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A Noble Experiment, The History and Nature of the American Government
Government and Civics is always discounted at Schoolhouse Publishing Homeschool Store.
I believe most homeschoolers dream of making a difference in today's society, restoring our freedoms and rights, and righting so many wrongs. We are also seriously aware that this will never happen unless our students are well versed in political philosophy - and in particular, the Bible and the philosophies of our founding fathers. After all, our students are the product of 21st century America, despite all our attempts to shield and protect them.
All of that being said, this year we found a wonderful new program that will teach your students conservative, foundational government in a deep, thorough, but easy-to-implement format. Introducing Zeezok Publishing's A Noble Experiment. First let me tell you what you get, since it involves a rather substantial outlay of finances. You get 5 DVD's that include 24 lessons for your student to watch. You get a 6th CD which includes all kinds of teacher resources. You also get a wonderful student activity book.
The DVD's feature Mr. Tim Spickler, a teacher of civics for over 20 years. Largely, they involve listening to lectures; however, Mr. Spickler is clear and easy to listen to. Interspersed throughout the lecture are slides of famous quotes, source documents, etc. This program is designed to be self-directed. The student can pop in the DVD, and work through this course entirely on his own.
The Nobel Experiment student activity book is marvelous. At the beginning is a very clear, step-by-step lesson plan for the student. Designed to be done 3 non-consecutive days per week (M,W,F), the activity book walks the student through 44 lessons. Twenty-four of those lessons have an accompanying video. The others involve reading source documents, taking quizzes, and even watching the movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Everything your student needs (except the aforementioned movie) is contained in the activity book, including original source documents, notebook pages, lesson plan, tests and quizzes, projects, and even a place for him to build his own glossary.
The DVD's are from a Christian worldview. Mr. Spickler clearly leads the student to understand that man needs government because we are sinners, and that the role of government is not economic equality (socialism). He helps the student to realize his responsibilites toward the government. Your student will even be given opportunity to learn how to (for example) obtain a driver's license, register to vote, start a small business, get a marriage license, or even how to run for a local government position. Such a wide and interesting look at everything from the global (World Order) to the mundane (how to get a building permit)! All the while, Mr. Spickler consistently points students back to their need for a Savior. No government can eliminate sin. Only God can do that.
The A Nobel Experiment teacher's CD includes everything you need to help keep your student on track. There's a printable syllabus you can hang on your fridge so that you know what is due when. Of course the answer key is included. There's a gradebook (printable) for you to track your student's grades. There's even a complete transcript of the all the DVD's with important information hilighted so that you don't have to watch the DVD's if you don't have the time or inclination! Your student can even use this transcript to review for tests (instead of rewatching the DVD's) - if that is his preferred learning style.
The course is intended for high school students and is equal to a one semester course, covering all the national standards for high school civics and government, as well as the subject matter traditionally included in secondary government courses.
If you are looking for a deep, thorough, yet easy-to-understand conservative civics course, this may be the course you are looking for! I know I'm impressed!
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