Our first edition of the Libraries of Hope/Well-Educated Heart Newsletter, "Heart Matters," is hot off the virtual presses! You can sign up to receive the newsletter in your email as soon as it's available by subscribing on the Home page or the About page. If you are already signed up but did not receive an email, check your spam box and make sure to mark us as "Safe" so you can receive future emails. If you still can't find it, contact us and we'll see what we can find out.
If you weren't signed up before the first edition went out, fear not. All newsletters will be archived in the website (you can find the link under the "About" category, titled "Newsletter." Clever, I know.) You will also find the latest edition directly linked in the app.
Here is the first edition for easy reference.
Some of you monthly subscribers may have gotten emails this week from stamps.com saying Brent Peterson has sent you a package. That's from us, it's your monthly order! We still aren't sure how useful the tracking info will be, but at least now you'll know when your order has shipped. And the monthly subscriptions at least should all be in one package now!
We've only started transitioning to the new print company, so not everyone with a monthly subscription will receive from them this month. But we hope to be fully transitioned in the next month or two, and you'll be able to receive tracking information on all orders at that time!
The new Month 6 books are in the store:
Our Little Norman, Frankish, Saxon and Carthiginian Cousins. A look at life in long ago days.
In My Youth, the autobiography of James Baldwin who was a prolific writer of children's books in the Golden Age of Children's Literature. It is the sweet story of a Quaker boy growing up in rural Indiana in the mid 19th century.
Famous Men of the Middle Ages and Modern Times--the last two books of the popular Famous Men series by Haaren and Poland.
My America Story Book: 6 A New Nation It includes Eva March Tappan's Story of Our Constitution--very relevant to today.
Here is a link to our store or they can be viewed on our Forgotten Classics page.
We also want to apologize to those who have still not received Month 5 books. They should still be on the way and will hopefully arrive soon. We don't anticipate a repeat of this problem for Month 6 books, but please be patient with us as we are transitioning to a new publisher.
The new books for January are now available in the store!
We are moving into stories of the American Revolution in My America Story Book. I focused more on stories of the every day family than on the major battle scenes, but key events are also included.
In the World Freedom Series, we have reprinted another one of H.E. Marshall's wonderful history books. This time she brings the story of France to life.
In the Cousins series, you will find two of Lucy Fitch Perkin's Twin books: The French and the Swiss Twins.
And finally, this month's Sunshine Series is Little Men and I have included a short biography of its author, Louisa May Alcott. If you read the intro Catch the Vision book, I told how Bronson Alcott--Louisa's father--was an education reformer and many of the ideas we implement here in WEH were part of his home education plan. Little Men shows heart-based learning in action in many ways. It's become a favorite book among moms who are trying to break away from traditional schooling.
Please note that with Christmas (and continued problems from Covid), shipments may take longer than normal this month. Contact us if you have any concerns.
The new Month 4 books are in the store! For your reading pleasure, we have My America Story Book filled with stories of George Washington.
To go with Month 4 topics, we'll visit our Italian and Spartan Twins friends and our Roman Cousin--3 books in one volume.
I've combined two popular books with 5 kids in the family--Five Little Peppers and Five Children and It in this month's Sunshine Series.
And for World Freedom, I combined John Haaren's Famous Men of Greece and Famous Men of Rome, with all the illustrations, in one volume. Coming up will be his Famous Men of the Middle Ages and Modern Times. They have long been homeschooler favorites.
New books for the November rotation are now available in the store!
Month 3: My America Story Book We're moving towards independence
An Island Story by H. E. Marshall --the most popular English history book used by English children for over 50 years.
Our Little Irish and Scotch Twins and Celtic Cousins. If you didn't notice, we have moved into including a new series -- The Twins Series by Lucy Fitch Perkins. Do check them out!
And finally, a duo by Frances Hodgson Burnett who wrote Secret Garden and a Little Princess. Here's the 'boy's' side--The Lost Prince and LIttle Lord Fauntleroy.
For those of you signed up for a monthly subscription, orders are in and you should hopefully receive them before the end of the month. If you would like to sign up for a subscription, click here.
New titles are available in the store! The next volumes in the Sunshine, Our Little Cousins, and World Freedom series are now available for individual purchase, as well as books 1 and 2 of the My America Story Book series.
Just a reminder to those of who signed up for the My America Story Book series in August: books 1 and 2 will both come with your September shipment (so hopefully you'll get them by the end of September). Anyone else is still welcome to sign up for the series monthly subscription. Whenever you sign up during the year, we will start you with Book One (since it's a chronological unfolding of events).
We have now added an option to buy the printed out color images for notebooking from My America Story Book in our store. It is $7.00 for the first set and $5.00 for each additional set, which includes shipping.
They will be delivered automatically each month in time for the new month--but you can cancel at any time.
The good news--no delays on this. You should have them within a couple of days from ordering.
Just scroll down the page to find them.
My America Story Book is live!
You'll see a PDF at the top of month 1 so you can print out all the pictures for the month. And you'll see who we'll be talking about!
It's simple and self-explanatory. Do share with your friends. :) Anyone can use this.
And if they're worried about an 'agenda' here, just invite them to try it out. They will be able to preview any stories from written text. There's no commitment. No charge. No schedule--do it at your own pace, although we will be unlocking one story every week day.
First story will post September 1.
I'm so excited to offer this to you. Many thanks to my daughters Krystal and Sara and a friend, Susan Yongue, who have worked hard with me to pull this all together in such a short amount of time.
You can access the site here or there will be a link to it in the app.
To those of you who like a challenge--
There are over 1,400 pages in the WEH Reference Library. I would love to connect with those of you who have taken the time and effort to really Catch the Vision of what the Well-Educated Heart is all about. The library is designed for you to explore and discover, but you can keep track of what you have read by printing out the PDF linked there. When you have checked off all the boxes, please write me a letter at: Libraries of Hope, PO Box 201, Appomattox VA 24522. What I'd like to hear from you is anything you'd like to tell me--something you learned and applied, a question that came up, an impression you had. You can write me a single line or send me pages--I leave that up to you!
In exchange, I'd like to send you a small gift that is reserved for those of you who have taken the challenge. You will receive a pin with the Mothers of Influence emblem on it, a personal note from me, and the final book in the Catch the Vision Library, which is reserved for those who complete the challenge. I believe you are meant to do something extraordinary and I'd like to connect with those of you who are ready to take this to a deeper level and consider ways to expand your influence.
Look for the challenge on the new WEH Reference Library page. And by the way, links to all the books are on the same page. Don't rush through--take your time. The point is to deepen your understanding, not hurry and finish the challenge.
P.S. The checklist may help even if you don't accept the challenge. :)
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