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Faith of Our
Christianity, and a firm reliance on Him, who
has never yet forsaken this favored land,
are still competant to adjust ...
all our present difficulty."
– Abraham Lincoln
You do well to wish to learn our arts
and ways of life, and above all, the religion
of Jesus Christ. These will make you a
greater and happier people than you are.
from his speech to the Delaware Indian Chiefs
on May 12, 1779
more quotes from our Founding Fathers on
Jesus, Christianity and the Bible at Wallbuilders.com.
to David Barton's interview with Moody
Radio on the faith of our Presidents at Wallbuilders.com.
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Establish Hand Washing
Rules and Habits
The simplest and most effective thing that
you can do to keep from getting sick
yourself, or spreading your sickness to
others, is to wash your hands well and
often.How To Wash
hands with warm water and ordinary soap.
you don't have access to soap and water, use
an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Use of
antibacterial soap can promote growth of more
virulent germs and viruses.
your children to scrub all parts of their
hands for 20 seconds (the time it takes to
sing "Happy Birthday" twice)
hands well. In a public restroom, turn
off tap with a paper towel or back of wrist,
and open door with a paper towel or a corner
free online Age
Appropriate Hand Washing
Curriculum.When To Wash
hands immediately upon returning home after
being out in public or playing outside.
hands before preparing food, eating, or
handling clean dishes.
after using the toilet, changing diapers,
sneezing, coughing, blowing nose, and eating.
hand washing poster.Other Ways to Avoid
not cough or sneeze into your hands. Print
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Why handwashing is important.
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including eight ways to continue learning
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Five-year-old Joy, who was in
kindergarten, had a friend over playing.
While the friend's mom was talking to me, her
daughter called for her by spelling,
Joy looked at her friend in surprise and
said, "That's how you spell my mommy's
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God loves you.
For God so loved the world,
that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whoever believes in Him should not perish,
but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Man was separated from God
For all have sinned and fall
short of the glory of God.
For the wages of sin is death.
The death of Jesus Christ
in our place is God's only provision for
He (Jesus Christ) was
delivered over to death for our sins and was
raised to life for our justification.
We must personally receive
Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord.
But as many as received Him,
to them He gave the right to become children
of God, even to those who believe in His name.
For by grace you have been
saved through faith; and that not of
yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a
result of works, that no one should boast.
(Ephesians 2:8, 9)
Immerse your family in God's truth through
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In This Issue
Black History Month
• Black Christian
• Is There a Black
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Learning about Haiti & Earthquakes
• Sing 'n
Learn: Audio/Video Resources
• Under God:
George Washington: Church and State
Retreat: Christian Family Vacation
Homeschoolopoly: Game / Haiti
Special days during this month provide
interest and motivation for studying topics
on U.S. Presidents and Black History.
These topics also offer variety in your
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Presidents Day – Learning
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Presidents Day is observed on the third
Monday of February. Choose from the
following activities for a one-day unit
1. Is it Presidents Day or
The third Monday in February is designated
by Federal law as Washington's Birthday.
In 1971, President Nixon issued a
proclamation declaring the holiday as
Presidents Day, as it has become popularly
known. Presidents Day honors both
George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, as
well as all past presidents of the United
States of America. See more information
2. Consult Our Constitution.
Read about the Duties and Qualifications
of the President as they are stated in The
Constitution of the United States, Article
II. This online
copy provides links to Amendments 20, 22,
and 25 that change portions of Article
3. The President's Job
The U.S. Government Printing Office offers
a student-friendly, yet detailed, summary of
U.S. presidential duties, including:
Executive Branch, The President, Legislative
Powers of the President, Requirements and
Terms to become President, The President's
Budget, The President's Cabinet, Order of
Succession, and The Presidents of the United
States (chart). Ben's Guide: Grades
4. Meet the Presidents.
See a photo of all 40 Presidents and read a biographical
sketch of each.
5. Do More Research.
See background information, election
results, cabinet members, notable events, and
points of interest for each of the presidents
at the Internet
Public Library. You will find links
to biographies, homes, monuments, documents,
audio and video files, and other sites.
6. In Their Own Words.
speeches and documents of all the
presidents, including their Inaugural
Addresses and State of the Union
7. Washington's and Lincoln's
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Presidents Day – Activities
8. Crafts and Activities.
Presidents' Day Page. Information,
activities, and links at www.annieshomepage.com.
learning activities from EnchantedLearning.com.
learning activities for Presidents'
"O Captain, My Captain" was written by
Walt Whitman about the assassination of
• Recite or read
the poem with appropriate expression.
• Study the
meaning of the poem. See poem and link
to "poem explanation" at www.galegroup.com.
to a "Hail
to the Chief" the tune traditionally
played by the United States Marine Band to
announce the ceremonial entrance of the U.S.
Commander-in-Chief – the President of
the United States.
the story of "Hail to the Chief."
11. Visit the White House
White House Tour or listen to "The
President's Own" US Marine Band as you take a
virtual tour of White House conducted by John
Philip Sousa at MarineBand.usmc.
how you can visit the White House in
person.See White House and Washington, D.C.
information and activities at EnchantedLearning.com.
your local library or video store for videos
on the White House (by A&E).
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February Is Black History Month
Historian Carter Woodson, the son of
former slaves, chose the month of February as
Black History Month (originally “Negro
History Week”) because of the proximity
of the birthdays of emancipator Abraham
Lincoln (Feb. 12) and abolitionist Frederick
Douglass (Feb. 14).
A Christian perspective of this topic, as
well as what God and science say about the
"races" is provided below.
Jesus prayed, “I do not ask
on behalf of these alone, but for those also
who believe in Me . . . that they
may be one, just as We are one; I in
them and You in Me, that they may be
perfected in unity.” (John
Black Christian History
Free Indeed: Heroes of Black
Christian History contains an
overview of black church history, including
13 biographical sketches of leading black
Christians. From Bob Jones University
Press. • Free
Ed. (grades 6-12)
Resource Material (project ideas,
illustrations for bulletin boards, unit test,
A historian has commented, “One of
the greatest miracles and movements in all
Christian history is the acceptance of the
Gospel by so many African-Americans.
“The slaves not only appropriated
the faith that was culturally identified with
the oppressor, but gave it enriched meaning
and depth, not least through their music and
Also see spirituals at Cyber
Heroes of Black Christian History
"The history of black American church
leaders resonates with faith and heroism.
"In addition to the challenges that
normally confront heralds of the gospel,
African American Christians also faced
slavery and racial discrimination.
"Their deep love for Christ and their
fellow believers and their passion for lost
souls made them dauntless soldiers for the
Lord, proclaiming the way of salvation and
the equality of all men and women in God's
(From description of Free Indeed,
published by Bob Jones University Press.)
article, "Through Many Trials and Snares,"
inspiring stories taken from Free
Resources from WallBuilders
Read Articles online
by David Barton, founder and president of
• "The Civil War: Honoring
• "Black Patriots of the American
• "A History of Black Voting
• "Black History Month: Honoring
• "The Founding Fathers and
• "The Bible, Slavery, and
• "Confronting Civil War
Setting the Record Straight:
American History in Black & White by
David Barton. A unique view of the
religious and moral heritage of African
Americans that has been expertly intertwined
with untold, yet significant, stories from
our rich African American political
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Is There a Black "Race"?
(Information quoted and taken from The
Revised & Expanded Answers Book by Don
Batten, Ken Ham, Jonathan Sarfati, and Carl
Wieland, chapter 18 online.)
According to God's Word, all humans on
earth today are descended from Noah and his
wife, his three sons and their wives, and
before that from Adam and Eve.
All the factors for skin color were
present in Adam and Eve. The amount of
the skin pigment melanin determines skin
color, just as the amount of fat around the
eye determines eye shape.
Modern genetics show how, following a
break-up of a population (such as the Tower
of Babel), variations in skin color, for
example, can develop in only a few
The biological differences between the
“races” today are not very
great. In fact, the DNA of any
two people in the world would typically
differ by just 0.2 percent! Of
this, only 6 percent can be linked to racial
categories; the rest is “within
There is really only one race—the
human race. The Bible teaches us that
God has “made of one blood all nations
of men” (Acts 17:26). Scripture
distinguishes people by tribal or national
groupings, not by skin color or physical
Racism Questions and Answers
Read dozens of articles on Answers in Genesis
plus listen to several recorded seminar
sessions by Ken Ham. Topics include:
• How have evolutionary ideas
racism and violence?
• Where did the human races come
• What is the Bible's view on
interracial marriage and racism?
How Did Different Skin Colors Come
article with understandable scientific
discussion of genes and chromosomes.
• What are the consequences of
false beliefs about the origin of races?
• Are black people the result of
a curse on Ham?
• Is interracial marriage biblical?