“I think Haiti is a place that suffers so much from neglect that people only want to hear about it when it’s at its extreme. And that’s what they end up knowing about it.”
Haitian Author Edwidge Danticat
I am simply thrilled about what is happening with A Blessed Heritage Educational Resources in the days and months to come. I will share several updates, of which this is an exciting first!!
I realize that as a Christian home educator, you want more from your curriculum. You want that experience and commitment of time to result in a love of Jesus, to transform your child’s character development, and to produce a spirit that cares for others.You also want your children to embrace those same principles in their family life when they become parents. With those goals in mind, we have created a series of unit studies that are designed to help your child understand life in an area of the world that might seem far away—today. We are proud to present “A Heart for the Nations: Guatemala” and “Heart of the Nations: Haiti” as the first two of this series.
If what you know about Haiti is limited to television, you know it as a poor, politically unorganized, geographically ravaged country. I wanted to learn more. I wanted to learn more of what I see reflected in the eyes of natives upon meeting them—the pride, the enthusiasm, the passion for all that is good about the country. That is the Haiti that I sought to present in this study. Similarly, Guatemala is often depicted as war-torn and poverty-stricken. These unit studies do not seek to overlook the harsh realities of these countries, but to also shed light on other cultural aspects that are not pictured as frequently.
These unit studies are designed to do exactly what the titles suggest: to give students a heart for a nation. We are introduced to Guatemala and Haiti beyond the headlines. We read great stories, we taste the food, we mimic the art. Most of all, we make connections between the hearts of those in other lands and our own, and we appreciate the similarities that unite us all.
Watch for these studies soon on the website! In the meantime, in case you missed the announcement of some other fairly recent happenings, check out these links!
Our “Connections” history shorts podcast series
A Blessed Heritage’s monthly newsletter