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Rescue and Redeem: Volume 5 Chronicles of the Modern Church
Author - Mindy and Brandon Withrow
Bibliographic Data - Paperback, 251 pages


As the modern world exploded with rapid changes- in transportation, in communication, in manufacturing- people around the globe faced overwhelming new challenges. As Christians arrived for the first time in other countries, they realized that being a Christian was about living out the gospel in every culture. And they realized that great injustice was everywhere! So they met the challenges of modern life with new ways of communicating Christ's ancient gospel. Men like Hudson Taylor and women like Pandita Ramabai set out to rescue God's global people and redeem them to new life in Christ. Read the stories of the Japanese samurai who traded his sword for a Bible and the Hawaiian princess whose faith strengthened her to defend her nation. Discover the German and Ugandan pastors who stood up to murderous dictators. Get to know the teacher in India who rescued child widows and the writer in Britain who created a world in a wardrobe. Stories about Dwight Moody, John Ross, Samuel Moffett, Princess Ka'iulani, Marianna Slocum, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, C.S. Lewis, and Janani Luwum are also included. Extra features look at the modern church, missions in a modern world, living the "golden rule", big moments in modern Christianity, and other modern Christians. This book is scheduled for the student to read independently.

Story of the World, Vol. 4: The Modern Age
Author - Susan Wise Bauer
Bibliographic Data - Paperback, 512 pages


Now more than ever, other countries and customs affect our everyday lives-and our children need to learn about the people who live all around the world. Written in an engaging, straightforward manner, this volume weaves world history into a storybook format, covering major historical events between the years 1850-2000. From the Middle East and China to Africa and the Americas-find out what happened all around the world in the last century and a half. The Story of the World includes stories of each continent and people group and is illustrated throughout with black-and-white drawings and maps. The readings in this book are combined with readings from All American History Vol. II, Hero Tales II and III, Rescue and Redeem, and Great Events in American History to provide a fuller look at American history in conjunction with world history and to gain a fuller picture of world history that includes Christian heroes from around the world too. Note: Missions to Modern Marvels omits the first 11 chapters and begins using this volume at Chapter 12. This book is scheduled for the student to read independently.

All American History Volume 2: The Civil War to the 21st Century
Author - Celeste W. Rakes
Bibliographic Data - 557 pages


All American History Volume II is written in a comfortable, factual style that is designed to be engaging. Containing hundreds of pictures and dozens of maps, this book of American history helps students travel back in time to experience America's past. This volume coordinates well with the world history focus of Story of the World Vol. 4 and is further enhanced by the use of Hero Tales II and III, Rescue and Redeem, and Great Events in American History. All American History examines important events from the Civil War to 2001 including the atmosphere in which the events occurred and their impact on the future of America. Learn about the latter half of American history with units on Reconstruction, the Gilded Age, World War I & II, The Great Depression, The Cold War and more! Looking at the past through a distinctly Christian lens, All American History brings America's story to life for students in grades 7-12. Note: Missions to Modern Marvels omits the first 10 lessons and begins using this volume at Lesson 11. This book is scheduled for the student to read independently.

Link to Table of Contents and to see inside.

Hero Tales - Vol. II
Author - Dave & Neta Jackson
Bibliographic Data - Softcover, 192 pages


This volume contains true, character-building stories about Christian heroes. Written to introduce students to models of Christian virtue, each tale will inspire and encourage them to be heroes for Christ. Each chapter includes a highlighted character trait, appropriate Scripture, the story, and several follow-up questions about the tale. While the Hero Tales volumes are written in a larger font and give the appearance of being appropriate for a young audience, we find that the stories in Volumes II and III are often filled with persecution and difficult issues that are much better suited for an older, more mature audience. The tales are often inspiring in spite of hardships suffered and are faith building. When interwoven within the chronology of the thread of history in Missions to Modern Marvels, these tales will provide students with true heroes as seen in God's eyes. We will use many of the stories, but not all, of both volumes of Hero Tales II and III (with the exception of some stories from time periods that we have already covered in previous guides).

Hero Tales Vol. II and Vol. III are being specially reprinted for Heart of Dakota with permission from the authors. These volumes are too good to be missed and are great for rereading, time and time again. Plus, any unused stories will fit well in the Biography genre of Drawn into the Heart of Reading, so none will be wasted. Here is a list of the heroes that the students will be reading about in Vol. II: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jim Elliot, Festo Kivengere, Eric Liddell, Watchman Nee, John Perkins, Amanda Smith, Corrie Ten Boom, and Cameron Townsend. For each person within the volume, an introduction and 3 stories are typically included. All are narrative and unforgettable! It is our prayer and hope that these stories will challenge your students to live out their Christian faith in their everyday lives beginning right where they are planted. This book is scheduled for the student to read independently.

Link to Sample

Link to Table of Contents

Hero Tales Vol. III
Author - Dave & Neta Jackson
Bibliographic Data - 192 pages


Hero Tales Vol. II and Vol. III are being specially reprinted for Heart of Dakota with permission from the authors. These volumes are too good to be missed and are great for rereading, time and time again. Plus, any unused stories will fit well in the Biography genre of Drawn into the Heart of Reading, so none will be wasted. See the description for Volume II for more detailed information. Here is a list of the heroes that the students will be reading about in Vol. III: Mary McLeod Bethune, Brother Andrew, George Washington Carver, Jonathan & Rosalind Goforth, Billy Graham, Betty Greene, Clarence Jones, Gordon McLean, Lottie Moon, Luis Palau, Rochunga Pudaite, Mother Teresa, and Charles Albert Tindley. For each person within the volume, an introduction and 3 stories are typically included. All are narrative and unforgettable! It is our prayer and hope that these stories will challenge your students to live out their Christian faith in their everyday lives beginning right where they are planted. This book is scheduled for the student to read independently.

Link to Table of Contents

Great Events in American History
Author - Rebecca Price Janney
Bibliographic Data - 175 pages


From the Spanish-American War in 1898 to the terrible events of September 11, 2001---learning what happened on important dates helps us better understand the world in which we live! Packed with brief, compelling accounts of historic happenings, Janney's resource offers glimpses of God at work in seemingly "secular" events. The historical significance behind each included date is explained in a two to four page chapter. What sets this book apart is that the events are placed into the context of God's kingdom, conveying this through anecdotes and excerpts from speeches and sermons taken from the time period covered in each chapter. For example, the D-Day (1944) chapter includes President Roosevelt's prayer for the soldiers and their families.

Some of the other events covered in this book are the San Francisco Earthquake (1906), Wright Brothers' First Flight (1903), Sinking of the Titanic (1912), World War I (1914-18), Stock Market Crash (1929), Pearl Harbor (1941), Brown vs. Board of Education (1945), Hiroshima (1945), Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955), Sputnik (1957), Cuban Missile Crisis (1962), Assassination of J.F.K. (1963), Tet Offensive (1968), Assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy (1968), Man Walks on the Moon (1969), Shootings at Kent State University (1970), President Nixon in Russia and China (1972), Nixon Resigns (1974), Iranian Hostage Crisis (1979-1981), The Challenger Disaster (1986), Fall of Soviet Communism (1989), Persian Gulf War (1990-1991), Oklahoma City Bombing (1995), and September 11 Terrorist Attacks (2001). Rather than a dry recounting of historical facts and figures, these stories will draw the reader into a fascinating account of major happenings that convey what happened from both a temporal and eternal perspective. Bibliographical references are provided at the end of each chapter. Note: Missions to Modern Marvels begins using this book with events from 1890 forward. This book is scheduled for the student to read independently.

Student Notebook Pages for Hearts for Him Through Time: Missions to Modern Marvels
Author - Carrie Austin, Design - Merlin DeBoer
Bibliographic Data - Shrink-wrapped, 3-hole punched, Full-color/2 sided


Student Notebook Pages for Hearts for Him Through Time: Missions to Modern Marvels come 3-hole punched on heavy paper for easy insertion into a 3-ring binder. Pages are in full-color and are beautifully designed to provide a permanent keepsake for your student(s). A full-color cover is included to place in a clear sleeve in the front of your own 3-ring binder. Students are instructed where to place various assignments on the provided pages of the Student Notebook throughout the "Learning Through History" side of the plans of Missions to Modern Marvels. This helps organize student's work to create a visually appealing portfolio of assignments from the student's study of this time period.

Entries within the full-color notebook include keeping a timeline, writing narrations, copying portions of famous historical speeches, studying and labeling period memorabilia, completing Draw and Write Through History sketches and copywork, connecting historical photographs with the history readings, basic note-taking and outlining, typing of oral narrations by parent as student narrates, reading primary source documents, labeling historical maps, summarizing economic principles, and referring to any needed project helps. Students file their full-color maps from Map Trek in the notebook as well. Each student needs his/her own set of Student Notebook Pages. Additional sets may be purchased individually from Heart of Dakota.

Book of Great American Speeches for Young People
Author - Suzanne McIntire
Bibliographic Data - 292 pages


The history of the United States has been characterized by fervent idealism, intense struggle, and radical change. And for every critical, defining moment in American history, there were those whose impassioned voices rang out, clear and true, and whose words compelled the minds and hearts of all who heard them. When Martin Luther King Jr. said, "I have a dream," Americans listened and were profoundly affected. Speeches such as this stand today as testaments to this great nation made up of individuals with bold ideas and unshakeable convictions.

This book includes over 100 speeches by U.S. Presidents, African American leaders, abolitionists, women's suffrage and labor activists, writers, athletes, and others from all walks of life; featuring inspiring and unforgettable speeches by such notable speakers as: Sojourner Truth - Susan B. Anthony - Mother Jones - Lou Gehrig - Franklin D. Roosevelt - Albert Einstein - Pearl S. Buck - Langston Hughes - John F. Kennedy - Martin Luther King Jr. - and many more.

These are the voices that shaped our history. They are powerful, moving, and, above all else, uniquely American. Note: Missions to Modern Marvels begins using this book with speeches from 1890 forward. The speeches in this book are either scheduled for the student to read independently or for use in once-weekly Socratic discussions with the parent.

Draw and Write Through History: Invention, Exploration, and War: The 20th Century
Author - Carylee Gressman

Bibliographic Data - Full color, 64 pages

Take your children on an exciting journey through time as you draw and write your way through history! Learn how to draw a Model T, the Titanic, a penguin, a seal, a World War I soldier, a U-boat, the Red Baron's plane, Amelia Earhart, the Golden Gate Bridge, a Sherman Tank, Winston Churchill, Mount Rushmore, a jaguar, a macaw, Martin Luther King Jr., Apollo 11, and a space shuttle. Full-color drawings are shown with step-by-step illustrations within the book. History-related, cursive copywork passages are also included. Books are not consumable. Drawing exercises are scheduled to correspond with the history readings in Missions to Modern Marvels and are drawn in the Mission to Modern Marvels: Student Notebook.

Map Trek Printable CD (customized to time period)
Author - Terri Johnson
Bibliographic Data - Printable CD


Description and samples from the publisher's website:
Here's what the Map Trek CD provides:

  • Full-color teacher answer maps.
  • Blank outline maps for the student
  • Instructions for how to use these maps
  • Glossary of terms
  1. Each full color teacher's answer map will help you tremendously. See the provided sample.

  2. Unlabeled student maps for your child to color and label are provided. Notice a few key features on this map. There is a slight shading on the ocean/water areas to help your child determine which parts of the map are land and which are water. BUT the shading is minimal so as not to interfere with your child's creative coloring process AND not to use much ink when printing from your printer.

  3. Lesson Plans help you know what to assign to each of your children at their various stages of learning. The Missions to Modern Marvel's Teacher's Guide schedules these mapping exercises in conjunction with the history readings and tells your student when to use each map.

    Here is a full list of maps that are included on this special printable CD of Map Trek produced for Heart of Dakota by the publisher.

    • USA (Jim Crow Laws/Right to Vote)
    • USA (Major Centers of Immigration)
    • World Empires 1900
    • The Balkan Wars
    • World War I (map 1)
    • World War I (map 2)
    • The Russian Revolution
    • The Division of Ireland
    • Europe, Post WWI
    • Iberian Peninsula
    • Famous Early Flights (Lindbergh/Earhart)
    • The Great Depression
    • Totalitarianism
    • China and Japan at War
    • The Baltic States
    • World War II (map 1 - Europe)
    • The Bombing of Pearl Harbor
    • World War II (map 2 - S. Pacific)
    • Italy and the Balkan Peninsula
    • The Growth of Communism
    • Independence for India
    • The Middle East
    • The Nation of Israel
    • The Cold War
    • The Korean War
    • The Vietnam War
    • The Wars in Asia
    • Indonesia
    • New Zealand
    • Cuba
    • The Gulf War
    • 9/11 - Attack on the U.S.
    • Conflict in Iraq

    Completed maps will be filed within the Missions to Modern Marvels Student Notebook.

    Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?
    Author - Richard J. Maybury
    Bibliographic Data - 159 pages Richard J. Maybury


    This clear book about economic principles is written in a narrative style as a series of letters from "Uncle Eric". Historic events like the stock market crash in the United States will have you counting your pennies as you learn about recession, inflation, the demand for money, government spending, investment cycles, velocity, and more! Recommended by the late William Simon, former U.S. Treasury Secretary, this is an essential book for every student, businessperson and investor. This book is scheduled for the student to read independently. An economic principle learned from the reading is recorded in the Student Notebook each week.

    Table of Contents:
    1. Money: Coins and Paper
    2. Tanstaafl, The Romans, and Us
    3. Inflation
    4. Dollars, Money, and Legal Tender
    5. Revolutions, Elections, and Printing Presses
      Big Mac Index
    6. Wages, Prices, Spirals, and Controls
    7. Wallpaper, Wheelbarrows, and Recessions
      Boom and Bust Cycle Since the Civil War
    8. Fast Money
      History Repeats
    9. Getting Rich Quick
    10. The Boom and Bust Cycle
    11. How Much is a Trillion?
      The Roaring 90's
      Federal Debt Chart
    12. What's So Bad About the Federal Debt?
      An Interesting Exercise
      One Reason Governments Spend So Much
    13. Summary What Happened in 2008?
      The Unknown Shakeout
    14. Where Do We Go From Here?
    15. Natural Law and Economic Prosperity
      Nations and Legal Systems
    • Excerpt from The Long Winter
    • Sutter's Fort Trade Store Sign
    • Comparison of Law Chart
    • Distilled Wisdom
    • The Truth About Inflation
    • The Oil Myth
    • Measures of Money Supply
    • Supply of Dollars Chart
    • Real Wages
    • Real Wages Chart
    • How to Invest in Gold and Silver
    • Resources
    • Movies and Documentaries
    • Internet Addresses
    • Financial Newsletters
    • Bibliography and Recommended Reading
    • Glossary

    Common Sense Business for Kids
    Author - Kathryn Daniels
    Bibliographic Data - 63 pages


    What does it take to be successful in business? Anthony Maybury used to think that in order to be successful in business one must know how to put complex theories into practice. He thought that success required knowledge of advanced mathematics, inventory management equations, and whiz-bang marketing techniques. But, he made some interesting discoveries. He came to realize that the greatest contributor to his business success was found in life experiences, not textbooks. Mr. Maybury said his business strategy was just "plain old common sense." But, through years observing others in the business world, he realized that his common sense business strategy was not so common after all.

    Through a series of interviews, author Kathryn Daniels collected dozens of Anthony Maybury's anecdotes and common sense strategies about what it takes to be successful in business. The result is a collaboration to benefit and encourage kids interested in entering the business world; but Maybury's wisdom is ageless. Using practical judgment derived from experience rather than study, and using real-world examples, Anthony Maybury explains common sense realities behind basic business principles, including: fixed and variable costs, market potential, research, price strategies, inventory management, salesmanship, and management techniques. Mr. Maybury discusses characteristics needed to be a successful entrepreneur, manager, or employee. Mr. Maybury comments: "I hope the 'common sense' I share with you will be beneficial as you embark on your own career, that it helps you appreciate the value in being aware, of looking at things from multiple perspectives, and of being ready to adapt. I hope you see that even though success in business may seem complicated, it's really just 'common sense.' "

    This book explains common sense strategies behind basic business principles with gems of wisdom for the businessperson (young or experienced) conveyed through real-life stories and anecdotes. Though written with young people in mind, this book is engaging and beneficial for adults as well. This book is scheduled for the student to read independently. An economic principle learned from the reading is recorded in the Student Notebook each week.

    1. Business: It's All About Common Sense
    2. The Biggest Cause of Business Failure
    3. Operating Costs: There is More to Business Than What You Pay for the Product
    4. Market Potential: Two Isn't Always Better Than One
    5. More About Markets: The Perfect Fit
    6. Research, Research, and More Research
    7. How Much Does It Cost?
    8. Don't Put All Your Eggs in One Basket
    9. Change With the Times
    10. Needs Versus Wants
    11. Business is Hands-On
    12. Inventory
    13. The Employee, the Employer, and the Entrepreneur
    14. Salesmanship
    15. Deciding Which Business to Go Into
    16. The Other Stuff You Need to Know
    17. There is No "Final Answer"

    Explorer's Bible Study: Quest - Faith at Work
    Author - Marni Shideler McKenzie and Nancy S. Bridges
    Bibliographic Data - 231 pages (consumable workbook)

    This in-depth Bible study is designed for students in grades 7-12 to do independently. This is a study of Romans, Galatians, and James in which students read all of these three books of the Bible as part of the study. Lessons are broken down into daily sections. Questions are provided for the student to help him/her understand what the Bible says, what the passage means, and how to apply the reading to his/her life. Map studies are included, so the student can better understand the geography of the lesson.

    The goal of each lesson is for students to think, evaluate, understand, and apply what God is communicating through His Word. Notes are provided after each lesson to solidify Biblical truths and principles and to help give students a deeper understanding of what they have read. Any Bible version can be used with this thought-provoking study. Memorization of all of Romans chapter 12 and James chapter 4 will be paired with this study, as students memorize a verse or two each week until both of these chapters are memorized. Students will also work on using personal application in their prayers as they pray through the parts of prayer each week (adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication). Each student needs his/her own copy of the Student Book. Link to see inside the study

    Hymns for a Kid's Heart Vol. 2
    Author - Joni Eareckson Tada & Bobbie Wolgemuth
    Bibliographic Data - Hardcover, 96 full-color pages; included CD


    This book and CD set has everything your students need, to learn twelve of the greatest hymns ever composed. The words of these hymns reveal the depth of God's character, provide hope in the dark times, and give us reasons to celebrate. And because these hymns are an introduction to the God who loves us and provides for each day's needs, these words will remain in our hearts forever. This method of hymn-singing fits very well with Charlotte Mason's philosophy of hymn study. Students are scheduled to use the book and CD set as part of their daily quiet time. This beautiful, full-color hardback edition with accompanying music CD is published by Heart of Dakota.

    • Be inspired by the true stories of the hymn-writers.
    • Connect with tenderly written devotionals.
    • Learn to sing twelve classic Christian hymns along with provided sheet music.
    • Understand more about God's character and grace.
    • Meditate upon a Bible verse with each hymn.
    • Learn to pray along with their singing.

    Note: This set includes a professional, fully orchestrated CD with beautiful children's voices singing along with Joni and Bobbie.

    Included Hymns:
    1. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
    2. Fairest Lord Jesus
    3. To God Be the Glory
    4. Trust and Obey
    5. Wonderful Words of Life
    6. Onward, Christian Soldiers
    7. When We All Get to Heaven (full song)
    8. We're Marching to Zion
    9. Like a River Glorious
    10. God of Our Fathers
    11. Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
    12. My Country, 'Tis of Thee

    Who Am I? And What Am I Doing Here?
    Author - John Hay, David Webb
    Bibliographic Data - Hardcover, 256 full-color pages


    What gives a person value? What provides purpose for a life? Who Am I? And What Am I Doing Here? helps students understand what it means to be made in the image of God. Each lesson in the book features an introduction to the main topic, learning objectives, a narrative story, thought-provoking questions, important vocabulary words, two Bible memory verses, interesting interdisciplinary topics, Godly character traits for students to demonstrate, a prayer, and a worldview portion. The worldview sections provide a youth's perspective on being a Muslim, a Mormon, a New Age spiritualist, a Hindu, a Buddhist, a Communist, etc., allowing students to see the difference between these belief systems and Christianity. Probing questions help students think through how various religions compare to what God tells us in His Word. This study will result in many terrific, and very needed, discussions with our children about how to live a life devoted to our Lord. It will also address many questions about self-image and how to glorify the Lord with our lives.

    This study is scheduled for the parent to work through with the student twice weekly in the Missions to Modern Marvels Teacher's Guide. One of the huge benefits of moving the child's history and science readings to being done independently, as Charlotte Mason definitely advocated, is that it opens up our teaching time to be spent in training our children's characters, hearts, and minds. So, we use a discussion-based focus, rather than a notebooking focus for this study, as the topics automatically lead to personal and timely discussions with your teens! Plus, in the middle school and high school years, it is so important to keep a dialogue flowing between parent and child on important topics that matter for eternity, and this study will help you do that! This is a beautiful study with terrific life applications, and we are excited to schedule it in our guide.

    This book focuses on:
    • God made me in His image and crowned me with glory.
    • He has given me special gifts and a unique purpose in life.
    • I can creatively express God's love.
    • I am meant to think about beautiful and praiseworthy things, especially God and His Word.
    • I must make decisions based on God's truth.
    • I can always know the wise thing to do.
    • I must cultivate the fruit of the Spirit in my life.
    • I am a beloved child of God whose true identity is found in Christ.
    Link to Table of Contents Link to Sample Chapter

    Nature Drawing and Journaling
    Author - Barry Stebbing
    Bibliographic Data - 127 pages


    Award-winning artist Barry Stebbing shares 40 years' worth of insights on studying nature and keeping a nature journal. Full-color illustrations, inspirational quotes, journal entries, and copies of Stebbing's own journal will have you making your own Charlotte-Mason style nature journal in no time. Clear instructions, poignant reflections, and space for your work are provided in this spiral-bound softcover book. Also included are over 47 nature-related art lessons to guide your student in learning to sketch and appreciate the outdoors. Art lessons and nature journal sessions are scheduled twice weekly for the student to enjoy in Missions to Modern Marvels. The nature-themed poetry of Wordsworth, Longfellow, and Whitman is scheduled once weekly to enhance the nature journal sessions.

    President Student Notebook Pages
    Author - Carrie Austin; Graphic Design - Merlin DeBoer

    These full-color notebook pages were specially made to accompany the presidential research component in Missions to Modern Marvels. The pages come 3-hole punched on heavy paper for easy insertion into a binder and include an image of each president and places to record information about his life and presidency. Students will be required to use two different resources for information on the life of each president. Scheduled resources include The Presidents DVD series and Our Presidents: Their Lives and Stories. High school students may wish to add a third resource of their own choosing to gain yet another perspective on the lives of the presidents. Each student is required to have his/her own set of President Student Notebook pages to complete the study.

    The Big Book of Presidents
    Author - Nancy J Hajeski
    Bibliographic Data - 144 pages

    The president has been the figurehead of the United States since the time when our country was a small band of thirteen fledgling colonies until its current position as a world superpower. The forty-four leaders of our nation have had fascinating, exciting, and sometimes scandalous lives. The Big Book of Presidents illustrates each president's journey to the White House through facts, anecdotes, illustrations, photographs, inspirational quotes, and more!

    Find out which president had a faithful dog named Fala, who was the only unmarried president, and which president's daughter carried around her pet snake in the White House in this fun and fascinating overview of our country's leaders.

    Bestselling author Nancy J. Hajeski not only provides engaging information about each president, but also includes timelines of US and world events that place each president's term in office in a historical context. She also provides useful facts about the White House, Congress, the Supreme Court, presidential assassinations, the first ladies, the vice presidents, and more to help broaden kids' understanding of our government and the president's role within in. With updated information on President Barack Obama, this is the perfect introduction to the lives and characters of the US presidents.

    The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents - DVD
    Author - History Channel
    Bibliographic Data - DVD - Approximate Running Time - 6 Hours

    America's unique form of democracy separates power among three branches of government: the legislative, judicial and executive. The President of the United States, who heads the executive branch, holds the position that most embodies the aspirations of the American people. Join HISTORY(R) for a fresh perspective on how the Oval Office has evolved over the past 200 years through stories about and learn about the 43 men who have served as Commander in Chief -- from George Washington to Barack Obama. This 6-hour miniseries concentrates on the ebbs and flows of presidential power and responsibilities as each of America's leaders deal with the events, expectations and challenges of his time.

    Individual State Study (Recommended)
    Link to Publisher's Website: www.statehistory.net

    We recommend that your student complete a study of his/her individual state during this year. Time is allotted once weekly within the Missions to Modern Marvels guide for this purpose. While you may use any state study that you choose to achieve this purpose, we recommend State History from a Christian Perspective by Joy Dean. We used this study with our oldest son and really enjoyed it. To complete the study, you will need your individual state's Student Booklet (one for each student), the Master Lesson Plan Book (one copy), and your choice of creating a binder or using My State Notebook in conjunction with the study. We used the My State Notebook option and were very pleased with the results.

    Here is a link to a description of the two options: www.statehistory.net/grades3-12/information
    Here is a link to the ordering description: www.statehistory.net
    Here is a link to the ordering page: https://secure.userfriendlyis.com/statehistory.net/catalog/default.php/cPath/34

    United States History Atlas

    This invaluable collection of attractive, full-color historical maps is designed to be easy-to-read, informative, detailed and accurate. These carefully selected maps provide coverage of the United States during the historical time period studied in Missions to Modern Marvels. If you previously used Revival to Revolution, you will already own this resource and will not need to purchase it.

    What in the World? Volume 3
    Author - Diana Waring
    Bibliographic Data - - 4 CD Set


    Part three of Diana Waring's popular audio-tour through history, this set of CD's features an overview of modern history. Uncover the secrets behind charismatic world leaders who gave birth to scientific advancement, religious freedom, and racial reconciliation, as well as those who fostered revolutions, warfare, and/or tyrannical ideologies. Presented from a Biblical worldview, students will be taught history as a series of God-directed events that move both men and nations towards their destiny in Jesus Christ.

    Tracks covering the Balkan Wars, WWI, the Axis powers, Jewish Palestine, Pearl Harbor, WWII, Communism, the state of Israel, and the present times will be used in this guide. If you previously used Revival to Revolution, you will already own this resource and will not need to purchase it. 4 audio CD's for grades 5-12.


    Exploring the World of Chemistry: From Ancient Metals to High-Speed Computers
    Author - John Hudson Tiner
    Bibliographic Data - 142 pages


    Chemistry is an amazing branch of science that affects us every day, yet few people realize it, or even give it much thought. Without chemistry, there would be nothing made of plastic, there would be no rubber tires, no tin cans, no televisions, no microwave ovens, or something as simple as wax paper.

    This book presents an exciting and intriguing tour through the realm of chemistry as each chapter unfolds with facts and stories about the discoveries and discoverers. With a flair for telling biographical sketches of famous scientists, Tiner also provides students with a solid foundation for understanding the crucial purposes of chemistry.

    This engaging history of chemistry covers some of the most important discoveries, from hydrogen to metal alloys, from electricity to snowflakes. Chapters focus on some of the most famous scientists who discovered these principles. Photos and interesting sidebars provide additional information.

    Marie Curie and the Discovery of Radium
    Author - Ann Steinke
    Bibliographic Data - 128 pages


    This series introduces young, inquisitive readers to the world's greatest scientific thinkers and the challenges they faced. Their achievements, which came through personal dedication and sacrifice, have made profound changes in the world.

    This is the story of Marie Curie, a brilliant woman of science who unveiled the mysteries of the element radium. Her discovery pioneered exciting research in the field of radioactivity.

    Chemistry C500 Experiment Kit
    Author - Thames & Kosmos
    Bibliographic Data - 2012 Kit Version


    Chemistry C500 takes you on an introductory tour of chemistry with 28 classic experiments. Learn about reactions between solids, liquids, and gases. Discover the colorful effects of acids and bases. Make fizzy and foamy reactions. Write messages with invisible ink. Investigate metals and salts in electrochemical experiments with a 9-volt battery (not included). Learn for yourself how chemistry goes far beyond textbooks and laboratories to explain occurrences that happen around us every day. The 48-page, full-color experiment manual gives straight-forward instructions for setting up and performing each experiment, and then clear explanations of what happened and why.

    This kit is ideal for students who are interested in chemistry but who are not yet ready for a more advanced chemistry set. It is suitable for independent use by children in grades 7 on up, however the chemicals contained in the kit will need to be used in accordance with the warnings and cautions provided in the opening pages of the experiment manual. Experiments will be scheduled in the Missions to Modern Marvels guide.

    The Elements: Ingredients of the Universe
    Author - Ellen McHenry
    Bibliographic Data - Hard Copy & CD


    This course provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts of chemistry, combining "meaty" content with whimsical humor. The text is kid-friendly without being patronizing. (Students will love the Atomic Chef!) The coursebook contains all the information students need to know, so there is no extra teaching required by the adult administering the program. No previous knowledge of chemistry is required! Pencil and paper activities, hands-on activities and experiments, and specific safe websites to visit are included. All of these activities provide high-quality learning-- they are not "fluff." The overall theme of the curriculum is cooking and recipes, using cooking to explain chemistry concepts. The curriculum is intended to prepare students for high school chemistry.

    Topics covered: The definition of an element, the structure of an atom, the invention of the Periodic Table by Mendeleyev, chemical formulas, electron orbitals and shells, the octet rule, arrangement of elements on the Periodic Table, atomic bonding (covalent, ionic and metallic), plus an up-close look at the families on the table: alkali metals, alkali earth metals, transition metals, true metals, non-metals, halogens, noble gases, and lanthanides and actinides.

    Atoms in the Family: My Life with Enrico Fermi
    Author - Laura Fermi
    Bibliographic Data - 277 pages


    Combining intellectual biography and social history, Laura Fermi traces her husband Enrico Fermi's career from his childhood, when he taught himself physics, through his rise in the Italian university system concurrent with the rise of fascism, to his receipt of the Nobel Prize in 1938, which offered a perfect opportunity to flee the country without arousing official suspicion, and his odyssey to the United States. The Fermi's emigration to the United States in the 1930's was part of the widespread movement of scientists from Europe to the New World that was so important to the development of the atomic bomb at Los Alamos. This highly readable and narrative account of the life of scientist Enrico Fermi will help you better understand the world and the times in which he lived and worked.

    Ordinary Genius: The Story of Albert Einstein
    Author - Stephanie Sammartino

    What do you think of when you hear the name Albert Einstein? Perhaps you picture an old man with rumpled clothing, a halo of wild white hair, and an impish grin. You might know that he developed two of the most important and complex theories in science, the theories of relativity. You probably think of the word genius. Albert Einstein may have been a genius--but he was also much more than that. Einstein was a man who hated violence and took a stand for peace in the world. He was a man who was proud to be Jewish and worked to ensure a better life for his people. And he was a man who never took himself--or his fame--too seriously, and only wanted to be treated like an ordinary person and live an ordinary life.

    Evolution: The Grand Experiment - The Quest for an Answer
    Author - Carl Werner
    Bibliographic Data - 262 glossy full-color pages, indexed, hardcover.


    "If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed, which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down." -Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species

    "Darwin's book on evolution admitted that 'intermediate links' were 'perhaps the most obvious and serious objection to the theory' of evolution. He recognized that the fossils collected by scientists prior to 1859 did not correspond with his theory of evolution, but he predicted that his theory would be confirmed as more and more fossils were found. One hundred and fifty years later, Evolution: The Grand Experiment critically examines the viability of Darwin's theory"-- [p. 4] of the text.

    Pointing out the numerous mistakes that have been made in the 150 years since Darwin's Origin of Species was published, Werner examines the still-missing links in the fossil record. Chapters cover spontaneous generation, acquired characteristics, natural selections and chance mutations, the fossil record, and the formation of proteins and amino acids. Evolution: The Grand Experiment takes the unusual step of bringing together scientists on both sides of this cultural divide to present their findings. The reader is allowed to make up his or her mind as to which view is supported by the evidence. Intended for a general audience, the book is comprehensive, easy to read, and the conclusions are startling. Bright, bold photographs; short, clear paragraphs; and easy-to-understand chapters fill this glossy, colorful text. It is a book that will challenge your views and demand a verdict!

    Evolution: The Grand Experiment: The Quest for an Answer - Teacher's Manual
    Author - Carl Wener
    Bibliographic Data - 255 pages


    A thorough study of the current evidence both for and against the theory of evolution is timely. This Teacher's Manual is designed for student from grades 7-12 (and adults) and is intended to accompany the book Evolution: The Grand Experiment. Expertise in the theory of evolution is not required to teach this specific study. As one of the most controversial topics of our day, it is appropriate for home educators to address this issue, and advantageous for students to be part of this important discussion. Discussions between parent and student will be scheduled in the Missions to Modern Marvels guide using the questions contained in the Evolution: The Grand Experiment Teacher's Manual. The Teacher's Manual also contains quizzes, which will be assigned as part of the study.

    Evolution: The Grand Experiment Episode 1
    Author - Carl Wener
    Bibliographic Data - DVD


    Filmed in 3 continents and seven countries over a 12-year period, the DVD series has highlights from 12 dig sites, 60 museums, and many universities. Narrated by Andres Williams of London, this Hollywood-style production has a feel of a television documentary. This first episode coincides with Volume 1 of Evolution: The Grand Experiment, and is designed to be viewed as a supplement to the teacher's manual. This episode documents many misleading museum displays, science magazine articles, and television documentaries including "dinosaurs with feathers," "walking whales," and "flying dinosaurs." Bonus materials include an interview with author Dr. Carl Werner and a discussion on flying reptiles (Pterosaurs). This DVD will be scheduled in the Missions to Modern Marvels guide in conjunction with the readings and discussions from Evolution: The Grand Experiment.

    Genetics & DNA Experiment Kit
    Author - Thames & Kosmos
    Bibliographic Data - Experiment Kit 2012 Version


    Head into the lab for an in-depth investigation of genetics, the branch of biology focused on heredity and variation in organisms, and DNA, the acid that holds the blueprints for life. See genetic material with your own eyes as you isolate the DNA from a tomato in a test tube. Investigate inheritance and learn how traits are passed down from parents to children. Learn about dominant and recessive genes and play inheritance games to determine how traits will be expressed.

    Learn about the biology of reproduction, the components of cells, and how chromosomes are combined and copied. Assemble a model to see the elegant double-stranded helical structure of DNA. Then crack the genetic code and find out how the different parts, called nucleotides, fit together. Analyze DNA evidence to identify suspects and solve a crime. Breed your own bacteria colony to experiment with survival of the fittest. Read about how mutation affects genes and how scientists clone plants and animals. This experiment kit includes a full-color, 48-page manual with step-by-step directions for experiments/activities and explanations. Experiments will be scheduled in the Missions to Modern Marvels guide.