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ESSENTIAL BOOKS, RESOURCES, SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS, GAMES, CURRICULM

Based on 38 years of homeschooling and the hundreds of books that we have read over the years, Jon and I can emphatically state that the following books and DVD’s are the most important materials you will ever use to teach your children God’s truth and His providential working through history. In fact, the vast majority of our days were spent in reading, studying, discussing, and copying notes from these very materials. More than anything, other than the Bible, these materials have had the greatest impact on our lives, transforming the way we think and live. Consequently, we are eternally grateful to God for instructing us with these books/materials and hope that they bless your family as much as they have ours.

 

ESSENTIAL READING

Safely Home Tom Eldredge

Building a God Centered Family Matthew Henry

The Second Mayflower Kevin Swanson

The Essential Arthur W. Pink Collection

Profiting from the Word Arthur W. Pink

Our Accountability to God Arthur W. Pink

By This Standard Greg Bahnsen

The Institutes of Biblical Law Rousas Rushdoony

Law and Liberty Rousas Fushdoony

The Foundations of Social Order Studies in the Creeds and Councils of the Early Church by Rousas Rushdoony

Politics of Guilt and Pity Rousas John Rushdoony

Productive Christians in an Age of Guilt Manipulators David Chilton

That You May Prosper Ray Sutton

The Dominion Covenant Gary North

Tithing and Dominion Edward Powell/ Rousas Rushdoony

The Relevance of the Reformed Faith: The Great Commission CD Dr. Joseph Morecraft III

A Quest for Godliness JI Packer

The Book that Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization Vishal Mangalwadi

Pilgrim’s Progress (unabridged) John Bunyan

The Holy Spirit John Owen

The Fading of the Flesh and the Flourishing of the Faith George Swinnock

The Sinfulness of Sin Ralph Venning

The Mortification of Sin John Owen

Penitent Pardoned Christopher Love

All Loves Excelling John Bunyan

The Pleasantness of a Religious Life: Life as Good as it Can Be Matthew Henry

The Character of an Upright Man Richard Steele

The Great Gain of Godliness Thomas Watson

Keeping the Heart John Flavel

Gospel Worship Jeremiah Burroughs

The Lords Supper Thomas Dolittle

The True Believer Jonathan Edwards

The Almost Christian Discovered Matthew Mead

My Brothers Keeper James Alexander

The Crook in the Lot Thomas Boston

Blood of the Moon Dr. George Grant

The Deadliest Monster Jeff Baldwin

Seven Men Who Rule the World from the Grave Dave Breese

The Philosophy of the Christian Curriculum Rousas Rushdoony

Always Ready Greg Bahnsen

Economy of the Covenants Between God and Man Herman Witsius

 

ESSENTIAL RESOURCES

From Terror to Triumph: Proven Strategies of History to Triumph Over the Terrors of Our Time DVD’s Marshall Foster

1828 American Dictionary of the English Language Noah Webster (This book contains great biography on Webster)

Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentaries

Westminster Catechism

Westminster’s Confession

Timetables of History Bernard Grun

The History of the World B.C. and A.D.DVD’s Vision Forum

Meet the Puritans Joel Beeke/Randall Pederson

The Gift of Music Jane Smith/Betty Carlson

Music and Moments with the Masters David/Shirley Quine

Music Master’s CD’s

 

ESSENTIAL READING, DVD’S, & CD’s, FOR STUDYING THE REFORMATION which is THE FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN GOVERNMENT and AMERICA’S PROVIDENTIAL HISTORY   Given in Chronological Order for Study

 

Sketches from Church History S. M. Houghton

Morning Star of the Reformation Andy Thomson

Ink on His Fingers Louise Vernon

The Hawk that Dare Not Huntby Day Scott O’dell

The Obedience of a Christian Man William Tyndale

Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther Roland Bainton

The Great Christian Revolution Otto Scott

A Heart Promptly Offered: The Revolutionary Leadership of John Calvin David Hall

The Institutes of Christian Religion John Calvin

The Mystery of Godliness John Calvin

The Calvinistic Concept of Culture Henry Van Till

The British Josiah: Edward IV Dr. N. A. Woychuk

For Kirk and Covenant: The Stalwart Courage of John Knox Douglas Wilson

Scots Worthies John Howie

A Scottish Christian Heritage Iain H. Murray

St. Bartholomew’s Eve G. A. Henty

America’s Providential History Mark A. Bellies/Stephen McDowell

The Light and the Glory Peter Marshall and David Manuel

Of Plymouth Plantation William Bradford

Plymouth in the Words of the Founders Visitors Guide to America’s Hometown Dr. Paul Jehle

The American Covenant Marshall Foster

The Relevance of the Reformed Faith: Cromwell Done Right! CD Dr. Joseph Morecraft III

Isaac Watts: Father of English Hymnology Dr. N. A. Woychuk

Glory and Honor: The Musical Artistic Legacy of Johann Sebastian Bach Gregory Wilbur

Messiah: A New Look at the Composer, the Music and the Message Dr. N. A. Woychuk

Jonathan Edwards D. Vaughan

The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards Steven Lawson

Forgotten Founding Father-The Heroic Legacy of George Whitefield Stephen Mansfield

The Forgotten Heroes of Liberty –The Chaplains and Clergy of the American Revolution Joel Headley

Political Sermons of the Founding Era Edited Ellis Sandoz (Liberty Fund)

The Making of George Washington William Wilbur

The Bulletproof George Washington David Barton

Noah Webster Biography in the 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language Noah Webster

Patrick Henry Life Correspondence Speeches Volumes I, II, III William Wirt Henry

Our Lives, Our Fortunes, and Our Sacred Honor Charles A. Goodrich

Elbridge Gerry Marblehead’s Forgotten Son Robert Goodwin

The Christian History of the American Revolution Verna Hall

The Battle of Lexington: A Sermon and Eyewitness Narrative Rev. Jonas Clark

Paul Revere’s Ride David Hackett Fischer

The Roots of the American Republic Reverend E. C. Wines

Let Freedom Ring-The Birth of America’s Liberty Vision Forum Ministries CD

Landmarks & Liberty: The New England Covenant with God Vision Forum Ministries CD

The Bible and the Constitution of the United States of America Verna Hall and Rosalie Slater

The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America: Christian Self Government Verna Hall

God and Government Series Gary DeMar

The Federalist Papers in Modern Language Indexed for Today’s Political Issues Edited Mary Webster

Christianity and the Constitution-The Faith of Our Founding Fathers John Eidsmoe

George Washington’s Sacred Fire Peter Lillback

John Adams David McCullough

Abigail Adams-A Biography Phyllis Lee Levin

The Remarkable Education of John QuincyAdams Phyllis Lee Levin

The Bible Lessons of John Quincy Adams for His Son John Quincy Adams

Jefferson the Virginian Dumas Malone

Institute on the Constitution: Uncovering the Foundations: The American View of Law and Government DVD Dr. John Eidsmoe

Institute on the Constitution: A Study on Christianity and the Law of the Land CD’s Dr. John Eidsmoe

Institute on the Constitution Law Offices of Perouka and Perouka

Introduction to Christianity, Law, and Culture DVD Vision Forum Ministries

The Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States Benjamin Morris

The Importance of the Electoral College Dr. George Grant

Betrayed by the Bench: How Judge-made Law Has Transformed America’s Constitution, Courts and Culture John Stormer

Carry on Mr. Bowditch Jean Lee Latham

Matthew Fontaine Maury, the Pathfinder of the Seas Stephen McDowell

 

ESSENTIAL FOR THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES

The War Between the States: America’s Uncivil War John Dwyer

Call of Duty: The Sterling Nobility of Robert E. Lee J. Steven Wilkins

Life and Letter of Gen. Robert Edward Lee Dr. Jones

All Things for Good: The Steadfast Fidelity of Stonewall Jackson Steven Wilkins

Life and Campaigns of Lieutenant General Thomas Stonewall Jackson Robert Lewis Dabney

Christ in the Camp J William Jones

A Girls Life in Virginia Before the War Letitia Burwell

From Bull Run to Appomattox Luther Hopkins

 

OTHER BOOKS FOR YOUR STUDY

For the Temple G. A. Henty

The Door in the Wall Marguerite de Angeli

Medallion Dawn Watkins

By Pike and Dyke G. A. Henty

Resolute in the Face of Persecution Robert Pollok

Crown and Covenant Trilogy Douglas Bond

Faith and Freedom Trilogy Douglas Bond

Mr. Pipes series Douglas Bond

The Minute boys of Lexington Edward Stratemeyer

The Minute Boys of Bunker Hill Edward Stratemeyer

The Boys of ’76 Charles Coffin

The Bible Lessons of John Quincy Adams for His Son

Justin Morgan Had a Horse Marguerite Henry

Farmer Boy Laura Ingalls Wilder

 

GREAT BOOKS FOR SONS

The Holy War John Bunyan

John Newton: The Angry Sailor Kay Marshall Strom

Tiger and Tom and other Stories for Boys

A Friend in the Dark Ruth Adams Knight

Hostage Lands Douglas Bond

Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson

Sergeant York and the Great War edited by Richard “little Bear” Wheeler

Cache Lake Country John Rowlands

The America Boy’s Handy Book Daniel Beard

Tan Your Hide Phyllis Hobson

The Handbook of Knots Des Pawson

Back to Basics Reader’s Digest Building with Stone Charles McRaven

Yonie Wondernose Marguerite De Angeli

Billy and Blaze Series C. W. Anderson

Cowboy Pup Carole Etow

 

GREAT BOOKS FOR DAUGHTERS

There’s No Place Like Home Candy Summers

Letters to a Daughter William Sprague

The Family J. R. Miller

Mother

Hinds Feet for High Places Hannah Hurnard

The King’s Daughter and Other Stories for Girls

Grandma’s Attic series Arleta Richardson

Milly Molly Mandy Joyce Lankester Brisley

 

GREAT BOOKS FOR CHILDREN

Wisdom and the Millers

Storytime with the Millers

Prudence and the Millers

Your Are My I Love You Maryann Cusimano

The Cozy Book Mary Ann Hoberman

All the Places to Love Patricia MacLachlan

The Little Country Town Jandelyn Southwell
Brambly Hedge books Jill Barklem
Minnikin, Midgie, and Moppet Adelaide Holl
The Year at Maple Hill Farm Alice and Martin Provensen
Charlotte’s Web E.B. White
Make Way for Ducklings Robert McCloskey
In the Garden: Who’s Been Here? Lindsay Barrett George
Oddhopper Opera Kurt Cyrus
Autumn: Poems, Songs, Prayers
North Country Night Daniel San Souci
The Big Snow Berta and Elmer Hader

 

GREAT COOK BOOKS

Victoria at Table with Family and Friends: Treasured Recipes for Memorable Meals
Victoria Sweet Baking
The Gift of Southern Cooking 
Scott Peacock and Edna Lewis

 

GREAT HEALTH BOOK

The Maker’s Diet by Jordan Rubin

 

GREAT GARDEN BOOKS

Great Garden Companions Sally Jean Cunningham
The Chef’s Garden Terence Conran
Let It Rot! Stu Campbell
The Practical Rock and Water Garden Peter Robinson

 

RECOMMENDED WEBSITES www.heritagebooks.org

www.graceandtruthbooks.com

www.banneroftruth.org

www.sprinklepublications.net

www.americanvision.org

www.freedomsheritage.com

www.crownrights.com

www.confederatereprint.com

 

LAMPLIGHTER BOOKS

Melody

The Lamplighter

A Peep Behind the Scenes

Sir Knight of the Splendid Way

Titus A Comrade of the Cross

Christie’s Old Organ

Clean Your Boots Sir?

Tom Watkin’s Mistake

A Hedge of Thorns

Basket of Flowers

Amy and Her Brothers

Rosa of Linden Castle

The Inheritance

Mary Jones and Her Bible

Boys of Grit

 

SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS

Doorposts Character Book

Patch the Pirate CD’s

Men of Science Men of God

Moody Science Videos

Jonathon Park Creation CD’s

Christians Liberty Nature Readers

Dover Coloring/Sticker/Paper Doll Books-(These are great books for children to color while you are reading about the particular subject- Medieval Castles, Cathedrals, Colonial, Early American Trades, American Revolution, Lewis Clark,  Civil War, Cowboys, Old-fashioned Farm Life…The Sticker Books are great for Science-Birds, Flowers,Forest Animals, Frogs and Toads, Insects, Horses, Reptiles, Solar System… )

Draw Write Now

Hide ‘Em In Your Heart Scripture Memory CD’s

ALL FROM NATURE’S WORKSHOP PLUS(we have personally enjoyed most of the following)-coonskin hats, powder horn, suede vest kit, suede leather moccasins kit, leather pouch kit, rabbit fur pouch, pocket knives, compass, rifles, Birdsong Identiflyer, binoculars, birdhouse construction book, beginning birdwatcher’s book, bird sticker book, bird feeders, magnifying glasses, ant farm, frog hatchery kit, butterfly net, insect mounts, insect sticker book, insect books, nature readers, nature coloring books, Eco journals, nature games, field guides, rocks/minerals, weather books/kits, science kits, microscopes, lab equipment, Apologia curriculum, Moody Science Videos,  paint by number books, paper making kit, wood project kits, wood burner, wood burning pattern books, character books, readers, coloring books, mazes, puzzles, stencil books…

 

GAMES

 

OUR FAVORITE FAMILY GAMES

Dutch Blitz

Ticket to Ride

Around the World in 80 Days

Oltre Mare

Genoa

The Farming Game

Sequence

Parcheesi

King’s Cribbage

Rummikub

Othello

Axis and Allies

Risk

Scotland Yard

Mystery Express

Ulm

Stratego

Bosworth

Traverse

Cathedral

Pit

Royal Hearts

Pirates Cove

 

GEOGRAHPY

10 Days in USA

10 Days in Europe

10 Days in Africa

10 Days in Asia

Name That Country

AMERICA

Made For Trade (Colonial America)

Great States

Mad Dash

Snapshots Across America

Oval Office

SPELLING

Spill and Spell

Scrabble

Wordigo (Fast Paced Scrabble)

GARDENING

The Garden Game

CUTEST GAME EVER

Peter Rabbit’s Paths and Burrows

HORSES

Herd Your Horses

VERSION OF BRIDGE

Abridged

GAMES WITH FRIENDS

Taboo

Scattegories

Pictionary

 

The following is given to new homeschoolers to help give them some direction. Because we used very little curriculum, I can only endorse A Beka and Bob Jones from my personal experience. However, the other materials which I have listed, come highly recommended from other homeschooling parents whom I respect. 

 

CURRICULUM/SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS

 

TRADITIONAL TEXTBOOK APPROACH

A Beka-especially phonics, consumable math workbooks, history

Bob Jones- especially readers, spelling, language

Christian Liberty

 

UNIT STUDY APPROACH

Konos-all subjects point character traits using the Do, Discover, Drama, Dialogue, and Drill method; but at some point you must teach history chronologically.

Weaver-weaves the academics around scriptures; comprehensive, multi level, color-coded grade levels,

 

INDEPENDENT STUDY APPROACH

A.C.E.

Alpha Omega

 

COMPUTER APPROACH

Alpha Omega’s Switched -On Schoolhouse

 

VERY POPULAR

Math U See

Apologia Science

Spell to Write and Read

Learning Language Arts Through Literature

Easy Grammar

Spelling Power

Sing Spell Read and Write

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

The Learnables

Audio Forum

Rosetta Stone

 

READING FOR DYSLEXIA

Writing Road to Reading

 

ACCELERATED DISTANCE LEARNING www.collegeplus.org

Accelerated Distance LearningBrad Voeller

College Without CompromiseScott and Kris Wightman

 

WRITING HELPS FOR LEFT HANDERS

Zaner Bloser 1-800-421-3018

 

ESSENTIAL WEBSITE FOR THE FAMILY

www.theresnoplacelikehome-summers.com