Dear Homeschoolers, Teachers, and Friends of AHEF,
AHEF’s friend and partner, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, and curious homeschoolers everywhere want to know what you think are the Best Choices for homeschool curricula and products!
The Old Schoolhouse® Excellence in Education Awards are awarded annually to the companies or curricula that you and your fellow home educators feel are the best of the best in homeschool educational materials, curriculum providers, and supplemental products.
Cast your vote for AHEF resources! Categories to consider include History (all levels), Unit Studies (all levels), Bible (MS-HS), & Elective (MS-HS).
(The Old Schoolhouse® will give everyone who completes the survey a $100 gift certificate to their Schoolhouse Store for any digital purchase! They will also hold a drawing to give away three Kindle Fires!)
Results will be revealed in The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 2017 – 2018 Annual Print Book.
Dear Teachers and Homeschoolers,
AHEF’s new, free unit resource is now available to social studies teachers and homeschoolers, The Miracle of America High School Teacher Course Guide.
This resource complements AHEF’s critically-acclaimed Miracle of America text/reference book and guides educators in teaching on America’s founding principles/philosophy and the Bible’s historical influence on those ideas.
The guide may be used for a semester-long special topics course (eligible for state elective credit) or as supplemental units in existing 8th-12th Social Studies, US Government, or US History courses. The guide can be used with any curriculum and also correlates with AP, IB, CC, NCSS, and TEKS objectives. It is supplemental and elective and so does not require (public) school board approval.
The guide units may be purchased in a printed tabbed binder or freely downloaded in PDF. Sign up or log in as a member on this site (americanheritage.org) to access the PDFs. Go to AHEF bookstore to purchase the printed guide.
For more information, please go to americanheritage.org/programs/miracle-of-america/.
AHEF is happy to announce that AHEF President Angela E. Kamrath’s text, The Miracle of America: The Influence of the Bible on the Founding History and Principles of the United States of America for a People of Every Belief (Second Edition, 2015) has been selected for addition to the Library of Congress collection.
The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world and serves as the research library of the U. S. Congress. It is accessible to the public.
For more information about the book, go to Miracle of America.
AHEF’s resource site, americanheritage.org, has been nominated by the home school community and listed in Homeschool Base’s Top 10 Best Educational Websites of 2017.
Homeschool Base says, “Our Top 10 Educational Websites are all recommended by multiple teachers, home educators, and homeschool parents through various feedback channels. All sites have received our Purple Stamp of Approval that honors exemplary websites/apps that offer quality, innovative, unique, cost-effective, or significant value to teachers, educators, and homeschooling families. None of these websites paid to be on this list.”
Homeschool Base further says of AHEF, “The [americanheritage.org] website is recommended by home educators, in part because they provide original, free K-college level patriotic Social Studies, History, and Western Civilization supplemental lesson plans and textbooks.”
Homeschool Base is a community-run resource for homeschoolers. It is the largest volunteer-driven website for homeschooling.
AHEF would like to thank the homeschool and educational communities for your support. We are honored to be able to serve you with our site and resources!
This January 27-28, AHEF will kick off its first American History & Western Civilization Challenge Bowl (AHWCCB)™!
This college competition will feature four Texas university student teams–from Texas State University, Sam Houston State University, Texas Southern University, and Houston Baptist University–who will compete in their knowledge and understanding of American history, government, and philosophy and of Western Civilization. Qualifying and winning teams will receive prize money.
January 27 – 5 pm – TSU vs Sam Houston State
January 27 – 7 pm – Texas State vs HBU
January 28 – 3 pm – Finals
Doubletree Hilton Hotel – Greenway Plaza (lower level, Bluebonnet Room)
6 Greenway Plaza East, Houston, TX 77046 (at Edloe and Southwest Freeway)
Hotel phone: 713.629.1200
Honoring Four Academic Team Competitors:
Texas State University – Coach, Dr. Rodolfo Hernandez
Sam Houston State University – Coach, Dr. Brian Domitrovic
Texas Southern University – Coaches, Dr. Jesse Esparza and Dr. Julie Quesada
Houston Baptist University – Coach, Dr. Gary Hartenburg
The HBU-AHEF Professional Development Teacher & Citizen Workshop will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2016, in Houston, TX! Register now!
Hosted by Houston Baptist University’s Center for Law & Liberty (HBU-CLL), HBU School of Education, and the American Heritage Education Foundation (AHEF).
The topic will be “The History & Foundation of Religious Freedom in America.” Subtopics include the origins of religious tolerance in America, religious freedom as a natural right, the First Amendment and the Founders, and the relationship between church and state.
Breakfast coffee and refreshments. Lunch provided. Attendees receive 3.0 CPU credit hours of professional development from HBU School of Education. Attendees receive a complimentary copy of The Miracle of America book and materials packet.
Open to K-College public and private educators, homeschoolers, and interested citizens.
Dr. John Tyler, Professor of Law, Houston Baptist University
Lesley Clinton, Master Educator and Curriculum Writer
Angela Kamrath, President of AHEF and author of The Miracle of America
Carol Delac, Certified Educator and Team Lead Teacher
Dr. Chris Hammons, Director, Center for Law and Liberty, and Professor of Government, Houston Baptist University
On Tuesday, July 7, 12 noon ET, the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) and the American Historical Association (AHA) will co-host a “Google Hangout” to discuss the implications of the 2014 Nation’s Report Card results on U. S. History and the importance of history education in helping students to become engaged, informed, and productive citizens. The discussion will include a panel of history and education leaders. Sign up to watch and ask questions: http://www.nagb.org/newsroom/naep-releases/2015-us-history-google-hangout.html. The discussion may be viewable after the event as well, so check it out when you can.
Before the founding of the United States, “Ruler’s Law,” not Rule of Law, was prevalent throughout the world. Ruler’s Law meant that all power and decision-making rested in one central, authoritarian person or group. In other words, the ruler was the law. Whatever the ruler wanted or decided arbitrarily became the law. For about 5,000 years, nations of the world were ruled by Ruler’s Law through monarchs, dictators, or oligarchs. The people had no rights to property or the fruits of their labor since rulers could simply take them away at will. Power was exercised over the people by compulsion or force.
Ruler’s Law left the common man with excessive taxation, perpetual poverty and hunger, and no chance to improve his life. Freedom of the people was unheard of, and domination/suppression of the people by their ruler(s) was a permanent way of life. Slavery of people of all races and creeds was widespread and ongoing.
How did Ruler’s Law and enslavement of the masses begin to change?
To find out more, see the From Oppression to Freedom essay (starting on page 9) in the introduction from America’s Heritage: An Adventure in Liberty:
More exciting news! …. AHEF is now offering its new, free resource for middle & high school teachers and homeschoolers titled America’s Heritage: An Experiment in Self-Government. Experiment is a supplemental teacher unit resource developed to support and strengthen 6th-12th grade social studies, history, government, and civic education on the founding documents and principles of the United States of America.
America’s Heritage: An Experiment in Self-Government (“Experiment”) is a sequel to AHEF’s first resource titled America’s Heritage: An Adventure in Liberty (“Adventure”), an award-winning K-12 supplemental lesson plan resource which has been well-received and widely-used by teachers in all 50 states. The new sequel volume, Experiment, provides new content and activities to help teachers and students focus on and analyze the purpose and meaning of America’s key founding documents and governing principles. Experiment is very user-friendly and can easily supplement any teacher’s curriculum and instruction.
For more information about Experiment, see the program page. To access Experiment in downloadable PDF, sign up to be an AHEF member educator (no cost or obligation). As a member, you can log in to access our Member Resources. The printed binder format of the resource is available for purchase at our bookstore.
We’re excited to announce that AHEF is now offering The Miracle of America High School Teacher Course Guide which serves as a framework for a semester-long, secondary-level course on the governing principles of the United States or for supplemental units in existing Social Studies/Humanities courses such as U. S. Government, U. S. history, Philosophy, Western Civilization, and/or Biblical Studies.
The Miracle of America course allows teachers and students to objectively study the ideas and principles that shaped the founding of the United States as a nation and that appear in our founding documents. It explores the influence of the Bible and Judeo-Christian thought on America’s founding philosophy and history. It examines important historical events and original documents including the Bible, Mayflower Compact, Declaration of Independence, U. S. Constitution, and U. S. Bill of Rights.
The course guide complements and may be used with the sourcebook/text titled The Miracle of America: The Influence of the Bible on the Founding History and Principles of the United States of America for a People of Every Belief, Second Edition, by Angela E. Kamrath (American Heritage Education Foundation, 2015).
For more information about The Miracle of America, see our Miracle of America program page. To access AHEF’s Miracle of America course guide (in downloadable PDF) and other free educational resources/lesson plans, sign up to be an AHEF member educator (no cost or obligation). As a member, you can log in to access our Member Resources. The printed binder format of the course guide is now available for purchase at our bookstore.