- We’ll work on memorizing “The Duel” by Eugene Field. It’s a humorous piece, and I thought we could use that given what else we’re working on. 🙂
- We’ll continue with the preamble to the Declaration of Independence. We didn’t work on this at all during the Christmas season, so we’ll probably have to backtrack a bit. We mostly know what’s printed in green, but again–practice! I’m trying to think of interesting ways to review this, especially since it’s SO long. Suggestions are welcome. 🙂
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
- We’ll continue on with Romans 8 KJV. We more or less learned the first six verses during the second six weeks, so we’ll continue on with the next six or so. I expect backtracking will once again be necessary.
8 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
- Our new hymn is “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.”
- We’ll pick up with the “Explorers to 1815” timeline song. The girls know up through the first ten cards. We’ll shoot for the next ten this six weeks, and that will bring us up through the Declaration of Independence.
- As far as our reading aloud goes, I’d love to get back to reading a Proverb a day. Consistently reading the Bible (and not just reciting what we’ve memorized) is something that has fallen by the wayside during the
chaosbusy-ness that is our school day. I’m re-committing to doing it in 2015.
- I’m still something of a free spirit when it comes to our read-alouds. 😉 For our daytime read-aloud, I will be reading something that relates to the time period of the French and Indian War or the American Revolution. The jury’s still out on which title we’ll start with (and it will possibly be decided by what I can actually lay my hands on in this book-overridden house of ours 🙂 ), but these are what I’m considering:
Do you have a favorite book about this time period? I’d love to hear about it!