Do you know about the Hidden Message of the National Seal?

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

We have been supplementing our history studies with The Hidden Message of the Great Seal How Foundational Truth From The Dawn Of Liberty May Rescue A Republic In Peril from The Hidden Message, LLC. This book is fascinating! The hidden message is a needed history lesson for our day.

What is it all about

Did you know that the seal of the United States has two sides? Did you know there were several iterations?

This book is quite an exhaustive study of our countries great seal and the history that surrounds it and our nation. It is a 260-page book full of great pictures and quotes! (I am a sucker for pictures since I am a visual learner and there are plenty in this book.) One of the quotes in the book that really seems applicable today is from Patrick Henry, “Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is when people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom…”

The book The Hidden Message of the Great Seal covers the history of the seal, the mottos on the seal, the men involved in making the seal, and the message of the seal. Major themes on the seal that are expanded on in the book are virtue, freedom, Providence, and unity. The book also dispels some false information about the seal using the words of our founding fathers and the written record.

How did we use it

One of my boys picked up the book because he is really interested in money and our dollar has the images of the seal (actually you will learn by reading this book there is a slight difference in our money). I thought it was interesting that the seal design was based on the older currency of the day, and one of the seal designers also designed continental money. The book was a great tool to teach him about money, the seal, and our Nations founding.

The author, Michael Kanis, has spent a lot of time researching the American seal. I was impressed with all the Latin motto interpretations he presented. Some of the Latin was above my head, but it’s good to see all the Latin meanings and history laid out so I could understand them. I would love to see a study guide for this book.

I would highly recommend adding The Hidden Message of the Great Seal to your History book collection. Now more than ever we need to be teaching our children what the founding fathers had in mind for our great country and teach them that they have a responsibility to promote freedom and justice. For a limited time you can get a 50% off discount at The Hidden Message of the Great Seal How using the discount code “HOMESCHOOL”.

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Early Jamestown history app review


I was thrilled to discover this app about Jamestown since we are studying American history this year. The app appears to come from Colonial Williamsburg because there are several videos that look like something that you would see at a museum. There are only a handful of History apps that are available so it was a welcome surprise to come across a free history app! The Early Jamestown app is a good quality free History app! There are pictures and videos throughout the app. The app is similar to an interactive iBook. The app goes through the history of Jamestown in chronological order.

Apparently the app only includes chapter 3 and Chapter 4. Maybe more will be added later as paid content but the app appears to cover most of the important stages of the early Jamestown history. There is discussion about the conflict with the Indians and other issues that early Jamestown colony encountered. The pictures are good and the videos are professional. The only issue I had was with the videos. The video window is so small that you always need to expand while playing. It would be nice if they automatically expand when you watch them.

On my iPad the Early Jamestown app is one the the best apps for homeschooling especially since its Free!