that, as Romans 8:28 exhorts us, 'All things work together for good for them that love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.' May God bless you richly.

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Our elementary school history series, “Our History, HIS-Story,” is a complete, stand-alone, inclusive history package. However, this series features the following African-Americans:

• Benjamin Banneker
• Denmark Vesey
• Harriet Tubman
• Frederick Douglass...
• Booker T. Washington
• W. E. B. DuBois
• Ida B. Wells-Barnett
• Mary McLeod Bethune
• Elijah McCoy
• George Washington Carver
• Hannibal Lee
• Jackie Robinson
• Martin Luther King, Jr
• Mae Jemison
• Colin Powell...

The purpose of this series is two-fold: 1) it strives to first establish the presence of African-Americans in light of Romans 8:28, and 2) it provides all readers--not only African-Americans--with an entire story as opposed to a snapshot of one era in this period of history. Finally, although African-Americans are featured, this curriculum truly is inclusive. There are stories of Native Americans, there are resources for understanding Asian-American immigration, and the stories behind the arrival and survival of all people in creating this great nation. Included are stories of the immigration of Eastern Europeans, stories which help a young student understand Asian and Asian-American culture during World War II and the Vietnam War, and continued encounters with the everyday people who have become heroes and heroines in the greatest country in the world.

This information-packed curriculum will appeal to all learning styles. The guides walks a student through history using books selected in part for exquisite illustrations and photography. Its read-aloud approach to learning brings to life (through Mom and Dad) the stories of everyday people whom God used to make America beautiful, and allows opportunities for parents and students to bond while reading and learning together. There are also fun hands-on activities to enhance the subjects presented and to afford more kinesthetic learners the opportunity to gather the knowledge in their own way. Get ready to enjoy learning!

Product Sample--Education, Invention, and Collective Power
Product Sample--The Great Depression and World War II



When we began marketing the "Our History, HIS-Story" series", the most common question we were asked regarded the age-appropriateness of the curriculum. The general feedback was that parents wanted a similar product that would minister to an older child. "This Far By Faith" is a product for the middle school (grades 5-8) level child. Our commitment to the enjoyment of learning remains the same. The approach to learning is still largely adapted from Charlotte Mason's living books school of thought: rich and engaging stories, read-aloud opportunities for parent/child interaction as well as time for student self-reading, and additional activities for deeper reflection.

However, as Susan Wise Bauer states in The Well-Trained Mind, 'somewhere around fourth grade...the mind begins to generalize, to question, to analyze--to develop the capacity for abstract thought...the student begins to connect all the facts she has learned and to discover the relationship among them.' (Bauer, p. 239) We spend more time and effort on the societal, cultural, and even religious practices that allow slavery to exist; we delve into the thought processes and the people behind the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution; finally, we learn far more about the African-American leaders of the age, whose philosophies helped change a way of thinking and transition a people from victims of a cruel injustice into significant contributors in the making of a great and powerful nation.

The fundamental "textbook" for this two-part curriculum is Joy Hakim's A History of US series. We build upon Hakim's presentation of history with varied activities to provide a Christian worldview, including a "Shining God's Light on our Journey" period of written and verbal expression at the end of each book in the series.

This is an excellent addition to your homeschool library. Happy learning!

Nurturing Christian Character through the Black Experience

Galatians 5:22-23 teaches us that the fruits of the Holy Spirit are patience, love, joy, faithfulness, gentleness, goodness, kindness, longsuffering, and self-control. How do we teach children to apply this and other truths in the real world? How do we nurture who our children are in Christ in light of who they are perceived to be in the world? "Nurturing Christian Character through the Black Experience" is designed to give children an opportunity to increase in ministry while learning the experience of people of African descent across the globe.


“Nurturing Christian Character” is presented in a read/question/answer format. It is designed for the student to read a book, answer the associated questions, and to think about the larger life lessons that each story holds for an adolescent lay minister. This is the perfect opportunity for a student to develop notebooks, lapbooks, or by some other means, to journal his findings about the story, and about himself.

Designed for ages 10 and up, this product features 9 of the best historical fiction and non-fiction books currently available. Your child will meet such captivating characters such as Paulie, who is torn between her Haitian home and her dream of freedom in the United States. Then share the excitement of Joshua Loper, an 11-year-old who leaves his mother to "be a man" on his first ride as a Black cowboy after the Civil War. You'll partake in the pain, the fear, and the triumph of Melba Patillo, who stood in the face of pointed prejudice and harsh criticism from Whites and Blacks alike as she entered Central High as one of the "Little Rock Nine". Finally, meet Sahay and Rahel, the Ethiopian Christian and Ethiopian Jew, respectively, who learn powerful lessons about life and each other in their journey from a land torn by famine and war.

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