From a Mother's Knee to a Child's Heart
A Parent's Resource for Teaching and 
Nurturing a New Generation of Patriots 

Hearthstone Education Plan

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Age Groups:  Participants in Liberty's Hope are divided into the following age groups  (Age group is determined by age as of January 1 in any calendar year).

Knickerbockers (ages 3-8)  These children may participate in all projects that parents deem appropriate for their child.  However, children are rewarded for participation only.  They will not be judged on skill ability until they reach the age of 8.  Parents should wait until a child has reached age 8 before asking children to complete all requirements for a project.  Learn more about Knickerbockers and find activity sheets here:  

Knights and Ladies of Liberty  (ages 8-12)  These children may participate in all projects.  Recognition badges and pins may be earned for their projects and experiences in their Academic Studies as well as extra-curricular activities. 

Young Patriots for America (ages 12-18)  Teens are encouraged to continue to participate in all project areas and may also begin serving as youth leaders and mentors for younger children. 

Liberty's Hope is the elective arm of the Hearthstone Education Plan.  Families may look to the Liberty's Hope site for a directory of resources for many topics.  The list is divided into four categories: the heart, might, mind and strength.  Liberty's Hope may also be used as an achievement program. 

Liberty’s Hope  is a  home-based achievement program for youth designed to teach the principles of liberty, skills of self-reliance, and character development to build the leaders of tomorrow.  It is similar to community-based organizations such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, or 4-H and is provided for children and teens ages 3-18.  This program may serve as the elective arm of the Hearthstone Education Plan which provides lesson plans for core academic subjects to homeschool families. 

The primary difference between Liberty's Hope and other achievement programs is this program is completely home-based.  The parents are the leaders, they design the programs and choose the mentors for their own children.  If parents choose to create a neighborhood group, they are welcome to do so.  Administration of the neighborhood group will be determined at the local level.    Recognition is provided with badges and reward pins for project completion.  
Overview:  This achievement program is built on the Biblical model of character development.  In Luke 2: 52 we read:  "And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man."  Children can learn to follow a Christian pattern of development by following this example.   The four areas of achievement include the Heart, Mind, Might and Strength.   These four areas of achievement are defined as follows:

  • Heart:  The heart represents more than transitory emotions of feelings.  The heart, in a descriptive sense, reflects the stable state of the personality, our current point of development relative to our ultimate potential.  The heart represents man's nucleus.  It is the character or disposition -- the governing attitude and feeling--of a person.

  • Mind:  The mind refers to man's system of attracting, organizing, and implementing knowledge or information for use by the heart.  The mind is a means and not an end in the configuration of human nature.  The mind is a capacity that belongs to the person.  It is subject to the will of the heart.

  • Might:  Might extends beyond the heart and mind.  Might includes all resources that an individual legitimately commands or controls.  Might is an extension of the person, such as one's reputation and all other forces or materials that are within a person's rightful dominion and available for use by the individual.   Personal wealth, property, physical objects, talents and skills are an example of his or her might.  

  • Strength:  Strength refers to the physical properties associated with an individual's body that are instruments of power in a bodily sense.  Strength includes generative powers in the form of muscle, bone, and tissue, regenerative powers in the form of bodily systems such as the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, neural, and glandular, including reproductive powers - the physical capacity and power to procreate.
(Definitions of Heart, Mind, Might and Strength are taken from Neil J. Flinders, "Teach the Children - An Agency Approach to Education",  Provo, Utah.  1990)

Tracking Progress:  Participants are encouraged to maintain a portfolio to record progress.  The portfolio will include achievement certificates, project sheets, and journal notes for insights gained while working on projects.  Portfolios should illustrate progress and achievements in academic studies and extra-curricular activities.  See Portfolio tab above for portfolio guidelines. 

Quarterly Activities:  Families and neighborhood groups may conduct a recognition/activity event four times a year to encourage participation and achievement.  Suggested activities include a Health and Fitness event, Performing Arts Event, Speech and Literacy Event, and a Patriotic Event. 

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