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“For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.” – Isaiah 55 v 12-13

Fabulous History Books for Young Children Free Online

I have been so excited to be able to use:

THE
BEGINNER’S AMERICAN HISTORY

BY
D. H. MONTGOMERY
AUTHOR OF THE LEADING FACTS OF HISTORY SERIES

BOSTON. U.S.A.
PUBLISHED BY GINN & COMPANY
1893

This book is so well written and is a very easy to use with young children. There is far more factual and story detail than I have found in most children’s History books and it is written in a very friendly style with great pictures and maps in between. It doesn’t trivialise history like many modern Children’s History books – and the illustrations are realistic and helpful. It has been perfect for my 5 and 8 years olds and even my little ones enjoy listening.

Find it on Gutenberg under Children’s Bookshelves. Here is the direct link to the HTML version.

Reprints are also available on Amazon.com.

Although I think the author refers to evolution in some of his other History books, I haven’t found any evolution in this book as its focus is modern American History. Also, because of the times he lived in, he does speak largely from a Christian worldview.

Another online free History book we are starting to use is:

YOUNG FOLKS’ HISTORY OF ENGLAND

by CHARLOTTE M. YONGE

found here.

Again I find the writing meaningful and less immersed in an incorrect worldview than many modern History books.

I have printed these books and plan to have them spiral bound and we are using them in our homeschool.

They are great resources!

“The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.” Proverbs 18 v 15

Investing My Heart in Motherhood Each Day

Do you have a vision for your parenting?

I find I need to renew my vision regularly so as not to get stuck in reactive mode. I need to be proactive in caring for and raising up these little souls that have been entrusted to me.

I so easily slip into auto-pilot. Do school, read story, play game, make lunch… – it takes less energy than being aware of my children’s “heart” needs and meeting them.

Its so easy to be busy with the work of homemaking and schooling that I often want to put the mothering aside for when its more convenient.

I need to remind myself of my priorities.

I need to use my first and best energy all day for my husband and children – the other things will follow.

When I am reminded of my vision, I am inspired!

I want to raise children that love God with their whole hearts and are ready to serve Him.

It takes more energy to be proactive in building character, to be led by God each moment and not settling for just getting by…

I want to be  sewing into my children’s lives and characters each day.

It takes more energy  to sit down with them and say: now lets talk about this, than to quickly brush it off.

I don’t want to miss the few opportunities I have to shepherd their hearts.

I want to do it while there is still time!

Have you read Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp?

“Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” Psalm 127 v 3