Some of the greatest take-away lessons from women’s history are the character qualities that influential women have exhibited. Although each woman has come from a different background, a different time period, and faced a different set of circumstances, they all have strong character traits in common. Things like perseverance, courage, faith, and compassion are timeless. We might not all be destined to become world-changers, but we can certainly influence our own families and those we come in contact with throughout our lives. Studying women of strong character and modeling that behavior for our children is important. Finding Godly role models for my daughters is something I consider on a regular basis.
Heroines of the Past
History in general is one of our favorites subjects to study in our homeschool, especially using living books. When I began our women’s history study, I wanted to stick with that Charlotte Mason style approach.
One of the resources I found that combines both historical living books and character study is Heroines of the Past Bible Study from Golden Prairie Press. The author, Amy Puetz, is a homeschool graduate. She has gathered the texts of some out-of-print books and given them new life in this compilation. In addition to the inspiring stories of women in history, she has added a study of virtue complete with Bible memory verses, comprehension questions, and practical life application ideas.
There are 32 women featured in this 13-week study. They represent time periods from as early as first century Rome to the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century. Your children will learn about famous names like Joan of Arc and Florence Nightingale, as well as lesser known women of ancient Rome. Some of our favorites from the study include Katherine von Bora Luther (Martin Luther’s wife), Abbie Burgess, and Felicitas.
Each woman is recognized for not only her historical significance, but for her character virtues.
This study is intended for ages 8 and up. The reading selections make great read-alouds for the whole family to enjoy and learn from together.
If you hope to teach not only the names and dates of women’s history, but the driving force of strong character and virtue behind these women, Heroines of the Past is an excellent place to start.
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