1 Weekly Letter

Dear Moms,

Eden Hope Academy is about making connections.  In the next few weeks we’ll learn about the influences of philosophies of the Enlightenment Period and The First Great Awakening and juxtaposition these with world leaders, our own Declaration of Independence and Constitution and the thought processes behind the American Revolutionary war and French Revolution.  Memorizing history for the sake of memory is fine, but it does little to nurture a student’s mind to seek truth when philosophies dominate the media and become social norms.  Learning to think critically and make connections will transform your child into an independent thinker.



You’re going to do a great job.  Really think about how your child thinks and learns today.  In around three months you’ll start to notice a huge difference.  Be excited, your child is going to be an amazing thinker!



  • Listen to Week 1 multiple times in your car, or while your child is playing Legos or drawing…. Listening first familiarizes your child with the information they are about to learn and makes the information more exciting because they already have absorbed some of the vocabulary.
  • Sometimes, it is difficult to hear each word.  That’s ok, the songs are printed out in your Eden Hope Academy Activity book or, just listen to the songs several times and the words will start to become clearer.
  • Ask questions:  What is a lighter than air airship?  What on earth was the War of Spanish Succession about?  We’ll have to learn about that!  What could you buy with $7.2 million dollars today?  Can you post a picture of something that costs $7.2 million on EHA’s Facebook?  Remember:  EHA is about building the WHOLE CHILD.  Discussion with YOU is imperative to critical thinking skills!

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  • Try to sing each of the Memorize Me! Songs with your child.  If your child is reading, ask them to sing the Memorize Me! section as they read the words.  You may also consider using the CD to help follow along with the words
  • By humility and fear of the Lord are the riches and honor and life.  Proverbs 22:4.  Discuss this verse with your child.  What does it mean in your life?  Ask your child to draw a picture of walking with God.  What does it mean to walk with God?  How do you walk with God?
  • William Penn.  Discuss discuss discuss!  Break down the concepts for your little ones.  Ask your child how he/she feels when jealous, for example.
  • Link it to Me!  again, discuss discuss discuss 🙂
  • Eden Hope Academy Laboratory — we’ll do this in class.  Make sure your children bring their books to class.
  • Map:  refer to the Map Key for the color placement.  This exercise helps your child build comfort with the map of the world.  Just a dot of dark green on North America and light green in Europe is good for War of Spanish Succession.

Timeline Cards




  • Grab those timeline cards and let’s start learning!
  • The fist side of the first card should read  Week 1  Card 1, War of Spanish Succession 1701
  • Watch EHA’s video for this week.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIn_LlPO_Y0 Follow along and pause at the end of The War of Spanish Succession.  Ask your child to draw a picture of something they remember from this.  Perhaps breaking up large powers, or a picture of poor Charles who died with no heirs.  It might take prompting at first.  Independent thinking and creativity are a process, give it time!
  • Flip the card over and ask your child to tell you one or two thoughts that they remember.  Write these for your child in the Describe it! lines or ask your child to jot them down.  Even if your child can write but it would be arduous, go ahead and write their thoughts for them.  Thinking and writing don’t always go hand in hand and we’re developing thinking skills right now.
  • The circles are a natural language processing tool that top executives, cancer researchers, and great thinkers use.  Ask you child to remember two or three links to the War of Spanish Succession.  Ask him or her which bubble they’d like to use.  Write their thought in the bubble.
  • Need more information?  We’ve blogged about each of our Timeline Cards too!  go to our main site, edenhopeacademy.com, click on Cycle 4, type W1C2 (W is for week, add the week number, C is for card, add the card number and you’ll zoom right to the card you need.  https://edenhopecycle4.wordpress.com/2016/07/23/w1c2-william-penn/  Screen Shot 2016-08-21 at 11.41.42 AM
  • You do not need to fill in all of the bubbles.


Listen to the CD throughout the week.  It is imperative for building memory.

Link it!

  • Link it! is probably the most important learning skill in Eden Hope Academy.  Start playing with your child today!
  • Little ones:  even if your child cannot yet read, use the cards by reading the sections and ask them if they remember it from Memorize Me! CD.  Remember, the more you speak the words and suggest links the quicker your child will become an Independent Thinker!
  • Older students:  play Link it! at home.  Evenly divide the cards between you and your children.  Place one card on the table to start.  Each child’s turn will give them the opportunity to place as many links on the table as they can.  Remember, links must make sense.  Linking random items such as if you have only geography terms you must find a link on the board before placing them.  So, for example, if you have Alaska, you could link it to Canada, because they touch and then to the War of Spanish Succession because it was partially fought in Canada.  See Link it! Rules for more details.
  • See the Link it! Video for examples!

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Listen to the CD throughout the week.  It is imperative for building memory.

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