Sword of Freedom/Hero Project 

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Time - 8:45 - 10:45

Age: 13+ (Mature 12 year olds at parent's discretion)

Class Fee - 
First semester- $60
Second semester - $40


Mentors- D.D. Black and Melissa Summers

Class Description

This year, we will be studying wars (the Civil War to WW2) that helped provide or protect our freedoms.
We will learn about the realities of these times in our history to connect to the truths we need learn, the wisdom we need gain & the real life skills we need now to equip us in moving forward through these tumultuous times to peace, freedom & prosperity - preserving our liberty & the liberty of those that will come after.

Experience a new birth of freedom through this project and the study of the men and women of the times. Through the simulations, great classic books, presentations, and more, scholars will learn how to step out of the turmoil and above the fray to see the big picture, learn strategies to resolve conflict, learn to be aware of how they are making their decisions (based on fear or not), and how to find or be "the hero" in tough situations. We are hoping to have some fun & engaging field trips throughout the year, and an awesome end of year trip. More details to come!


We will be having movie nights (or afternoons) throughout each semester & lot's of fun surprises along the way. Hands on learning of history is an awesome adventure! Get ready for an amazing year!!! Reading powerful classics are a core part of this project. Below is the list of books & the weeks we will be discussing each one. Scholars are encouraged to jump right in to reading these now, so they can participate in our awesome & rewarding (in more than one way ;) book colloquiums.

Required Materials NOT INCLUDED in the Class fee:
1. Sword/Hero binder from the LEMI store (Need to have this BEFORE the first day of class) https://shop.lemimentortraining.com/Both-Sword-of-Freedom-The-Hero-Project-Student-Manuals-in-one-B-SwHero.htm
2. Possible need to help with the costs (gas, food) for field trips that we are unable to cover with the minimal class fees IF we are able to do field trips. (We are not adding in the cost of field trips, as we are not sure if we will get to do these. So, as we approach field trips, scholars may be asked to help with the costs that are not covered by the minimal class fee
3. An optional end of year trip - if we are able to do so as well.


First semester required reading:
Due the first week of class:
"A Wind in the Door" by Madeleine L'Engle
Due the second week of class: "Sounding Forth the Trumpet" (for young readers version) by David Manuel; Peter Marshall *Scholars are encouraged to begin reading these two books above now, so they are ready to go the first two weeks of class. Due week 4: "Uncle Tom's Cabin"

Due week 6: "Across Five Aprils"

Due week 9: "Abraham Lincoln" by, Wilber R. Gordy (sold at the LEMI online store) *Scholars will need to jump right into the last two books, right after the above.

Due week 13: "To Kill a Mocking Bird"

Due week 14: "The Anatomy of Peace" by the Arbinger Institute

First semester awards: Civil War era replica sword, star for each advancement

Second semester required reading:
Due the first week of class: "The Dream Giver" by Bruce Wilkinson AND "The Man Who Planted Tree's" by Jean Giono *These two are short & quick reads, to be read over winter break.
Due the second week of class: "Children of the Dust Bowl" by Jerry Stanley AND "The Great American Dust Bowl" by Don Brown *These two are very short, quick reads. They can easily be read in a week, or also read over the winter the break. (We'd encourage the later, so there is no rush.)

Due week 6: "Things We Couldn't Say" by Diet Eman OR "The Hiding Place" by Corrie Ten Boom *We will be discussing both, but scholars only need to choose one to read.

Due week 8: "Flags of Our Fathers" (adapted for young people) by Ron Powers

Due week 11: "Hiroshima" by John Hersey

Due week 13 (or week 16 TBD): "Seven Miracles that Saved America" by Chris & Ted Steward

Second semester awards: custom dog tags for each scholar, end of year party