I've been hinting at a project relating to American History. It is something I have wanted to do for years, but I've been so involved in other projects that I didn't think I could get to it again, so I've been hesitant to announce it. But everything inside of me is telling me DO IT....NOW!!!
So here is what it will look like.
It is called My America Story Book. My husband said, "Shouldn't it be 'Our" story? And I said there is no such thing. The history of America exists only as it is recreated in individual hearts. There is not two of us that see America in exactly the same way.
But do understand--the stories each of us comes to accept and believe about America will be the lens through which we will see everything. Our stories we take in will either make us love her or hate her; work to save her or work to bring her down.
The fight for America and freedom will not be determined by who is elected in November. It will be decided by the stories--or lack thereof--stored in the hearts of her citizens.
Many Americans lack a foundation of even the basic stories of our history. Our history is being rewritten at a time when most people don't even know what the original story looked like.
I would like to share the 'original' story with you, as told through the writers who lived in the childhood of our nation. My desire is not to give you 'THE' story, but merely to provide a snapshot of some of America's Builders and Makers. If I can but spark a desire to learn more, I will have accomplished my purpose.
Starting September 1st, Monday through Friday, I will be posting an audio story of someone from our history. I'll be following the rotation schedule. So Month 1 we will be looking at the Explorers and the Discoverers.
At the beginning of each month, I will provide a PDF for you to print out of notebooking sized paintings to go with each person as well as photographs of their monuments, which nearly all of them have. Many of these monuments may not even be around by the end of the year! But you can preserve them in your storybook. In this way, your kids can create their own America Story Book. Just write the name of the person at the top of each page, glue some pictures on, and let them add anything else to the page they'd like.
I know many of you are frozen because of all the choices placed before you. This is going to give you the absolute easiest spine I can possibly think of. And you're going to enter the world of notebooking without any stress or worry.
If this is all you did for History this year, you will be amazed at what you will know and understand by the end of the year. I have that much confidence in the stories I'll be sharing with you. And don't worry--they are not all sanitized. These writers had the ability to recognize the flaws but understand the value of the contributions made.
Remember--they were written by people who wanted to teach rising generations how to hold on to the freedom that had been paid with so dear a cost.
And of course, there will be song, and poetry.
One more piece--kind of a last minute thought. I thought many of you might like a more permanent collection of these stories, so we will be combining the 20 stories each month in a new series called My America Story Book. Unfortunately I ran out of time to get it in this month's bundle, but if you sign up for it. you will receive both Month 1 and Month 2 volumes in your September shipment. Or the free digital version will be posted on our Forgotten Classics page.
I will be creating a separate web page to house this because I want a place for you to send anybody looking for a way to learn and share America's story. Of course, it will be free.
Krystal will be adding the new series to our store probably today. By the way, the Catch the Vision reference library and the other 3 new series should all be in the store now. If not, for sure by the end of the day.
I have the words of Longfellow's 'Building of the Ship', which is all about the building of America, running through my mind as I write this:
Our hearts, our hopes, are all with thee,
Our hearts, our hopes, our prayers, our tears,
Our faith triumphant o'er our fears,
Are all with thee, — are all with thee!
I love our country and this is my small contribution to help save her.
I'm on the home stretch! Krystal and I have been burning the midnight oil to get the new Well-Educated Heart Reference Library ready for you! It's over 1400 pages and has everything we could think of to give you--sample notebook pages, booklists, the Take 5s, all the quotes and fine art I've been posting on fb, to name a few things--along with texts from podcasts, presentations and other writings.
I am almost done with the small intro book I've been telling you about that you can hand to friends when they ask "What is WEH?" When that is done, we'll post the whole Catch the Vision library in the store.
And, as always, there will be free digital copies.
Here's a sneak preview of the covers:)
We'll be adding 3 new series to our Forgotten Classics Library next week plus a WEH Learning Library. Let me give you a little preview:
The Cousins Series Part 2
In this series, you will get the remaining titles in the Cousins series as well as the Twins Series by Lucy Fitch Perkins and the rest of the Our Little Cousins from Ancient Times.
These are books that are mostly out of print and nice reading copies can be hard to come by. These are selected because they show Well-Educated Heart principles in actions. They inspire and uplift the heart.
If we were able to fit two books in one volume, we did, to save you money. If illustrations were available, we included them. The first selection is a combination book of Understood Betsy and Mother's Carey's Chickens, which Disney's Summer magic was based on. Upcoming volumes include: Pollyanna/Just David, Five Little Peppers, The Lost Prince/Little Lord Fauntleroy (by the author of The Secret Garden), Little Men, the sequel to Little Women, In my Youth--the tender autobiography of James Baldwin, several Gene Porter Stratton books: Laddie, Freckles, Girl of the Limberlost, The Harvester and Keeper of the Bees. and finally The Golden Name Day (fingers crossed). Several of these books will include brief stories of the authors.
World Freedom Series
The third series is another World History Series which we are calling the World Freedom Series. Can you tell I'm anxious to stock your family libraries with living history books? These are some of the most popular history storytellers of their day. They read like a story and will bring history to life for your Junior High and High School kids.
Volume one will be The Story of Liberty by Charles Carleton Coffin. Some of you may have listened to the audio version. Here is your chance to secure a hard copy. In the coming months, we will be releasing several Henrietta Marshall books: Our Island Story, The Story of Scotland, and the History of France and Germany, several Mary MacGregor books: Netherlands, Story of Greece and Rome . Also included will be the popular John Haaren's Famous Men Series: Famous Men of the Greece, Rome, Middle Ages and Modern Times and Helene Guerber's 13 Colonies and Republic books. (Helene Guerber's books about Greece, Rome and the Hebrews are in the original World History Series).
Well-Educated Heart Learning Library
Finally, we will be announcing the Well-Educated Heart Learning Library. Many of you have asked for written versions of my audios. I have compiled, sorted, compressed and organized just about everything I have ever said in presentations, podcasts and conferences. It is contained in 3 volumes. Volume 1 is Philosophy, Volume 2: Methods/Tools (includes the Take 5s) and Volume 3 is Inspiration, all the Great LIves podcasts sorted by the rotation. Krystal is finishing up the massive job of formatting it--last time I checked there were over 1300 pages!! (And that's full 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of paper!) Everything you ever wanted to know...and then some:)
It's meant to be a reference library---something I hope you will be able to refer back to over and over again.
We'll announce again when these are available in the store, but it should be next week.
Now that so many public libraries are closed or not offering interlibrary services, we are working even harder to get quality, living books with which you can build your family libraries. There are more to come...
We have the bundle options now available in the store for the new series! Just click on the series you want, and the first option (or two) should be the complete series option.
We've also replaced the "Complete Family Library Bundle" with the new Family Library Builder. With this option, you can choose however many series you'd like in one convenient location. If you have any particular questions about anything, feel free to use the Contact Us link at the bottom of the page or email us at email@example.com.
Month 11 books are now available in the store! Once again, keep in mind that Covid is delaying most shipments, so you may not get them until the first part of July.
I've had so much fun digging through fine art looking for images for the My Book of Delights Series. I kept thinking--I don't want to lose these paintings or artists I've stumbled upon.
Plus many of the links have broken to Art Renewal and AR has changed things in their website that makes the art harder to access and print out. Plus the images are small on the pinterest pages and difficult to view.
I talked to my daughter, Krystal, one day awhile ago and asked what would it take to create a new site dedicated to fine art, organized for moms in this group.
She said, "Mom, that would be a massively huge undertaking. "
I said, "Am I crazy?"
She said, "Yes, yes you are."
"Let's do it."
Today I am announcing the new Simple Joy: Fine Art for Well-Educated Hearts site for you to go discover and explore. It is only the tip of the iceberg of what will be added in the weeks and months ahead, but there is enough there to open it up to you to use while it is under construction.
Some of the features I hope you will like are:
1. Each painting will have a direct link to Wikimedia Commons where you can easily download and print it out.
2. You can view all the art as a full-screen image on your phone or laptop--just swipe from image to image.
3. Because the art is in the public domain, you shouldn't have to worry about using it. Do your own research if you want to use it for commercial purposes.
4. It is organized by Family topics, Nature topics, and by Nation. You choose.
NOTE: Do give a few moments for the pages to load. There's a lot of art going on!
This new site will be linked to the Fine Art tab in your apps probably sometime today. If you still want access to the Art Renewal images, you can still enter art/home and family in the search bar of the website and bring the page up.
Krystal is the hero of this story. She has already dedicated more hours than I can count to get this site set up and loaded with art.
I think you'll agree--she has done a beautiful job.
And now, have some fun looking around!
Simple Joy: Fine Art for Well-Educated Hearts
Month 10 books are now available for purchase in the store!
Please keep in mind that with Covid-19 changes, shipping is taking longer than normal. But if you are concerned about your items, please don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Month 9 books are now available for purchase in the store. For those with monthly subscriptions, they're on their way! Just keep in mind that with shipping delays, it might take a little longer than normal.
Internet Archive just announced that waitlists have been suspended until at least June 30, and perhaps beyond. So all those yellow diamond books on the Libraries of Hope website have just been opened up! You still have to borrow the books (i.e., you only get them for 14 days), but there are no longer waiting lists. This includes My Book House and Junior Classics.
Just pick a story and read! It really is that simple. Don't overthink and overplan and try to turn everything into a lesson.
Stories are one of nature's simplest and most effective means to learn in childhood.
Check out what's new in Libraries of Hope and Well-Educated Heart.