In an ideal world, you'd be able to be involved with your kids' education and help them with their homework every night. But, unfortunately, with everything else you have to juggle, it's probably hard to find the time. Of course, there's also that tiny problem of memory. You vaguely recall learning about the Mayflower Compact and the Battle of Bull Run when you were in school, but now it's all a bit fuzzy. Luckily, the new book, The Intellectual Devotional: American History, by David Kidder and Noah Oppenheim, makes refreshing your memory and helping your children learn possible and painless. Read on and find out Noah Oppenheim's tips for incorporating his book into you and your child's daily routine.
Explain a little bit about how The Intellectual Devotional: American History is structured.
Our book is a collection of daily readings based on the tradition of spiritual devotionals. There are 365 short entries, each of which takes about three to five minutes to read. Every day of the week covers a different theme in American history. Mondays are politics and leadership; Tuesdays are war and peace; Wednesdays are rights and reform; Thursdays are business; Fridays are building America; Saturdays are literature, and Sundays are the arts.
When you and your co-author, David Kidder, started writing the book, what type of person or reader did you have in mind?
The book is perfect for anyone who wants to escape the daily grind and wants an accessible refresher on the topic of American history. It's difficult to carve out time for yourself, and most people don't have time to take a class to continue their education. Our book is a tool that allows you to step back from the daily hustle and continue learning long after graduation. The book makes it possible to establish a daily habit of reading and learning for adults as well as kids.