History for Boys

>> Friday, February 27, 2009

When I began to homeschool my eldest, I decided that I should focus on history that would intrigue him and would prepare him for his future. What is one of the most challenging decisions facing a young man? What to do when he grows up. I knew that a study of the jobs of grown men would intrigue him. So I complied this outline for a history course. It lists the jobs of men throughout the ages. The idea was to study what these men did, what kind of character they had, and whether their lives brought honor to God or not. Some of the items are things, not people and would need to be researched. This is by no means an exhaustive list. And I have to admit that we never got far on the list! But the idea is good and we are still using the idea: what did this man do and was it glorifying to God. I hope you find it informative, maybe even useful.

Occupations of the Ages

* Builders: the Arc, the Tower of Babel, Ziggurats, the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx, the 7 Wonders of the World, Solomon’s Temple, Babylon, the foolish man and the wise man, Roman Coliseum, Great Wall of China, Venice Italy, Dutch Dikes, Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Statue of Liberty, Eifle Tower, Golden Gate Bridge, Mount Rushmore, Sky Scrapers, Building Practices Then and Now, We are compared to a building in Ephesians 2:19 and 1 Peter 2:5, God is described as a builder in Hebrews 3:4

* Sailors: Noah (The Land and Sea Before and after the Flood), Sons of Ham Travel to the New World after the Tower of Babel (Navigation Now and Then), the Disciples Who Were Fisherman, Travel Limited to Europe until after the Middle Ages (Mediterranean Travel), the Great Sea Explorations of Post Middle Ages, the Vikings, Columbus– Europe Discovers the New World, Discovery and Exploration of the Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean, Trade Routes to China and India, Wars on the Sea (England, France, Spain), Pirates and Privateers, Sir Walter Drake, Submarines, the Suez Canal, the Straight of Gibraltar, the Panama Canal. Boat Types in Different Eras (Sail Boats, Steam Boats, Diesel Boats), Tools of the Trade: Then and Now.

* Farmers and Ranchers: Adam and His Sons, Joseph and the Famine (How Planning and Farming Saved the Nation of Israel), Ahab Kills for a Vineyard, Parable of the Sower, Feudal System of the Middle Ages, Droughts of Europe Post Middle Ages (Bring People to the Americas), Claim Settling (Buying Land with Time), Cowboys & Buckaroos, Modern Farming Methods (How Our Nation Feeds the World), Tools of the Trade Then and Now.

* Soldiers: First Soldiers Mentioned in the Bible, Joshua and the Captain of the Lord of Hosts, Gideon and His Soldiers, David’s Mighty Men of Valor, Alexander the Great, the Trojan Horse, Roman Soldiers, a Christian Soldier, Attila the Hun, Knights, the Legend of King Arthur, War Code of Conduct (Ie, That You Stand in a Line and Don’t Hide), the Crusades, Soldiers Occupying the American Colonies, the Swamp Fox, the Minute Men, George Washington, Jackson and Lafayette (Battle of New Orleans), Stonewall Jackson, Davy Crockett, Solders of Ww1, Patton, Mac Arthur, Eisenhower, General Norman Swartcoff, Modern Military(branches of the Military, Ranks, Training of Soldiers, Education of Officers), 9-11-02, Wars Against Non-military Groups (Ie: the Terrorists), 2 Timothy 2:3

*Explorers: the Command to Have Dominion over the Earth Ge 1:26,28, Early Explorers, Where the Sons of Noah Went after the Tower of Babel, the Roman Empire (As Far as Britain), No Exploration During the Middle Ages, Exploring the Americas, Exploring Africa, Exploring Asia, Exploring Antarctica, Remaining Unexplored Areas of the World (The Amazon, the Arctic, Etc), Travel to the Moon, Space Exploration, Matthew 28:18-20

*Scientists and Inventors: Early Inventors in the Scripture, the Scientific Giants of the Pre-flood Era, the Inventor of the Wheel, Discoveries of the Ancient Egyptians, Scientific Understanding Mentioned in Job and Psalms, the Greek Constellations, Science Died Without God (The Middle Ages), the Reformation and the Revival of Science, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Galileo, Early Modern Discovery and Invention, Newton, Basic Laws of Nature, Printing Press, Electricity (Benjamin Franklin) the Cotton Gin, Antiseptics, the Steam Engine, the Sewing Machine, the Telephone, the Assembly Line, Albert Einstein, Atomic Power, Heart by Pass, Transplants, Radiation and Kimo-therapy, Neo-natal Medicine, Vaccines and the Elimination of Diseases,, Nuclear Power, the Computer, the Cell Phone, Cloning, Brain Surgery, the Mapping of Genetics, .

Teachers, Scholars, and Philosophers: Adam and Eve Learn from God, Parents Commanded to Teach Their Children (Exodus), Moses, Samuel, God is a teacher Psalms 32:8, Solomon, Jehosaphat, Confucius, Aristotle, Socrates, Aesop’s Fables, John the Baptist, Jesus Christ, the holy spirit is the great teacher John 14:26, James, Peter, John the Loved, Paul, Timothy and His Mother and Grandmother, Paul commands Timothy to teach in 1 Timothy 4:11,Wemon are to tech women Titus 2:3-6, , Martin Luther, John Calvin, Francis of Assisi, John Bunyan, Tyndale, Whitcliffe, the Grim Brothers, Hans Christian Anderson, Benjamin Franklin as Poor Richard, Spurgeon, J. Vernon Mcgee, Arnold Fructenbaum, Government Schools and the Home School Movement

Missionaries : Abraham, Jonah, Daniel, the Apostles (http://home.att.net/~nathan.wilson/missionbios.html) Paul, Early Church Missionaries (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/list_of_christian_missionaries#early_christian_missionaries), Dr Livingston, Dr and Narsisca Whitman, Jim and Elizabeth Elliot, Rebekah Pearl Anast, Missionaries We Support,

Law Enforcement and Judges: God Judges Cain, God Judges Man with the Flood, God Establishes the Law, Moses Appoints Judges over the People, Deborah the Reluctant Female Judge, Samuel Prophesies Judgment on Eli’s Sons, Samuel Prophecies Judgment on Saul, Nathan Prophecies Judgment on David and Bathsheba, Solomon the Wise Judge, God Judges Ahab and Jezebel, Mordecai Officer at the Kings Gate, Temple Guard, the Origin of the Sheriff, Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham, Sheriffs of the Old West, the Texas Rangers, Branches of Government Involved in Law Enforcement and Judging, The Scopes trial and Row v. Wade when judges made laws, International Courts, Crimes Against Humanity, 9-11-01 when civilians became soldiers.


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