(A Little) Of What I’ve Learned From 30 Years of Homeschooling – Redeemer Church Blog Post

Here is a great blog post by Sheree Phillips.  Sheree will be leading our Libertas Moms meetings starting up this fall!



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Just the Facts (If You Want An F) – History at Libertas Academy

Today I have a guest post by Jacob Phillips.  Jacob is joining Libertas this coming school year to teach Western Civilization.

What was the Missouri Compromise?

Bad answer: The Missouri Compromise was a federal statute, passed in 1820, that regulated slavery in the western territories. It was passed mainly because of the efforts of “The Great Compromiser,” Henry Clay, and it established a line north of which were “free territories” and south of which were “slave territories.”

Good answer: The Missouri Compromise was an example of how 19th century politicians continually employed stopgap measures to resolve conflicts regarding slavery, and was arguably the first concrete sign that war was inevitable.

The preceding example is used to illustrate a point – perhaps the least important thing about history courses are the specificity of facts. Nobody should care if the Missouri Compromise was passed in 1820 or 1819, and if you put a gun to my head, I would still not be able to tell you the longitude and latitude of the Mason-Dixon line. History is about significance; to the extent that the who, where, how and what of a situation are important, it is only to provide meaningful context for why a given event was significant.

If you have a child who is an advanced middle school or a high school student I invite you to join my Western Civilization class this coming school year, not because I think your kids should be more knowledgeable about historical facts. I invite you to join because history is a collection of stories; stories of redemption, hope, fear, longing, ambition, temptation, cowardice, courage, cleverness, betrayal and manipulation. The importance of history is not that we learn about it, but that we learn from it. That’s why the best history courses begin not with “Here’s what happened…” but with “Once upon a time…”

Our goal will not be merely to learn that William Wilburforce was courageous, but to learn what it means to be courageous, and the effect our courage can have on the world around us. Our goal will not be merely to learn about the what and where of World War II, but to discover how uncritical patriotism can make the world burn.   It might not be important to know what crusade happened in which year, but it probably is important to analyze how political leaders use religious pretexts to being about their own, selfish goals.

My goals is that at the end of the school year, students will be better researchers, better equipped for college courses, and have a richer understanding about why we got to where we are today, not just how we got to where we are today.   If I do my job right, then while I can’t promise you they’ll know how many wives Henry VIII had, I can promise you they’ll know why England is Protestant.


Homeschool graduate, Jacob Phillips, graduated with his B.A. in History from the University of Central Florida. His senior thesis paper analyzed the impact that Pope Leo X and Catholicism generally had on the development of Nazism and the ease with which the Holocaust was accepted in Germany particularly and Europe more generally. He is graduating this spring with a J.D. from the University of Florida Levin School of Law. He has worked with a public policy think tank on improving the provision of education in juvenile detention facilities; their suggestions are currently being presented to Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Department of Education. He also interned with Alliance Defending Freedom, an organization committed to defending religious freedom that has represented litigants before the Supreme Court, and clerked with Judge Eric F. Melgren, Federal District Court of Kansas, the last judicial appointee of President George W. Bush. He has a passion to see high school students better equipped and prepared for undergrad courses and to envision students as to the importance and significance of studying humanities.

For more information on this, or any other classes at Libertas Academy, email libertasacademyorlando@gmail.com or visit http://www.LibertasAcademyOrlando.com.

Homeschool Support for Mom

I wanted to share an exciting new program for the homeschool program Libertas Academy.

Home education puts the natural focus on the children: What’s best for them?  How can we moms insure that their education includes both academics and discipleship? Who are the best teachers and students to supplement our family’s influence in their lives in a co-op environment?  How can we best invest into both their minds and hearts in preparation for an adult life of service to God and others?
All loving moms make sacrifices no matter which academic choice we make for our children. But face it, choosing home education is a life of 24/7 schooling which requires far more than making sure they can read, write and do math. Assuming the comprehensive responsibility for being not just mom but also teacher, principle and guidance counselor for your kids is a life laid down day after sometimes exhausting day.
This means the kids shouldn’t be the only ones on the home education radar screen. Mom has needs, too.
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Libertas has invited Sheree Phillips to spend regular times with our teacher-moms this coming year. Having homeschooled her 7 children through high school, Sheree knows both the joys and challenges of our daily lives. Her passion for home education hasn’t waned, but her desire to support, encourage and mentor homeschooling moms has only grown since her youngest graduated in 2011. Her 40 years of experience caring for and mentoring women as a pastor’s wife adds to her ability to understand our needs. Sheree will be meeting with Libertas moms for informal and interactive times to share her heart and experience, and to pray for and support us throughout the year. I know you will each benefit because Sheree is also the woman who home educated me for twelve years. I’m excited about Libertas moms benefiting from the care, counsel and encouragement I regularly receive from my Mom.
This aspect of our ministry here at Libertas is going to add a new dimension to our ministry to homeschooling families.  We want to not just provide education supplements to your Home School but also personal care and support through the process. Details will be coming soon about these meetings.
If you would like more information about Libertas, or “Libertas Moms”  please visit http://www.libertasacademyorlando.com or email libertasacademyorlando@gmail.com.

Middle School and Elementary History

Here are a couple history classes coming up at Libertas Academy for the 2015-2016 school year. For more information, email libertasacademyorlando@gmail.com


3rd and 4th

Join us on a journey into the past! This history course, designed for students in grades 3-4, will cover history from creation through the middle ages. We will utilize Susan Wise Bauer’s award winning Story of the World Books, volumes one and two. In addition, required materials will include the Story of the World Activity Guides. The book is also available in audio format for those who might be interested.


World history is not just dates, events, and revolutions – it’s the story of God revealing Himself to mankind. It’s the story of people. The epic story of mankind is still being told! In this course we will utilize Mystery of History volumes I and II as we explore history from the time of creation up through the middle ages. Volumes I and II of Mystery of History will be required. An optional reading list will also be provided for those who want to delve deeper.

The curriculum is structured with an emphasis on reading, writing, and research. In addition, numerous options are provided to address all the learning styles. By keeping a growing timeline and a Student Notebook divided by continents, students will able to pull together what was happening when and where.