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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Junior History  (0-8)

History for the Well-Educated Heart

The primary focus for this age is to use teaching methods that will educate the heart.   A hundred years ago, educators rightly understood that hearts must be warmed before minds can be taught. The gift of story, art, and music are the primary tools of a heart-based education.  Our top choice resource that can be used to guide parents and teachers through this type of education is The Well-Educated Heart - A Story Study Guide, by Marlene Peterson.  

This study guide is designed to be used each year from ages 4-12.  Several resources are listed under monthly themes.  Parents and teachers choose which resources they want to use each month that are age appropriate for their children.  Resources are marked with symbols to make is easy to find selections suitable for children under 8 years old.  Monthly themes are based on stories of American History which link to other stories that have transpired all over the world. 

Click here to download Essential Skills and Knowledge for Junior History

Click here for Junior History Scrapbook instructions

The Well-Educated Heart Story Guide includes resources for learning about literature, history, art and music during "structured school time" as well other times throughout the week in the form of movies to watch and books for independent reading. 

Select resources from the guide for children 8 and under. This guide will be used for all children 4-12 so there will be ample opportunity to use the other resources as children grow older. 

This story guide is available as a free .pdf download and will guide families through the Forgotten Classics Family Library which is available at Libraries of Hope.

The Freedom Series from Libraries of Hope is the foundation text for the Well-Educated Heart Story Guide

Month 1:

The Age of Exploration
 Month 2:  


Month 3:

Month 4:

Month 5:

2 Revolutions 
Month 6:

Month 7:

Month 8:

Month 9:

Grant and Lee
The Civil War 
Month 10:

World War I

Month 11:

Month 12:

Notable Lives 


  Additional Resources

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  • I Love America Volumes 1 and 2 with music CDs from Kimber Academy  (interactive color and activity book - see description at the right)

  • Wee Sing Music CDs are a great resource to add music to this learning time.

I  Love America - Kimber Curriculum

Volume 1:  This book discusses nine major American holidays and incorporates games, songs, plays, coloring and poems for the younger ages. Subjects covered in Volume 1 are:

  • The Flag
  • Columbus
  • The Pilgrims
  • Freedom of Religion
  • George Washington
  • The Preamble to the Constitution
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Pocahontas

A wonderful CD full of memorable songs your children will love is included with this volume.

Volume 2:  

This book contains stories and information for older Elementary- aged students about our American Heritage. Subjects include:

1. Our National Anthem
2. The Mayflower Compact
3. The Statue of Liberty
4. Our First Amendment
5. A fictional biography called "Daniel Smythe Chronicles" (Revolutionary War)
6. An Activity for practicing America's Free Enterprise System - "Creating a Class Town".

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