Why I Wrote a History Curriculum

There are certain dilemmas that are common to most, if not all, homeschooling families.   Discovering that what most science curriculum publishers consider “common” household items are uncommon in your home is a “common” dilemma.   Finding that math curriculum that works for all your children without having to invest a small fortune in multiple programs is another common dilemma.   I would argue that finding an American history curriculum that focuses on the multi-ethnic story and strength of this great nation is yet another dilemma in many households.

No more.

I birthed A Blessed Heritage Educational Resources for several reasons:

1) I wanted to create a curriculum that told a more complete picture of African-American history rather than slavery and the Civil Rights Movement, with few or no stops in between.

2) I wanted to create a curriculum that taught children about more African-American heroes and heroines than Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

3) I wanted to create a curriculum that instilled pride, that inspired greatness, that energized children and parents regarding history studies.

4) I wanted to teach our children not only the stories of history that are commonly taught, and not only African-American history.   I wanted to introduce other stories of other races and ethnicities, so that our children appreciated the diversity that gives America its power and uniqueness.

5) Most importantly, I wanted to create a curriculum that glorified God in the midst of the African-American story.

Welcome to A Blessed Heritage Educational Resources.

Within the pages of our products, you will find all that I endeavored to do as mentioned above and then some.   These literature-based products allow children to experience history as the people themselves experienced it, with stories that spark every emotion–laughter, sadness, surprise, wonder and excitement.    There are activities, discussion questions, crafts, and opportunities for written expression for older and younger children.    Best of all, it is all done while intentionally and unashamedly pointing the reader back to God’s hand and God’s heart.

Please visit A Blessed Heritage, and be blessed.

12 thoughts on “Why I Wrote a History Curriculum

  1. I have been homeschooling for two years now and loving it. My daughter, Lylah, loves it too. She is eight years old and finishing second grade. It is a little challenging because I’m a single mom and balancing schedules with work and school (homeschool) can be hectic. I used Rod and Staff complete curriculum for her first grade year then free lanced with second grade with workbooks and online assignments. I want to return to Rod and Staff but in my opinion it is behind compared to other curriculum available. I could be wrong but that’s how I feel. But I just absolutely love the biblical foundation that it has. My main concern is that my daughter prepared and equipped for testing. I don’t know why I’m stressing because she passed it with flying colors last year. Could you share some of what you do with your youngest? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Also any suggestions on African culture.

    Thanks

    Patricia

  2. Hi, Patricia, and thanks for commenting. I love that your daughter is so enjoying homeschooling, and kudos to you for committing to your child’s education at home as a single parent. Wow! Our curriculum is on a separate page, as is our school schedule. If you’d like to “speak” about what our now 3rd grade day looks like, I’ll happily share if you’d write at belinda.bullard@blessedheritage.com. Though we only use it for English grammar, I am actually a big fan of Rod and Staff. We begin with their textbook at the 3rd grade year–one of the few places that our homeschool uses textbooks. They do not have the bells and whistles of other programs, and their presentation and content can seem archaic at times, I suppose. However, as one who also teaches writing with college students, I have also found R&S to be one of the most comprehensive teaching tools for how to write that I’ve come across. They use old-fashioned diagramming of sentences and teach to mastery of construction of words and thoughts, then expand on making phrases more colorful. In a season where many kids, if they read at all, read what Charlotte Mason would call “twaddle,” these are critical skills.

    When I slow down a bit, I will compile the list you about African culture reading and activities. Give me until summer, after dance recital, Memorial Day, and all of our other upcoming activities.

  3. Does this curriculum best dovetail when we are studying American History? Or does it cover more history then that and I should interweave it through multiple volumes of Mystery of History?

  4. I was not aware that a curriculum such as yours existed. I found you through a YouTube interview and followed the link to your blog. My children are preschool age but I have mentally struggled with how to handle the history issue. I want to teach them a Biblical worldview but, as I’m sure you’re aware, most “Christian” curricula whitewash history and or tell very little about the minority experience. I was so sure it would be beyond me to fill in all the gaps but now I am confident that my children will receive a first-rate American history education! Will definitely be purchasing Blessed Heritage products when we reach that time period!

    1. Thank you for the visit. The reasons you stated about Christian curricula and minorities–not just African Americans, mind you, but MOST minorities–being almost non-existent is EXACTLY what led me to create A Blessed Heritage’s products. I am excited that you found me, and excited about your family’s homeschooling journey. Many blessings to you as you grow in Christ together!

  5. Hello I came across you’re curriculum by way of instagram. This month I started homeschooling my 7 year old sister, who hates reading. I believe she hates it mostly because she still really struggles with it. Do you think your curriculum could be a good idea for a child who struggles to read and has a short attention span? She’s definitely a more hands on ,visual learner.

    Thank You
    -Elizabeth

    1. Hmmm…given that my curriculum is literature-based, she might not enjoy it, but there are ways to get around that, regardless of the curriculum you choose. Many of the books at that level are picture books, so there isn’t as much reading. I would also suggest that you read to and with her, which might support her as she grows in her reading skill. Finally, if you think a particular book will not hold her interest, we can always look at possible alternatives. I hope I have helped some. Thanks for the visit and the question, Elizabeth.

  6. This is our first year homeschooling, and it didn’t take me long to realize the history and literature curriculums available were so…to speak kindly, they all come from one POV–white, American/Western European and male. I did not want my sons to grow up thinking men who look like them are the only ones who’ve contributed to Western Culture. Thank you so much for this curriculum! We aren’t in American history yet, but when we get there, I’ll be looking this up again. Thank you again!

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