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Teach Your Children Proper English
ChristianSoup.com can help

Websites:
www.christiansoup.com
www.christiantech.com

by Linda Pliagas

Do you long for the days of the past when civility was in style? Are you tired of hearing people around you butcher the English language?
            If you wish to instill fondness for proper vocabulary in your children, then be sure to include Webster's 1828 Dictionary in your homeschool library collection.
            “The dictionary itself has no slang in it” explains Bonnie Noland, director of operations at www.christiansoup.com and its parent company, Christian Technologies, Inc. (www.christiantech.com).  She adds: “It was written not very long after the founding of our nation.  The English language of this time was close to the language of our Founding Fathers.”
            This dictionary version is the very first American dictionary compiled; it was the first American dictionary of the English language that came into publication after our nation’s separation from England.
            One of the missions of the company is to promote proper English in a world of shortcuts and slang.  “Our language has deteriorated quite a bit,” Noland reveals.
            Webster’s 1828 Dictionary is a very effective point of reference also for those studying period documents such as The Declaration of Independence or the Constitution of the United States.  Because our Founding Fathers were such prolific writers, historical scholars will have a variety of classical literature from which to choose.
            While slang is purposely omitted, included in the Webster’s 1828 Dictionary are numerous Bible references.  Their website explains why it is important for the dictionary to combine the English language with Scripture:  “The American Dictionary of the English Language is based upon God's written word, for Noah Webster used the Bible as the foundation for his definitions…the 1828 dictionary reflects our nation's Christian heritage, and the Christian philosophy for life, government and education.”
            The CD version, which is produced by CTI is fully searchable, prints to a word processor, file or printer.  It is very easy to operate and has won first place awards from the Readers’ Choice for Practical Homeschooling magazine in the software and interactive learning categories beginning in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004 and in 2007.
            Webster’s 1828 Dictionary CD is $29.95 on sale now for $15.95! It is available in hard copy ($65; on sale now for $55!). In the beginning of the hard-cover book of the dictionary, readers can also learn about the history of our language.
            The project of compiling the dictionary was quite extensive. “We hired two typists and we had 10 volunteers who each took on the job of typing 50 pages each. It took us one year to do it,” Noland explains.
Christian Technologies, Inc. began as a home-based software development company in 1988 and incorporated in 1990. In addition to Webster's 1828 Dictionary, the company offers a variety of other must-have books, CDs and even games. 

Of particular interest to homeschoolers and parents alike is The American Student’s Package ($49.95 now on sale for $20!), which is intended to be a complete software program for patriotic-minded scholars, it contains: Noah Webster's 1828 dictionary, The King James Version of the Bible, Webster's 1833 Bible, Strong's Greek and Hebrew definitions, Naves Topical Index, and William Federer's American Quotations, which includes a comprehensive compilation of nearly 4,000 quotations throughout American history from Presidents and historical figures plus biographies, all based on Christian heritage.

 

 


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