About Marilyn

Marilyn is wife to Rick, Mom to 14 children, Nana to 22 grandchildren (and counting!) and homeschooler for 37 years. She and her husband own Character Concepts which they started for the purpose of helping others raise children with a strong, godly character and Biblical worldview.They have developed character curriculum from preschool through high school, based on what they found worked when teaching their own 14 children over the years. Her passion is to help young moms raise kids of character and enjoy the journey!

American History Homeschool Books

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Captivating American History Homeschool Books Your Kids Will Love

I am writing this just a few days before Inauguration Day 2021. This is such an incredibly disturbing time in our country. Things are so unstable.

Freedoms we all hold dear are in danger and becoming more so each day that goes by. This past year there has been so much done to threaten the very bedrock of freedom our country was founded upon.

We hear of mobs destroying statues of men our country has held in esteem for centuries. People are trying to erase history from the minds of the citizens. Kids are being taught that America is evil and responsible for the very wrongs our ancestors have worked to right.

Kasey and me with a wonderful veteran and godly man, Charles Reed

Know Your History to Protect Your Freedom

One of the first signs of decay of a society is when their history is taken from them. We see this happening at an alarming rate today. HOWEVER- it began in the early 1900’s. It’s happening at an escalated rate now, but back in early 1900s a movement was birthed to teach history from a purely economic viewpoint. A  movement was underfoot to remove references to GOD from our history books in government schools. The very year I went to first grade in 1962, prayer was removed from schools and shortly thereafter the Pledge of Allegiance. I remember starting every school day standing with my hand on my heart and reciting the pledge to our flag (there was a flag  in every classroom)

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Liberals sought to influence the minds of the populace. However, they knew they couldn’t sweep in and wipe history/God from the minds of the World War II generation- one who remembered the fight for freedom. It had to be a much slower process-. They would have to influence the minds of kids. It would take a whole generation or more of compulsory attendance/removal of prayer/removal of God- gradual implementation of these goals. It finally got to where students couldn’t mention God in commencement addresses or prayers.

Protect Your Freedom Bundle  

I have packaged these 4 books together for you and reduced them in price to help your family get informed and inspired. The regular price is $131. The special sale price is $96 for all 4. That’s 35% off. NOW through February 15th. You can also purchase the individual books if you wish.  

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American History for Homeschoolers Book Set

History began to be taught as study of people groups and societies, of tolerance of others. They moved away from the teaching history as it had been done for generations.

Back in the 90’s Rick was a drywall contractor and would from time to time hire employees. Just for fun, he would ask them questions about American history. It was astounding what little history was being imparted to students. Even simple questions, like Who was George Washington received the answer from one guy, “oh wasn’t he the guy who chopped down cherry tree?” -a story that wasn’t even true to begin with. He witnessed an incredible lack of education in real history. Watch some of these man on the street videos where they interview college students about history and you will be amazed!

The teaching of civics was removed from most government schools. I guess it depended on the section of the country you grew up in, but in the northeast, we had no government or civics courses offered.

I am grateful that Rick and I were introduced many years ago to the ministry of David Barton of  WALLBUILDERS. It was an incredible eye-opener. He owns massive amounts of primary source documents from the founding era. It had been one of the things on my bucket list to visit Wallbuilders and several years ago when we spoke at the homeschooling convention in TX, we took an extra day to go there. So amazing! 

 I had been taught history in school and thought it was thoroughly boring, but when you learn about real people and their experience, it makes it come alive. Listening to his DVD series he would mention people in American history and i began to realize that often the guys I never learned anything about, I began to find out they were the Christians. For example James Garfield. I knew he was a president but knew nothing else about him.  Reading his biography I read how he was miraculously saved, went home to find his mother on her knees praying for his salvation, and how he met Christ shortly thereafter. And while president, he held evangelistic meetings at the White House!! 

Protect Your Freedom Bundle 

I have packaged these 4 books together for you and reduced them in price to help your family get informed and inspired. The regular price is $131. The special sale price is $96 for all 4. That’s 35% off. NOW through February 15th. You can also purchase the individual books if you wish.  

Purchase Protect Your Freedom Bundle

Listening to a presentation by David Barton about the signers of the Declaration of Independence, I was challenged when he asked how many signers we could name.  Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, (the least religious of the founders) and John Hancock- that’s all I could name. As I listened to his presentation, I became fascinated and later convicted that these men had sacrificed SO much for our freedom and we knew NOTHING about them!   I  wanted my kids and other’s kids to hear their stories. I couldn’t shake feeling like I needed to do something about that and was inspired to write For You They Signed– the first book I want to tell you about. That began 2 years of incredible research. David Barton recommended a 9 volume set of books written in the early 1800’s by a man who interviewed people who actually knew the signers or family members of signers. I was astounded to find out that many of signers wrote statements of what they believed about Jesus Christ so their posterity would never have to wonder.

Here are a couple of samples. 

Benjamin Rush:  “My only hope of salvation is in the infinite, transcendent love of God manifested to the world by the death of His son upon the Cross. Nothing but his blood will wash away my sins.”

Roger Sherman:  “I believe that there is only one living and true God, existing in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.. and that at the end of the world, there will be a resurrection from the dead, and a final judgment of all mankind, when the righteous shall be publically acquitted before Christ the Judge, and be admitted to everlasting life and glory, and the wicked be sentenced to everlasting punishment.

There are lots more in For You They Signed. 

For You THey Signed Book By Marilyn Boyer

Now there is a textbook used in many colleges called The Godless Constitution that propagates lies about the signers of the Declaration of Independence claiming that they were a bunch of deists. At the conclusion of the book it states something to the effect that -we have dispensed with usual practice of footnoting as we all know founders were deists. They have no proof at all! And the founders were prolific writers. You can know and don’t have to wonder or believe the lies. 

The vast majority of the signers were Christians by their own words. Even the ones we don’t know to be Christians held the Bible in high regard. Thomas Jefferson, while President, made the  Bible to be the main textbook used in DC city schools. He also cut out the words of Jesus to be used as a book for teaching Indians. You may have heard he had child by slave girl but that is not true. There was a definite movement to smear the reputation of the founders. If you want documented truth about Jefferson, read Barton’s book called The Jefferson Lies. Excellent and documented thoroughly. 

Protect Your Freedom Bundle 

I have packaged these 4 books together for you and reduced them in price to help your family get informed and inspired. The regular price is $131. The special sale price is $96 for all 4. That’s 35% off. NOW through February 15th. You can also purchase the individual books if you wish.  

Purchase Protect Your Freedom Bundle

In my research for For You They Signed, I ran across stories of SO many others who weren’t signers but played crucial roles and had fascinating lives, so I began collecting a list to later write up their stories in another book. That one is called Profiles of Valor, the second book I’d like to tell you about. People like James Caldwell, Wentworth Cheswell, Henry Knox, Francis Marion and 36 other men and women.

Godly History Books

Several years ago, Master Books asked us to write history books. That began an incredible journey in preparing to write The Fight for Freedom and America’s Struggle to Become a Nation- the last 2 books I want to tell you about today.

We used primary source documents and history books written in the 1800’s that were used in PUBLIC schools, books our great grandparents studied. All school children KNEW these stories.  We had multiple history books written back then and they all told the same amazing stories of people. EVERYONE knew them. Now, no one has ever heard of these people or if they have, know so little about them, even stories that reflected the providence of God in several cases. A British general was known to have commented, “It appears that an invisible hand is working in behalf of the colonists” Oh boy, I can’t get started telling these stories right now, but they are SO fascinating. IT’s such a shame we don’t know these stories anymore that every school girl and boy knew just 2 or 3 generations ago. Hey, but your kids can know them. You can know them! 

In a normal history book, you MAYBE have one chapter about the war of Independence.  You can’t possibly understand it or hear about the people who lived it in one chapter! 

That’s why we offer so much about this period of history when our nation was established. We are losing the freedoms that were so hard to win and most people in our country don’t even recognize it. History in schools has become so dry and boring. They taught facts, not real stories of real people.  History told this way comes alive! 

The Fight for Freedom tells the inspiring stories of 34 men and women- some of whom you may have heard about and some you probably never have.

America’s Struggle contains 34 chapters of story events and even has a chapter explaining the  Constitution as well.

We sent our 2 history books to Chief Justice Roy Moore the  Ten Commandments Judge from AL to see if he would read and review them for us. Were we ever honored when he did just that. Here is what he wrote, 

“As a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and a veteran of Vietnam, I have the greatest respect and love for our Country. Unfortunately, our children are not being taught the history of our nation in most of our public and private schools.

America’s Struggle to Become a Nation and The Fight for Freedom written by Rick and Marilyn Boyer together with student worksheets and biographical reference materials are an outstanding and invaluable information resource for teaching the formation and development of the United States of America. Rick and Marilyn have done a remarkable job of documenting the struggles and sacrifices of brave men and women who, “with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence,” risked their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to build this land we love. Every American would benefit by reading these marvelous works designed to preserve our heritage as a nation.”

 

He called me personally and said he is a huge history buff but he learned things in these books he didn’t know. He said he recommended them to his son who is in West Point. I considered it a great honor and always will that he called and talked to me for around 15 minutes. He has been a stalwart defender of freedom and he deserves our respect and honor.

I can’t emphasize enough how VITAL it is for your family to become informed on our history. The time is here when we as Christians need to be involved in the public square. It’s because we haven’t that our country is in the mess it’s in today.

  1. The first step in protecting freedom is to become informed as a family.
  2. The next step is to become engaged in pointing the culture in right direction but I’ll save that topic for another day. 

Protect Your Freedom Bundle 

I have packaged these 4 books together for you and reduced them in price to help your family get informed and inspired. The regular price is $131. The special sale price is $96 for all 4. That’s 35% off. NOW through February 15th. You can also purchase the individual books if you wish.  

Purchase Protect Your Freedom Bundle

Protect Your Freedom Bundle

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Activities to do in Autumn

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Fun Activities to do in Autumn

Looking for some fun activities to do in autumn with your kids? I had a couple of the grandkids over last week and here’s what we did. These are perfect for even preschoolers- short enough to hold their attention and easy enough that they can handle the skills.

  1. Lion pictures with autumn leaves

First of all, we made lion pictures with autumn leaves. Here is the link we used to download the lion’s face. Instead of using real leaves, I used color copies of leaves we had collected. They are easier for little people to handle than the real thing and oh so pretty!

Lion Activity

Directions are easy peasy. First, the kids colored the lion faces while I cut the leaves out. Then I got out glue sticks and showed the kids how to turn leaves upside down and cover with glue. I glued the lion face to the middle of the paper but at first just placed glue in the middle of the face so we could tuck the colored leaves under his face to create a mane. The kiddos learned to glue each leaf and tuck under the face to create his mane.

Art project for fall activity

child gluing on art projectCompleted lion art project

     2. Acorn cookies

This was a fun, simple, and yummy project. Here is a picture of the ingredients needed:

Ingredients for acorn cookies

I had the kids unwrap the Hershey kisses while I melted some chocolate chips in the microwave. Then I showed them how to dip each kiss in the melted chocolate and attach to one of the nutter butter cookies. That’s it! If desired you can dip a mini chip in the melted chocolate and attach it to the top of the cookie. I chose not to, because of the skill level of the preschoolers, but older kids could manage.

acorn cookies

Acorn cookies with child

    3.  Painting Pumpkins

Then we took a trip to the neighborhood fruit stand and the kids each picked out a pumpkin. They got a ride in the little wagon with their pumpkins

pumkin wagon ride

Then we brought the pumpkins home and I let the kids paint them with washable paints.

kids making art projects

 

Painting pumkins

    4. Rice Krispie Pumpkins

Rice Krispie Pumpkin snack

Our last project for the day was making Rice Krispie pumpkins. I had picked up some orange food coloring.

Ingredients:

3 tbsp butter

10 oz package mini marshmallows

6 cups Rice Krispie cereal

Directions:

  1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and orange food coloring and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
  2. Add RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated.
  3. Form into round pumpkin shapes and place them on a cookie sheet. I let the kids unwrap tootsie rolls and I cut them in half. Push the tootsie roll (stem) into the top of the pumpkin and voila, there you have it. The kids took all their treasures home to share with their brothers and sisters. It was a fun day. Hope it makes your fall more pleasurable too!Enjoy these fun activities to do in autumn with your family!

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If you have fun autumn activities that are family traditions we would love to hear them. Share them in the comments below!

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Coming October 12th: The Homeschool Upgrade Summit

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Our mission as parents is monumental:

To raise our children to be disciples of Jesus Christ who know their God and seek His Kingdom above everything.

But wow — is it ever a fight to stay on target.

Our enemy knows the power of our mission, and he’ll use any means possible to keep our eyes down, looking to worldly success. We’re confronted by anti-God systems and patterns everywhere we turn, even in our own homeschool cabinets, and especially in our own hearts.

We’ve got to keep looking to Christ and find a way to integrate a God-centered mindset into our children’s education. It’ll take a serious upgrade from where we’re at now — and then? It will impact eternity.

So join us for the Homeschool Upgrade Summit to get back to our mission: We’ll climb past the distractions of worldly success and UPGRADE our vision, relationships, academics, and success — to a life of victory and joy through family discipleship.

Rick and I are so glad we are able to be a part of the Homeschool Upgrade Summit and we will be teaching How to Delight in Your Children. All the virtual video sessions will be encouraging as you watch and apply God’s truth to your homeschool and family life.

Register now for this online event, coming October 12-16, 2020 — free for a limited time! There are so many good speakers!

How’s it work?

The Homeschool Upgrade Summit is a week-long event featuring video sessions in a personable, interview-style format — just like having coffee with your favorite speakers! It’s all free the week of October 12-16, 2020, and also features the Homeschool Summits Exhibit Hall (with lots of only-here discounts) so you can invest intentionally into what’s best for your family.

Homeschool Summits has been producing top-of-the-line web events for over four years. This fall’s brand-new event will help you skip the burden of worldly success and pursue a life of discipleship in your every-day homeschooling.

Get ready for a week of mission-focused encouragement & application — and watch your family flourish as you seek first the Kingdom of God together!

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 12 Ideas for Fun Summer Days at Home

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Fun Summer Days at Home

When my kids were young, I liked to try to do some fun things that weren’t a part of our normal school year- to make summer days more fun. These are simple, inexpensive or free ideas that really just let kids be kids. There’s no need to get fancy or expensive. Kids’ imaginations are the best toy, when encouraged to be used, and simple fun is usually the most fun!

So- before summer bids farewell for another year, here are some simple, yet fun ideas you can enjoy with your kids.

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 Ideas for Road Trip Fun in the Car

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Summertime is here, and it’s time for vacation or fun day trips!

I just took a few of my grand kids to the lake last week (about an hour away) and I heard the age-old question from one of them, “When will we be there? Are we there yet? How much longer?”

Time drags for little guys when they are all excited to be somewhere and yet we just keep driving.

Here are some fun in the car suggestions for things that have worked for us over the years to keep little ones occupied and excited (and to help you keep your sanity!!)

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Summer Time Tip: Assign Chores for Next School Year

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Summer is always the time I would reassign chores to each of my kids.

I made a master list of everything that needed to be done in our home on a regular basis. Then each summer, I would run off a new copy of the list and evaluate who in our home was the best choice for each chore for the next year.

The reason I did this in the summer was because that was the best time for training each child in the chore they were responsible for. It doesn’t work to just say, “Go clean the bathroom”, for instance. Your child will do what they think makes it clean but they need to be instructed and trained as to how to do it correctly.

It’s kind of fun to change up the chores each year so everyone learns how to do all the chores eventually, and since we’re not doing school in the summer, I took that time to train everyone. By training them in their chores in the summer, the school year would flow more smoothly, rather than having to train in chores as well as doing school work.

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Ideas for Easy Family Devotions

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Ideas for Easy Family Devotions with Kids.

In raising our 14 kids I can’t say we’ve always been consistent in family devotion times with the kids. It actually got much harder as the kids got older and had so many out of the home commitments. But before we got to that stage, we had fairly consistent family Bible times.

In the next couple of posts I plan to share some of the things we did that proved successful but not overwhelming to accomplish, as well as some of the resources we developed that can be picked up and used without prep time on Dad or Mom’s part. Rick was a dad who had a physically intensive job so he would come home very tired and not at his creative best, so something that did not require a lot of preparation was important for that reason. Perhaps you find yourself in a similar situation.

Family Devotions don’t have to be in-depth, or extremely time-consuming. They don’t have to follow a particular formula, and you don’t have to have visuals and activities planned out to accompany your time together in order to “make it work”.  What is important, really, is that you try to set aside some time to simply lead your family in listening to God’s word and discussing it together. If you want to do more, great! But, if you cannot- don’t lose heart! Do what you can. Little is MUCH when God is in it!

Here are Easy Ideas and Resources for Family Devotions:

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How to Teach Your Children to Spend Time in the Word

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How can you instill the practice of studying God’s Word into your children? Well, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. But, let me share with you what we did with our own children….

From the time our children were babes in the bassinet, we played Bible audios for them at sleep times. It would be a comfort to them and help them to settle down to turn on their Bible CD’s. Pretty early on, Rick recorded audios for them and explained difficult words and meanings to them which was actually teaching them how to meditate on God’s Word. This also served to show the kids that God’s Word was practical and interesting to listen to.

We read Bible stories to our little people and had a Friday night Bible quiz each week asking questions from our reading during the week. We would reward them for answering questions, and it encouraged them to be attentive during reading times- to want to “pay attention on purpose.”

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Tips for Teaching Preschoolers

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Preschool is one of my favorite ages to teach. The love of learning is so strong. Everything is so exciting and fun for this age. With my own preschoolers, my goal was to be sure not to squelch but enhance that God-given love of learning. These tips for teaching preschoolers is from personal experience.

I do believe a schedule benefits children by building in them a sense of security. For this reason, I scheduled times to work with my preschoolers so they knew what to expect and what was expected of them.

Tips for Teaching Preschoolers:

 

1. Keeping Preschoolers Occupied

I found early on that to a large degree, my success in home schooling many ages at one time was dependent on how I managed my preschoolers. Preschool children have the potential of being a major distraction to the learning environment and must be handled wisely.

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More Ideas for Easy Family Devotions

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Family devotion time doesn’t need to be complicated. I remember little Matt when he was about 3 or 4; he would get his pillow and stretch out on his back underneath the coffee table every night with his feet up in the air touching the bottom of the tabletop. We never let our kids disrupt family time by running around being loud, but expected them to listen quietly. Matt, listening quietly, would fall asleep every time! Sweet memories. It’s okay. They’ll pick up a whole lot more than you think even if it appears that they aren’t being really attentive.

So, continuing with suggestions for easy Family Bible Times, let me share with you several more ways we spent time together as a family learning about God. (Miss Part 1? Read it here)

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